The verdant countryside and wild Scottish mountains offer precious moments to escape daily routines, reconnect with nature and catch glimpses of local wildlife.
Candacraig’s beautiful 2-acre Victorian walled garden is the perfect place to begin the day — basking in bright morning strolls along hedge-lined paths, surrounded by flowering shrubs, green lawns and the sounds of nature.
Beyond the grounds, the flora and fauna are in abundance, with three National Nature Reserve sites — Muir of Dinnet, Glen Tanar and the Mar Lodge Estate — within 20 miles of our front door. These are ideal spots to explore at your leisure, but for those seeking an experience with real depth, we have many options. Unique ecology-focused tours are available from a local company in nearby Crathie and fascinating ‘foraging walks’ that uncover all manner of ingredients native to the Aberdeenshire countryside.
There are opportunities for wildlife lovers to observe the iconic Scottish deer up close on a farm visit in the northern Cairngorms, while nearby Huntly Falconry Centre showcases the soaring majesty of this land’s birds of prey — truly iconic sights that will make the hairs on your neck stand up.
The simplicity of life here lends itself perfectly to mindfulness, meditation and a holistic approach to health and wellbeing too — and Candacraig is a haven for relaxation, massage, yoga, breathwork, cold water therapy and other approaches.