Rural Retreats in North East Scotland

The North East of Scotland (including Aberdeenshire, Angus & Dundee) has a unique heritage and culture. It offers the visitor everything that is quintessentially Scottish from whisky distilleries and castles to Highland Games and golf courses. Highlights include:

  • STUNNING SCENERY - rolling hills of the Angus Glens, the Cairngorm National Park, scenic Speyside and Royal Deeside, plus miles of unspoilt coastline with rugged cliffs and sandy beaches.
  • OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES - scenic walks, golf, mountain biking, cycling, fishing, horse riding, skiing at the Lecht and Glenshee.
  • ATTRACTIONS - Aberdeenshire's Castle Trail, Malt Whisky Trail, clifftop Dunnottar Castle, Balmoral Castle (summer residence for HM The Queen), ancient Arbroath Abbey, Glamis Castle (childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother ), charming Kirriemuir (the childhood home of J M Barrie, creator of Peter Pan), Pictish stones.

Angus & Aberdeenshire, Scotland
St Cyrus beach / Puffins / Loch Brandy

  • WILDLIFE - many RSPB reserves and the magnificent Montrose Basin Wildlife Reserve
  • CITY OF DUNDEE - culturally vibrant with the new V&A Dundee museum, Frigate Unicorn, RRS Discovery, McManus Art Gallery and Museum, and the Verdant Works

Staying with Scotland’s Best B&Bs is the perfect way to explore this area. You can be sure of high standards and enjoy a rural retreat with a very personal, warm welcome from your hosts. We are all inspected by Visit Scotland Quality Assurance advisors and are following Government guidelines on Covid-19.

Stay with Scotland's Best B&Bs in Aberdeenshire

Brandon Lodge B&B Aberdeenshire ScotlandBrandon Lodge Bed and Breakfast
This 4 Star stone cottage nestled in idyllic countryside is ideally situated for exploring the Moray coast, Speyside and Aberdeenshire. Situated near historic Portsoy harbour (3 miles) and Banff (5 miles), Brandon Lodge is also close to the North East 250 Tourist Route. Choose from 3 bedrooms (kingsize / double). Families with children welcome. Discover whisky distilleries, castles and standing stones, or enjoy golf, fishing, cycling and walking. Spot seals, dolphins, porpoises and whales from the coast or on local boat trips. Open all year. 10% discount on stays of 3 nights or more for 2020. OPEN from July 2020. BOOK NOW

Castleview B&B Dufftown ScotlandCastleview Bed and Breakfast
This 4 Star GOLD B&B near Dufftown is in the heart of the Whisky and Castle Trails of north-east Scotland and close to the Cairngorms National Park. Set in beautifully landscaped gardens with a stream and summer house, this B&B enjoys a great view of nearby Auchindoun Castle. Castleview is ideal for holiday-makers interested in outdoor activities, golf, fishing, distilleries and castles. Choice of 2 ensuite rooms (double or twin). Evening meals are available by prior arrangement. Ian is a enthusiastic amateur chef who prides himself in using locally sourced produce for delicious home cooked meals. RE-OPENING IN 2021. Read more.....

Stay with Scotland's Best B&Bs in Angus and Dundee

Newton Farm Holidays ScotlandNewton Farm Holidays
This 4 Star GOLD authentic working family farm is conveniently only 2 miles off the A90 between Dundee and Forfar in the scenic Angus countryside. With a choice of B&B accommodation in the farmhouse or neighbouring cottage, guests can enjoy breakfast made with produce from the farm and the local area. Your hosts won the Scottish Thistle Award in 2018/19 for the Most Hospitable B&B in the whole of Scotland, as well as 'Best Outdoor/ Adventure Experience' in the 2018/19 awards for the Central, Fife and Tayside Region. The family can take you on one of their award-winning farm tours to meet the animals, or you can try the Alpaca Walking Experience. Newton Farm is ideal for exploring the Angus Glens, playing golf or visiting Glamis Castle and the museums of Dundee. Pets are welcome by arrangement. OPEN from August 2020. BOOK NOW

Kinnaber B&B Edzell, ScotlandKinnaber Bed & Breakfast
This 4 Star B&B in the pretty village of Edzell is halfway between Dundee (30 miles) and Aberdeen (35 miles). Visit the Angus Glens, Aberdeenshire and the Cairngorm National Park. Discover castles such as Edzell, Glamis and Dunnottar. Choice of 2 ensuite twin rooms and 1 single room. £10 discount per room per night for bookings of 3 or more nights. Savour a hearty Scottish Breakfast. OPEN from August 2020. BOOK NOW

Purgavie Farm B&B ScotlandPurgavie Farm
This 4 Star farmhouse is situated on a 450 acre working sheep farm at the foot of Glenisla looking towards the Strathmore Valley in the Angus countryside. Ideally located between the Cairngorms National Park, Royal Deeside and Dundee, Purgavie Farm is 7 miles from Kirriemuir (birthplace of the author J.M. Barrie) and 10 miles from Glamis Castle. Choice of ensuite double, twin or family rooms. Freshly cooked to order on the AGA using local produce, breakfast is served in the antique dining room. Ideal for walking, cycling, birdwatching, golf, fishing or shooting. Pets welcome. OPEN from July 2020. BOOK NOW

Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire
Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire


Rural Retreats in the Scottish Highlands (Loch Ness, Lochaber, North Coast 500, Isle of Skye)

Rural Retreats in Central Scotland (Edinburgh area, Perthshire, Fife)

Rural Retreats in Southern Scotland (Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Scottish Borders)

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