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Stonehaven & the Mearns
Stonehaven was the county town of the ancient county of Kincardineshire, also known as the Mearns, bounded by Aberdeenshire to the north and Angus to the south. There has been a settlement here since prehistoric times and it is now a pleasant seaside town, something of a dormitory for Aberdeen.
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Plenty to See and Do
Stonehaven is notable for the dramatic Stonehaven Fireball Festival held at Hogmanay, when participants parade through the town swinging flaming wire cages round their heads. The purpose is to ward off evil spirits.
A 15 minute walk south of Stonehaven takes you to the ruins of the 9th century Dunnottar Castle situated in a dramatic setting on the cliffs - it was used as the location for Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson.
South of the castle are some quaint villages, such as Catterline, Kinneff (where the Crown jewels were hidden from Cromwell's army in 1651) and Arbuthnott (home of the early 20th century author, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, whose classic, Sunset Song, which was set in the area, was voted Scotland's favourite book at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2005).
The Mearns is an area of gentle, rather than rugged, beauty, with hills, woodlands and what are known in the local dialect as 'parks', rolling, tree dotted pastures. It provides opportunities for many wonderful walks. Intrepid walkers could attempt to trace the Causey Mounth, the old 12th century drove road between Stonehaven and Aberdeen, along which are several megalithic, prehistoric monuments, such as the Bourtreebush Stone Circle.
Apart from stunning Dunnotter, the area is also dotted with other castles, some ruined, some still inhabited, such as Muchalls, Fetteresso and Cowie. The vantage point on the Cairn o'Mount road affords magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. To the south, the little coastal village of St Cyrus has a nature reserve and a splendid sandy beach.
|Date||Product||Score||Customer Comment||Our Response|
|21-May-2018||Wester Bunloit DH2 (overall)||Great service always very professional helpful and great at supplying information required. Will always use them when we are travelling to the highlands.|
|21-May-2018||The Apartment at Clevedon CD2 (overall)||The apartment is fantastic and very well equipped. We were impressed the moment we arrived, from the warm welcome to the amazing welcome pack. Everything about the apartment screams quality and it felt like we were the first people to stay there, it was that spotlessly clean. The only reason I can't give a full 5 stars is because of internet access. We found access to be very slow and intermittant and while that may not be an issue for many, and if it isn't please stay here it's wonderful, for us it's as necessary as electricity and water. We still absolutely loved our visit but it's possibly the only reason I would think twice about returning. I feel really bad about marking down such a wonderful place and if it's not an issue for you, you won;t regret staying here.|
|20-May-2018||The Old Lobster House BC8 (overall)||Efficient service - which is what we would expect|
|20-May-2018||Linthill House EF3 (overall)||Everything about this rental was superb - had a really great time|
|20-May-2018||Inchina Cottage DJ7 (overall)||Dealt with our holiday smoothly and efficiently. They kept us informed with all we needed to know from the outset.|
|20-May-2018||Herdsman's Cottage BJ5 (overall)||Immaculate cottage beautifully situated inside and outside very well kept|
|20-May-2018||Middleton Bothy DA2 (overall)||great service, easy to find somewhere which fitted my needs.|
|20-May-2018||White Cottage CA5 (overall)||warm & comfortable enough for our purposes... Would be better if water supply wasn't so peaty (hate having to buy bottled water)|
|20-May-2018||South Persie House CN2 (overall)||Over het algemeen prima service, maar de respons op email laat te wensen over.|
|20-May-2018||Brekkan Cottage CF5 (overall)||No problems with the booking and payment process.|