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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|
|15-Feb-2017||Para Handy Cottage FL2 (overall)||Lovely setting. Warm and cosy. Comfortable bed and sofa. Well stocked with kitchen equipment.
Would have thought a welcome pack might have been a nice touch. Milk, eggs, that sort of thing.
|14-Feb-2017||Beach Retreat EF7 (overall)||Cottage was well equipped clean and welcoming. Ideal for visiting fairly local attractions such as peterhead prison museum, very good. Maxduff aquarium all about fish in Moray Firth and Fraserburgh lighthouse museum. All were good value and the cottage was lovely to come back to after a day out. Also very handy for beach and walks.
Staff at unique efficient polite and friendly. No problems.
|14-Feb-2017||The Old Manse, Kilninver Estate CB3 (overall)||The service was outstanding particularly as circumstances required us to exchange cottages to accommodate bigger numbers.|
|14-Feb-2017||Balmenoch Cottage EA4 (overall)||Beautifully sited cottage, with glorious walks all around. Immaculate and still very cosy. Large kitchen diner lounge particularly comfortable. TV and WiFi all in order. Ideally situated for towns of Aberfeldy and Killen and mountain views and walks.|
|14-Feb-2017||Tigh a Bhradan Cottage AC2 (overall)||Let me start by saying that the booking experience using the website, followed by a phone call to amend the booking was faultless.
The cottage itself had some character and also some quirks. We loved the size of the cottage (4 adults plus dog in our party), we made good use of the log burner (which we did need as the electric heating downstairs struggled a little with the January cold), the kitchen was well equipped, the armchairs comfortable and the bedrooms a reasonable size. The garden on the shoreline would be great in the summer.
Only 2 negatives really: the mattress in double bed was very uncomfortable and due to the low ceiling In the bathroom, anyone over 5' 8'' will struggle to use the shower.
|14-Feb-2017||Corbet Tower Cottage CJ9 (overall)||Beautiful location, accommodation had wow factor and remained comfortable so we could fully relax .
We will come back as the walking in the area amazing and so many things we would still like to see.
|13-Feb-2017||Brae Cottage AT9 (overall)||Utterly fantastic, wonderful cottage, immaculately clean, well tended. Brilliant location.|
|13-Feb-2017||Newlands Barn AN6 (overall)||I thought experience I received with unique staff was excellent. The directions to the cottage were helpful and clear. We will be using them again later this year|
|13-Feb-2017||The Boathouse DA8 (overall)||Another lovely stay at the boathouse, it couldn't be a more perfect holiday cottage. The location is amazing if you just want to relax or venture further afield. This was our second visit and I can't imagine it being our last.|
|13-Feb-2017||Hawthorn House AN2 (overall)||Website easy to use. Very professional and helpful with any questions. Nothing too much trouble.|