Arbuthnott House and Garden
Grand house and seat of the present Viscount and Laird of Arbuthnott. Open days held at various times of the year.
Walled garden plus several acres of cultivated garden, originating in the 17th century. Open all year.
Arbuthnott, near Laurencekirk. For more details visit the website.
Auchenblae Gala Week
Events such as quiz night, disco, walking treasure hunt, Duck Derby, bingo and teas in the Den Pavilion.
Held annually, starting close to the end of May.
Auchenblae Golf Course
Popular 9-hole course known for its challenging greens.
Auchenblae, near Laurencekirk
Tel. 01561 320002 to book a round. www.auchenblaegolfcourse.co.uk
Pretty riverside picnic and family play area, with tennis courts and bowling green, in the heart of Auchenblae.
Facebook page here.
Community woodland with 10km of natural paths, at the edge of Laurencekirk. More here.
Drumtochty Forest Trails
1.5 mile walk through the beautiful Drumtochty Glen.
Drumtochty, by Auchenblae. Walk details at WalkHighlands
Traditional Highland Games, held every year on the last Saturday in June.
Drumtochty Glen, by Auchenblae. Facebook page here.
Working whisky distillery established in 1824 and now part of Whyte & Mackay. A full description can be found here. Open to visitors.
Distillery Road, Fettercairn tel. 01561 340244
Agricultural Show held every July, with a variety of attractions such as livestock judging, clay pigeon shooting, family competitions, Highland dancing and a WRI tent.
East Bridgend Park, Fettercairn www.fettercairnshow.co.uk
The Grassic Gibbon Centre
Dedicated to the life and works of Lewis Grassic Gibbon, the noted Mearns writer. Open March to October.
- Book & Gift Shop
- Function Room
Arbuthnott, near Laurencekirk tel. 01561 361668 www.grassicgibbon.com
Kintore Castle Fold
Black Highland cattle are bred and raised here, and owners John & Jenne Singer welcome farm visits by arrangement.
Kintore House, Auchenblae tel. 01561 320 717 www.kintorecastlefold.co.uk
The Kirk of St Ternan
Historic church consecrated in 1242 and still used today as a place of worship.
Arbuthnott, near Laurencekirk. More details here.
Several days of village events, culminating in a parade along the High Street on Gala day. Events include a pet show, car treasure hunt, Johnston Tower race, kids club and Gala dance. Held mid-July each year, Memorial Park, Laurencekirk
Facebook page here.
Marykirk Raft Race
Fun and popular raft race, with teams of all sizes competing with home made rafts on the River Northesk. Held annually around the third Sunday of May.
Full details: facebook.com/marykirk.raft.race