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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|
|18-Feb-2019||Dunfuinary Cottage DA7 (overall)||Fuss free. Great communication. Would use them again.|
|17-Feb-2019||Whitmuir House FF3 (overall)||Excellent|
|15-Feb-2019||Beach Retreat EF7 (overall)||What a lovely cottage, just by the sea, in a gorgeous fishing village called ‘St Combs’. Facilities were fantastic. The owner couldn’t have done anything more than they did! Wonderful- would definitely stay there again.|
|15-Feb-2019||Tree Tops CP3 (overall)||Very clean and well equipped house. More than enough room to cook,eat and relax for six adults and two dogs. A wonderful weekend.|
|15-Feb-2019||South Persie House CN2 (overall)||Very easy site to use and a good selection of cottages. Good communication throughout.|
|15-Feb-2019||Water Wynd Cottage CD6 (overall)||Highly efficient|
|15-Feb-2019||Fisher Cottage AK7 (overall)||Easy to use. Helpful with ad hoc requests eg earlier access on day of arrival|
|15-Feb-2019||Cruinn Leum Round House FH5 (overall)||Unique Cottage's service was prompt and thier website easy to use. Taking a refundable housekeeping fee of £100 isn't something I experience with other holiday cottage providers I've used before and I thought was a bit over the top - it added 25% to the amount that had to come out of my account.|
|15-Feb-2019||Ardsheal Lodge BT3 (overall)||Excellent service throughout. Communication particularly good.|
|15-Feb-2019||The Steading CA8 (overall)||We have used unique cottages twice before and have been very pleased. The Steading was very comfortable and cosy especially when we had snow. The Varetaker went above and beyond to help in any he could . He was full of ideas for us to do.|