Why Maryculter House Hotel is an Eggs-ellent Base for Easter holidays


By Laura Begg, reception supervisor

Here’s something to put a spring in your step – the Easter holidays are here and that means some of the area’s leading visitor attractions are opening their doors for the season.

As far as locations go, I always think that Maryculter House Hotel offers our guests the best of both worlds. On the one hand you have the lush green Deeside landscape and the granite cityscape of Aberdeen of the other.

Whether you enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside or the hustle of the city, you’re never more than a few minutes from either destination. And with so much going on over the Easter holidays and beyond, you’ll never be short of things to do regardless of the backdrop you prefer.

We’re always asked by guests for recommendations on things to do and, to celebrate the official opening of the season, here’s my top tips for things you simply must do if you are visiting us over Easter – or later in the year.

Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt at Drum Castle

Just a 20-minute drive from the hotel, this magnificent property is now run by the National Trust for Scotland. It’s open daily until the autumn, but for a very different experience you simply must visit over the Easter weekend! Scouring the grounds of the castle, following clues to find a chocolate treat is an experience for both the young and young at heart.

Royal Lochnagar Distillery

You’ll be needing something to wash down that chocolate, so why not drive further west into Deeside and to Royal Lochnagar Distillery? Tours take place daily and there are different lengths depending on your level of interest. So, whether you are just curious or a true aficionado, you’ll be raising a toast to our fantastic local whisky.

DogTap & DogWalk at Brewdog 

If beer is more your thing than whisky, head north to the town of Ellon. This town is the home of global craft beer phenomenon, BrewDog and it is possible to take a tour of the brewery. You’ll findout what goes into making this exceptional beer, and you’ll taste four different samples along the way.

Balmoral Castle

Royal Deeside is famed for its castles, and this one is the jewel in the crown. Get a fascinating insight into the Queen’s favourite Scottish holiday home with a tour of the historic property. You’ll be able to visit the grounds, exhibition and the ballroom and it’s even possible to go on a Land Rover Safari. I’m not sure how much big game you’ll see on Deeside, but the local wildlife and scenery is stunning!

Dolphin watching

One creature which many people are surprised to find in north east Scotland is the bottlenose dolphin – and we have an entire colony. You might even be able to get up close and personal with one of these magnificent cetaceans by taking a boat trip from Aberdeen Harbour.

Festival Fever

Aberdeen is gaining a reputation as a festival city and there are events taking place on an almost weekly basis. From the Nuart Festival in April to TechFest in August, you can find out more about local events by visiting www.visitabdn.com

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