What to see and do

Discover a wide range of outdoor activities

Great Outdoor Adventure

Walking, cycling, exploring beaches and harbours, boat trips, swimming and water sports, birdwatching, clay game shooting, fishing, golf, horse riding.
There’s also food and drink (not forgetting whisky!), history and heritage, events and festivals, restaurants and cafes, shopping, spa treatments. The list goes on…

The heart of our community

Take a tour...

Take a tour through our towns and villages: Crawton, Catterline, Inverbervie, Kinneff, Gourdon, Arbuthnott, Johnshaven, Benholm, St Cyrus, Auchenblae, Drumlithie, Fettercairn and Laurencekirk

Places to see...



A quaint coastal clifftop village with harbour, home to the Creel Inn.

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Kinneff Old Church

Where the Scottish Crown jewels were once hidden.

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For St Ternan’s Church and the Grassic Gibbon Centre (author of ‘Sunset Song’ – named the best Scottish novel of all time).

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Discover the Royal link and take an easy stroll along the scenic coastal path to Gourdon.


Harbour, Maggie Law Museum,
Smokehouse, Harbour Bar, Quayside Restaurant

Benholm Mill


Harbour, Heritage Hub, Lobster House, Starfish Studio, Hidden Treasure Tearoom, The Anchor Hotel, and lots more, see

St Cyrus Beach and National Nature Reserve


The charming and historic village of Auchenblae and Auchenblae Golf Course

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See ‘News’ article: Auchenblae to celebrate Scottish Father of Ceylon Tea

Drumtochty Glen

“….350 acres of wild woodland glen, encapsulating a fairytale church and breathtaking landscapes”

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Cairn o’ Mount

Fantastic views over the Mearns.

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Fettercairn Distillery, Encore, Arches, Fasque House

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Garvock Hill

Fantastic views from land to sea. Find out more


Former market town of the Howe of the Mearns

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Nearby attractions...

Dunnottar Castle

The stunning and dramatic historic ruins of Dunnottar Castle.

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Stunning Stonehaven logo

The county town of Stonehaven with its beautiful harbour, cafes, restaurants, bars, hotels, leisure facilities which include an art deco (seasonal) heated saltwater outdoor swimming pool. A host of activities are available – paddle boarding at the harbour anyone?

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Royal Deeside and the Victorian Heritage Trail

North East 250

Self-drive tour.

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The Snow Roads

Angus & Montrose

The county of Angus and the market town of Montrose. Find out more

V&A Museum

…even the newly opened and widely acclaimed V & A Design Museum in Dundee is within easy reach.

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Plan a trail

Why not plan to include some of the established trails within the Mearns and surrounding areas, a selection of which is listed below.

Historic Bridges Trail

Castle Trail

Coastal Trail

Historic Churches Trail

Secret Malts of Aberdeenshire Trail

Stone Circle Trail

Pictish Stone Trail

Victorian Heritage Trail

Mearns Heritage Trail

Location Map