VisitMearns

What to see and do

Discover a wide range of outdoor activities

Great Outdoor Adventure

Walking, cycling, clay game shooting, golf, horse riding, swimming, fishing, exploring beaches, harbours, boat trips, birdwatching, watersports. 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...

Crawton

Catterline

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

Kinneff Old Church

Where the Scottish Crown jewels were once hidden. Find out more

Arbuthnott

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

Inverbervie

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

Gourdon

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

Benholm Mill

Johnshaven

Harbour, Heritage Hub, Lobster House, Starfish Studio, Hidden Treasure Tearoom, The Anchor Hotel, and lots more, see https://www.johnshaven.com

St Cyrus Beach and National Nature Reserve

Auchenblae

The charming and historic village of Auchenblae and Auchenblae Golf Course

Find out more

Drumtochty Glen

Cairn o’ Mount

Fantastic views over the Mearns. Find out more

Fettercairn

Fettercairn Distillery, Encore, Arches, Fasque House – Find out more.

Garvock Hill

Fantastic views from land to sea. Find out more

Laurencekirk

Former market town of the Howe of the Mearns – Find out more.

Nearby attractions...

Dunnottar Castle

The stunning and dramatic historic ruins of Dunnottar Castle. Find out more

Stonehaven

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?

https://stonehavenpaddleboarding.co.uk

Find out more

Royal Deeside and the Victorian Heritage Trail

North East 250

Self-drive tour. Find out more

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 acclaimed V & A Design Museum in Dundee is within easy reach. Find out more

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