things to do

There is a vast array of things to do locally from building sandcastles or flying kites on one of our long, sandy beaches nearby (Rattray Head is our favourite) to golf on one of our local courses or visiting the famous RSPB reserve at the Loch of Strathbeg.

Our local Aden Country Park is a 230 acre estate that was gifted to the area and now has an adventure playground, woodlands, picnic sites and a café. The park also has the museum of farming life which displays the story of farming in the Northeast over the past 200 years.

Fraserburgh Lighthouse and Museum

The Spirit of the lighthouse comes to life in the museum . Discover the unique role played by the Stevenson family in lighthouse history, and marvel at their engineering genius. It truly is a magnificent example of Scottish lighthouses and well worth a visit. www.lighthousemuseum.org.uk

Castles

We are situated in the heart of the castle country, the most famous being Balmoral Castle – home to the Queen and her family www.balmoralcastle.com. The historic Northeast of Scotland is home to over a thousand castles and ruins, providing a wealth of history to explore; from horrific tales of battles to romantic stories of days gone by.  The closest to Middleton is Slains Castle , a ruined castle built originally in 1597 but then destroyed by fire. It is believed to have inspired Bram Stoker enough to be the basis of his novel, Dracula. Castles and houses that are more intact start with Fyvie Castle dated 1211 and Haddo House which are both run and managed by the National Trust for Scotland and the ruins of Tolquhon Castle, which has a lovely local art gallery next door, exhibiting local Scottish artists www.tolquhon-gallery.co.uk .  Duff House is also worth a visit, it is a wonderful house designed by William Adam between 1735-40 and is run as a cultural arts centre. www.duffhouse.org.uk.

Many of the castles have fabulous gardens and a great array of tea and cake, always nice after a little exploration and a fantasy of how others once lived.

Whisky

Whisky is in the blood of all those Scottish. The distilleries are here because of the quality of the ingredients: pure, clear spring water and a never ending supply of barley. The Whisky trail of Speyside has more than half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries, each with its own story and an invitation to see, smell and taste the unique Scottish qualities of whisky. www.maltwhiskytrail.com

Bird Watching

We also have one of the best bird watching areas in Scotland, with the largest dune loch in the UK, the Loch of Strathbeg. It is a joy to visit at any time of year.

In winter, thousands of wild geese, swans and ducks fly in, including 20 percent of the world’s population of pink-footed geese – a truly incredible sight!

During the nesting season, watching puffins and other cliff nesting birds at the Bullers of Buchan is a great day out. www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/1/lochofstrathbeg

Fishing

There is plenty of fabulous fishing in the North East, with well known salmon rivers of the Spey, Dee, Don and Deveron. But also there is a chance to catch a salmon or a trout in our local rivers, even one on our farm – the Ugie – which we are happy to provide a rod on for a day!

Golf

Aberdeenshire has many superb links and golf courses – but our three nearest are Cruden Bay Golf Club rated in the top twenty in the world and Fraserburgh Golf Club  the 7th oldest club in the world founded in 1777, both have truly spectacular views and in our local village we have the Longside Golf Club. For more information on Golf Courses click here.

Cycling

Cycle Grampian is a series of cycle routes in Aberdeenshire, a great starting point for anyone wanting to visit the North East of Scotland. It is great for those wanting  family days out, or to follow the land of whisky, castles and sea scapes it is also good for those interested in racing and touring the entire region. We are located not far from cycle route 1. www.cyclegrampian.co.uk

Walking

This beautiful area of Peterhead and Buchan has a lot to offer visitors and locals with regards to exploring on foot.  There are magnificent walks that stretch from Peterhead and Buchan to St.Combs in the north, sweep down and round taking in the village of New Deer to the West, Hatton and Cruden bay with the nearby Slains Castle and Bullers of Buchan being magnificent sites on route to the south. Obviously on all your castle and whisky tours there are many walking experiences to be had – but the ones we know best are on our doorstep.

Entertainment for all the family

Lochter Activity Centre is a great day out for full on outdoor activities, you can arrange to fish, go-kart, do archery, clay pigeon shooting as well as many other action packed activies. www.lochter.co.uk

For those with small children

There is a wonderful playbarn called Hoodles, offering soft play for young ones and has an outdoor play area with trampolines, swings and pedaled go-karts. It also has a fabulous array of food for all the family to enjoy.  www.hoodles.co.uk

Researching your family history

If you are researching your family history in North East Scotland, Aberdeenshire has great genealogy resources to help you – the Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society based in Aberdeen has a library and records on cd and microfiche in addition to records of headstone inscriptions in a number of local graveyards. www.anesfhs.org.uk

Aberdeenshire Council hold registration documents, burial ground records and the old parochial records. To get you started you can book an hour of the Registrar’s time at modest cost to start your search. Our nearest office is in Peterhead, just quarter of an hour away. www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/familyhistory

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Middleton of Rora
Longside
Peterhead
Aberdeenshire
AB42 4US


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