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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|
|24-May-2017||Cuil Bay Cottage AK1 (overall)||Simply a homely, well-equipped cottage in an outstanding location - helped by a week of perfect weather!|
|23-May-2017||Strone House BK7 (overall)||The Customer service from Unique Cottages was excellent with all correspondence replied within 24 hours.
Booking online was easy and any questions were quickly responded to.
Many thanks for making this experience friendly and effortless.
|22-May-2017||Camus Na-H'airdhe ER3 (overall)||Lovely cottage, everything you could wish for, very clean, comfortable and homely|
|22-May-2017||Rosie's Cottage EC2 (overall)||We had a really lovely stay at Rosie's cottage. It was very well equipped and very thoughtfully stocked.
We were blessed with an excellent dry and sunny week but the cottage would work well in all weathers as it is so cosy and comfortable.
The cottage is a lovely bright space with fantastic views, we loved coming back after a day out relaxing in front of the fire with just the sheep and bird song for company! Bliss.
We have already recommended the cottage to many friends and plan a return this winter.
|21-May-2017||Jarbruck Lodge ED5 (overall)||Jarbruck lodge was perfect for our needs.
Facilities were good and easy to use, plus the gardener game us lots of useful information 😄
|21-May-2017||Sandcastle Cottage FA8 (overall)||Very easy to navigate the website. Booking went really smoothly|
|20-May-2017||Kingfisher Cottage EC6 (overall)||Beautiful cottage, restored to a very high standard and feeling more like a family home than a holiday rental. Peaceful location with great walks straight from the front door.|
|20-May-2017||Dun Caan Cottage DN8 (overall)||Prompt booking|
|19-May-2017||Driftwood Cottage FB1 (overall)||Webpage is easy to use. Confirmation email is great. I have also phoned to check things before and the customer service was efficient and professional.|
|19-May-2017||Fortingall Stables EL9 (overall)||The process of booking and paying for the cottage was very smooth, with a deposit paid initially, and then the remainder taken without any action needed from me. The website is easy to use and the Ts&Cs are (relatively) concise and easy to follow. My good housekeeping deposit was returned without me having to chase it. All in all a hassle free experience.|