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Cruden Bay
A lovely little village just 2 miles away. Lots of history here. 

For golf enthusiasts, Cruden Bay boasts an 18 hole Championship Golf Course set above the dunes of Cruden Bay beach. This traditional links course is one to remember.

A visit to  Slains Castle is a must. This spectacular ruin stands on the clifftops in Cruden Bay looking over the rugged North Sea.
It is thought to be inspiration for Bram Stokers famous book 'Dracula', in particular the 'Octagonal Reception Room' .

Take a stroll over the unspoilt golden sands of Cruden Bay beach, popular for family picnics, walks and water sports.
This beach was seen in all its glory in the tv series "The Crown".

The 'Bullers of Buchan' is also a popular spot. A collapsed  sea cave forming an almost circular chasm. You can view the spectacular cliff scenery and seabirds such as Puffins, Kittiwakes, Guillemots and Razorbills.

Cruden Bay has a wee grocery shop and a post office and you have to visit the Kilmarnock Arms Hotel for a fantastic meal or a wee dram, its definitely a favourite of ours.


Newburgh and Collieston

Visit the village of Newburgh, 10 miles away, which offers a few amenities including a shop, a cafe and the Newburgh Inn Hotel.

You have to see the amazing 'Seals beach' where seals occupy the beach in their 100's or visit Forvie sands and Forvie Nature Reserve.

Play a game of golf on the Newburgh on Ythan 18 hole course and have a meal at 'The View' restaurant in the club. 

The village of Collieston is 10 minutes away. It has a beautiful small sandy beach inside a quaint fishing harbour. Being very sheltered, it is ideal for picnics and popular for wild swimming and water sports.

North East 250

The 250mile long circular touring route and road trip, also popular with cyclists and walkers, runs right through the beautiful villages of Newburgh, Cruden Bay, Boddam and Peterhead .


A small village 2 miles away, it has a lovely new play park, a bakery, a grocery shop and post office  and you can enjoy a drink at the Hatton Mill Pub.

Peterhead and Boddam

8 miles away, Peterhead  sits at the most Easternmost point in mainland Scotland. It has the largest fishing port in the UK and state of the art fish market.

Peterhead has a range of shops, supermarkets, fast food restaurants , boutiques and gift shops. It also has a 5 screen cinema, a swimming pool and is home to Peterhead Football Club.

You can enjoy some water sports or see the Scottish Maritime Museum at Peterhead Lido.

Or step back in time to visit Peterhead Prison Museum - Scotland's toughest Jail. Set within the granite prison walls, see what life was like for staff serving from 1888 to 2013 in this notorious prison.

Boddam is  a coastal village 5 miles from here. It is home to Buchan Ness Lighthouse and RAF Buchan's Remote Radar station.

Children can enjoy indoor adventure  at Loupty Lou's Soft Play Centre or fun for both kids and adults at Little Potters paint it yourself pottery studio.


8 miles from Tumbledown Croft, Ellon is a lovely little town lying on the river Ythan.

Some great shops here, browse the gift shops, sport shop, supermarket and garden centre, and be sure to catch the monthly Farmers Market.

Also be sure to book a slot at the Ellon Academy Community Campus Swimming Pool.

Riverside Park offers a beautiful walk along the River Ythan where Herons, Otters and Salmon can bee seen.

With many pubs and hotels, Ellon has some great places to eat, Meat Monsters, Chinese and Indian take- aways and also The New Inn Hotel.

Brewdog, a state of the art, eco-Brewery is a popular attraction where you can enjoy the restaurant and have a tour of the brewery.

Ellon Castle Gardens
Right in the heart of Ellon, it was until recently a secret garden belonging to Ellon castle and is now a beautiful and unique visitor attraction.

Pitmedden Gardens , Ellon

Enjoy a lovely visit to the Museum of farming life, Woodland walks, Gardens, Tearoom and shop. 

Haddo Country Park, Ellon

Have a great day out just 15 miles from here. Visit the beautiful terraced gardens at Haddo House, enjoy the country park walks and children's adventure playground. 

Aden Country Park, Mintlaw

230 acres of beautiful countryside. 15 miles away. Woodland walks, trials, sensory gardens, visitor centre and Victorian Arboretum, Aberdeenshire Farming Museum, Children's play area, picnic and barbeque sites. Well worth a trip.

Aberdeen City

Also known as the Granite City. This ancient coastal city has fantastic shops and a thriving nightlife.

Aberdeen Music hall, Aberdeen Theatre, The Lemon Tree and Aberdeen P&J Live bring a brilliant Music & Arts scene to the North East.

The city also has many award winning parks and gardens.  Visit the beach boulevard for Codona's Amusement Park, restaurants and water sports.

All of this just a short 30 minute drive from here or catch the bus just a short walk from the cottage.

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