From bracing coastal walks, awe-inspiring scenery, and close proximity to some fantastic places to eat and drink, Cove is the ideal base from which to experience the very best of Scotland.
You’ll find a wealth of amenities nearby including supermarkets, the Ikea order and collection point, as well as dentists, medical and community centres, hotels, restaurants, and excellent childcare facilities.
Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven was once home to the Earls Marischal: one of the most powerful families in Scotland. Although, you may also recognise it as the location for the 1990 film version of Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson.
With its ghosts, towers, and turrets, 16th century Crathes Castle is a memorable experience. And Glamis Castle, 12 miles north of Dundee and the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, was the childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.
Visit the spectacular cliffs at RSPB Fowlsheugh near Stonehaven, packed with 130,000 breeding seabirds in the spring and summer, or go Munro bagging and climb Mount Keen, the most easterly of the Munros.
Try the history trail at Dunnottar Woods, and on summer weekends you might find the local bodgers’ group at work, trying out traditional woodturning skills. You can walk to the woods from Stonehaven, using the entrances between Carron Gardens and Woodcot Brae.
The Cove Bay Hotel offers Scottish and international cuisine complete with a seaside view, while the Silver Darling restaurant – in Aberdeen’s Pocra Quay – serves up a renowned seafood menu, against the panoramic backdrop of the beach.
Further inland, take afternoon tea at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, or relax in the inviting surroundings of the Banchory Lodge Hotel, while experiencing the best of locally sourced food.
You’re spoilt for choice in the north east when it comes to parks and green spaces.
The restored Duthie Park has an award winning play area, while the woods around Hazlehead Park are popular with walkers, runners and cyclists.
Doonies Farm sits on the cliff tops between Cove and the Aberdeen lighthouse. It is home to some of the rarest breeds of sheep, pigs, cattle, goats and horses in Britain: helping visitors learn more about endangered farm animals.
Living in Cove, you’re just a stone’s throw from the centre of Aberdeen – the silver city on the golden sands.
Scotland’s third largest city is home to a wealth of restaurants and cafes, as well as popular cinemas, theatres, music venues, pubs and nightclubs. And keen shoppers have hundreds of shops to choose from – including designer outlets, boutique stores and high street chains.
People travel from the world over to play the region’s golf courses.
Close to Cove you’ll find Balnagask golf course, right in the heart of a local conservation area with stunning coastline views. And while Stonehaven Golf Club dates from 1888, one of its best known features is somewhat more recent. Between its first and second fairways, you’ll find Hitler’s Bunker: a crater left in 1940 when a German aircraft, fleeing home after a raid, dropped a bomb on the course.
Take part in a skiing or snowboarding taster session at the Aberdeen Snowsports Centre at Garthdee; or Go Ape at Crathes Castle: taking on a variety of treetop obstacles using zip wires, Tarzan swings and rope ladders.
Or head indoors and experience the world-class facilities on offer at RGU Sport at the university’s Garthdee campus, including a swimming pool, climbing wall and three gyms; or visit the refurbished David Lloyd gym and club offering a huge range of activities including ballet, gymnastics, tennis and swimming.
The North East is well known for its stunning beaches.
Aberdeen Beach is a great place to try your hand at surfing or kite boarding, and it also has a popular area along its famous esplanade with restaurants and an amusement park, as well as a multiplex cinema and retail park.
Take a short drive south and you’ll find Stonehaven, a popular coastal resort well used by watersports enthusiasts – or if you want to keep your feet on dry land, walk along the promenade with an ice cream from Aunty Betty’s.
Admire magnificent cliffs and sand dunes – home to distinctive plants and diverse insect and birdlife – as you stroll along the beautiful beach at St Cyrus, midway between Aberdeen and Dundee.
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