Activities including basketball, indoor bowling, highland dancing and metafit are available in the Altens and Loirston Community centres, while the Robert Gordon University Sport complex is just a ten minute drive away.
And the health and leisure club at The Aberdeen Altens Hotel, a mile from Cove, has an indoor swimming pool, gym, spa pool, sauna and steam room.
Cove Rangers Football Club won the Highland League title for the fifth time in 2016. The club is in talks with Aberdeen City Council to build a new football pitch at Calder Park in Nigg.
Cove Thistle is an amateur team playing in the Aberdeenshire AFA league, while SJFA team Banks O’ Dee Football Club, based at Spain Park, competes in the Scottish Cup.
As well as its two senior XV and ladies teams, Mackie Academy FP RFC caters for players from primary school age right up to veterans: the MAMMOTHS (Middle Aged Men Mainly Over The Hill) team is for players over 35.
Rugby Tots classes run across Aberdeen, offering a rugby play programme for pre-school children from two to five-years-old.
Based on the banks of the River Dee, Aberdeen Boat Club (ABC) was founded in 1865 and celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 2015.
With a thriving membership of more than 200 members, the club has active men’s and women’s squads at all levels and gives beginners the chance to get involved through inter-company row and novice night events.
With club runs on Sundays, Aberdeen Wheelers specialises in road and time trialling events, while the recently-founded Stonehaven cycling club has grown rapidly with more than 190 active members of all abilities.
Deeside Thistle Cycling Club has a membership of around 625, including youth members aged under 12, and those still competing well into their 70s. All interests are supported from road racing, time trialling, touring, mountain biking and recumbents.
With awe inspiring training runs in breathtaking scenery such as Bennachie, Scolty and Hill of Fare, the Cosmic Hillbasher running club trains on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays.
And the 5k Hazlehead parkrun in Aberdeen takes place every Saturday at 9:30am, with runners regularly meeting for a post run coffee in the upstairs lounge bar at Hazlehead Golf Club.
You’re never far from a golf course in the north east. You’ll find Deeside Golf Club’s Haughton Course – one of the finest mature parkland courses in Scotland – close to home.
And score a birdie at the 18-hole Balnagask Golf Course in St Fitticks Road, or take in Stonehaven Golf Club’s breathtaking vistas, and even drive from sheer outcrops of rock.
Catering for players aged under eight-years-old to adults, Stonehaven Tennis Club has five all-weather tennis courts. It offers a comprehensive coaching programme, and members take part in social and competitive events.
Cults Tennis Club on Abbotshall Place, welcomes players of all standards, coaching youngsters from five-years-old. The clubhouse boasts a lounge area as well as a junior area with table tennis and pool table.
For swimmers from five-years-old, the Dee Swimming Club and Humane Society has a learn to swim section, and runs an advanced lane session at Tullos Swimming Pool. Sessions run on Sundays.
And from May to September, take a dip in Stonehaven’s famous, heated open air pool. The Olympic-sized facility offers fun sessions for kids, and has a paddling pool for under-8s.
Formed in 1978, the Stonehaven Mountaineering and Hillwalking Club meets every second weekend, and sometimes on Thursday nights at the town’s Royal Hotel.
There are monthly Sunday walks through the year, weekend meets, and an annual ‘May Week’ event, as well as demand-driven weekly rock climbing training in summer.
Thursday to Monday, 11am to 5pm
Contact: Vicki Elder and Pauline Moig
Telephone: 01224 872141 or 07725 509424 or 07884 586408