THE LOCAL AREA
West Gallaton Farmhouse is located 2 miles south of Stonehaven and 18 miles south of Aberdeen.
Stonehaven has all the facilities you may need: shops, restaurants, pubs, playparks, indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, golf course, putting green, and of course its famous open air heated swimming pool. The town has a beautiful harbour which is lively in the summer with families paddling, sailing, kayaking or just sitting on the harbour wall enjoying a drink.
Visit Dunnottar Castle for an unforgettable
experience. A dramatic ruined cliff top
fortress in a truly stunning setting. Walk to
the castle from West Gallaton (2 miles) then
continue along the clifftop path to
Stonehaven harbour for a well earned drink
and lunch at the Marine Hotel or Ship Inn.
The Stonehaven Land Train runs from the
Market Square, via the harbour, to the castle.
Click here to find out 'What's On' in Aberdeenshire throughout the year. Highlights in Stonehaven include the Feein' Market (June), The Real Ale Festival (June), Folk Festival (July), Highland Games (July), the Harbour Festival (August), as well as the world famous New Year Fireball Ceremony on hogmanay.
Royal Deeside, begins at Banchory (25 minute drive), then carry on up through Aboyne and Ballater to Braemar. Balmoral castle is open to the public from April to the end of July. The Royal Family live there in August.
For a taste of the city, some fantastic shopping, nightlife, cinemas etc, avoid the traffic and take the train up to Aberdeen for a day. It only takes 20 minutes.
Stonehaven is full of great places to eat, from beachfront cafes to the Tolbooth, an award winning seafood restaurant located in one of Stonehaven's oldest buildings, overlooking the harbour.
Just along the road from the Farmhouse, riding lessons and hacks can be arranged at Halymyres riding stables. Stonehaven Golf course overlooks the bay. For cyclists, there are many safe quiet roads in this area, as well as forests for downhill biking. Dunnottar woods are at the end of the road - a very popular place for walking, with or without dogs.
The clifftop village of Catterline, with its spectacular sea views, is worth a trip. Watch the seals in the bay and enjoy lunch at the Creel Inn.
Paddleboarding from Stonehaven harbour
Stonehaven Sea Safari boat trips
Fowlsheugh clifftop seabird colony