From the majestic Cairngorms to the beautiful sandy coastline, Aberdeenshire is a picture-perfect place to call home. The landscape, history and culture provide no end of inspiration and entertainment. And that’s exactly why Landale Court at Chapelton is such a sought-after place to live. Just a short drive south of Aberdeen, it is ideally located for easy access to countless places of interest.
New to the area? Read on for our round-up for the best places to visit. And if all that exploring leaves you hungry, you’ll be spoilt for choice when dinnertime arrives…
Top 10 must-see places of interest
Chapelton is well-served by local walking and cycle routes, but if you fancy exploring a little further afield, there is a regular bus service to connect residents to surrounding Aberdeenshire towns, as well as a handy Park & Choose facility. Whether you’re looking to brush up on your history, broaden your scientific knowledge, or connect with nature, there is plenty to see and do in the neighbouring areas.
1. Aberdeen Maritime Museum: Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of the city’s long and dramatic relationship with the sea. From the earliest days of trading, fishing and shipbuilding, to its place today as a leader in global energy transition. aberdeencity.gov.uk/AAGM/plan-your-visit/aberdeen-maritime-museum
2. Aberdeen Science Centre: Explore how the sciences shape our world and everything in it. Enjoy more than 60 new interactive exhibits, meet RoboThespian the friendly robot, and visit the incredible OPIT Theatre of Energy. aberdeensciencecentre.org
3. Chapelton Trail: Perfect for ramblers and nature lovers, this gentle 4.5km circular route is marked along the way and will take you through beautiful scenery and wildlife habitats. www.chapeltonnewtown.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Trail-Leaflet.pdf
4. Crathes Castle, Garden and Estate: Painted ceilings and family portraits adorn this turreted 16thCentury castle, set among sculpted yew trees and nature trails. nts.org.uk/visit/places/crathes-castle
5. Drum Castle, Garden and Estate: Visit one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses, stroll through the Old Wood of Drum, admire the exquisite chapel built in the 1500s, and relax amid the heady scents of the Garden of Historic Roses. nts.org.uk/visit/places/drum-castle
6. Dunnottar Castle: Perched atop a 160ft rock and surrounded on three sides by the North Sea, these dramatic cliff-top ruins were once an impregnable fortress of the Earl Marischal, once one of the most powerful families in Scotland. www.dunnottarcastle.co.uk
7. Greyhope Bay: Visit the café on the historic site of Torry Battery and enjoy panoramic views of the coast. You might even spot a few bottlenose dolphins! The community-led programme includes weekly coffee mornings with guest speakers, coastal discovery sessions, beach cleans, creative and wellbeing workshops. greyhopebay.com
8. Montrose Air Station & Heritage Centre: Established in 1913, Montrose Air Station was the first operational military air station in Great Britain. Today, it tells the story of the brave men and women who served here through the years. rafmontrose.org.uk
9. St Cyrus Nature Reserve: With its towering volcanic cliffs, swathes of beautiful beach, breath-taking displays of wildflowers and a rich variety of birds and insects, St Cyrus is one of the most diverse nature reserves in Britain. visitscotland.com/info/see-do/st-cyrus-national-nature-reserve-p246911
10. Stonehaven Harbour: This historic harbour is the largest of Aberdeenshire’s recreational harbours and is still used by several fishing boats. www.visitabdn.com/listing/stonehaven-harbour
The best places to eat out
From fine dining to hearty homecooked favourites, there is plenty to whet your appetite in Aberdeenshire. Locally-sourced produce, seasonal ingredients and modern twists on traditional classics are the order of the day. Hope you’re hungry!
The Anchor Hotel, Johnshaven: The team at The Anchor are passionate about using the finest ingredients from local suppliers, including Johnshaven lobster and crab, and the best freshly-caught and smoked fish from Gourdon – all cooked with care and presented creatively. www.anchorhoteljohnshaven.co.uk/restaurant
Cammies, Cammachmore: As well as an extensive variety of traditional seafood platters, Cammies’ is known for combining fresh Northeast seafood dishes with tastes and twists from across the globe, resulting in a mouth-watering fusion of styles. cammies.co.uk
The Creel Inn, Catterline: Offering excellent quality traditional and modern food menus, and an incredible range of whiskies, beers, and wines, not to mention the superb views, The Creel Inn is a friendly getaway loved by locals and visitors alike. www.thecreelinn.co.uk
The Ship Inn, Stonehaven: The Captain’s Table at The Ship Inn serves up a fantastic, varied menu of homecooked dishes – from lobster risotto and haggis quesadillas to vegan katsu curry – there’s something to suit every palate. shipinnstonehaven.com
The Stack, Muchalls: This restaurant derives its name from the sea stacks located on the beautiful surrounding coastline. The food style is seasonal and inventive, with a strong emphasis on using local suppliers where possible and showcasing the finest of produce from the surrounding area.
The Station Hotel, Stonehaven: Boasting a menu of great quality, locally sourced food, the team at The Station Hotel are passionate about supporting local producers, the fishing industry and farmers. Menu highlights include the Rothes Red Deer Loin served with black garlic gnocchi, roast baby root vegetables and Loch Ness silver birch syrup jus. www.stationhotelspeyside.com
The Tolbooth, Stonehaven: The Tolbooth prides itself on serving ‘proper seafood’, dishing up an enticing range of dishes from Thai style bisque with lobster dumpling, to hake served with haricot and chorizo cassoulet and artichoke barigoule. www.thetolboothrestaurant.co.uk
The View, Stonehaven: The View Restaurant at Stonehaven Golf Club boasts incredible views out to the North Sea and the harbour town of Stonehaven, making this unique location the perfect place to enjoy a range of tasty, homemade dishes. www.theviewstonehaven.co.uk
Location, location, location
Of course, it’s great to go exploring, to discover new places and experience new things. But sometimes it’s just nice to stay local. And why not, especially when there is so much on offer within Landale Court itself!
Keep active at the fitness suite, get creative in the hobby room, socialise at the community hub and get involved in any of the weekly organised events and activities. Connect with the great outdoors in the landscaped gardens – relax on the green, in the fire pit den, in the quiet garden or the wee square. Then head to the Slate & Grain brasserie, bar and coffee lounge to relax, refuel and plan your next day of activities.
Living and loving life at Landale Court
It’s not just the surroundings that make Landale Court such an appealing choice for retirees – the beautifully designed one and two bedroom cottages and apartments come in a variety of layouts to suit your individual lifestyle and living arrangement needs.
Plus, with a range of support services available, you can continue to enjoy life’s adventures with the peace of mind that comes from knowing help is on hand, if and when you ever require it.
To find out more about life at Brio or to book a viewing, head to our Contact Page.
Landale Court is our unique supportive retirement living community of one and two bedroom cottages and apartments located on a beautiful stretch of the Aberdeenshire coastline in Chapelton.
Just a short drive south of Aberdeen, Landale Court is a community that looks and feels like no other. Here, you’ll live your retirement to the full, with a range of village facilities right on your doorstep, including a fitness suite, our exclusive Slate & Grain brasserie and bar, a community hub, hobby room and much more.Discover Landale Court