A great location

Kintore is a great location for those who want to enjoy the best that Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire can offer.

We’re just ten miles from the City of Aberdeen – Scotland’s third city and Europe’s Energy Capital. Ideally located for exploring Donside, Royal Deeside and for excursions into the Cairngorm National Park. The coastline, with intriguing seascapes, picturesque towns and charming coastal villages is waiting for you..

This is a natural environment where you can breathe the freshest of air, while enjoying spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife – from the deer on the hills, to the birds in coastal seabird sanctuaries.

The City of Aberdeen is within easy reach and offers excellent shopping, entertainment, exhibitions, museums, restaurants, theatres, sports and other attractions.

For more comprehensive information on all that the City or Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire have to offer, go to the Visit Aberdeenshire website.

The great outdoors

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Kintore is an ideal base for enjoying the great outdoors.

Located between the two great rivers of Aberdeenshire – the Dee and the Don – there are a wealth of outdoor opportunities on both Donside and Royal Deeside. Great country, hill and forest walks abound with the spectacular mountains of the Cairngorm National Park within easy reach.

Described by the National Geographic Society as “possibly Britain’s best-loved hill”, Bennachie is Kintore’s most local hill, with the visitor centre being just 10 miles from Kintore.

Golf

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It’s said that there is a golf course for every day of the month within easy reach.

Kintore Golf Club is an acclaimed 18-hole course at Balbithan in Kintore. Nearby there are courses at Kemnay and Inverurie.

Among the best known courses in the area are Royal Aberdeen and Trump International Golf Links Scotland – both around 30 minutes from Kintore.

Castles

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For lovers of castles, Kintore is an ideal base with, literally, hundreds of castles within Aberdeenshire.

Within Kintore itself are the ruins of Halforest Castle, a Royal Hunting lodge built around the 13th or 14 century.

Castle Fraser – Scotland’s most elaborate Z-plan castle – is just seven miles from Kintore. Also within easy reach are Crathes Castle, Craigievar Castle, Haddo House, Pitmedden Gardens, Fyvie Castle, Dunnottar Castle and many more.

To start planning your itinerary go to Scotland’s Castle Trail.

Whisky

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The North East of Scotland is home to the world’s greatest concentration of Malt Whisky Distilleries.

The nearest is Glen Garioch, which is just 20 minutes from Kintore. Glen Garioch offers tours and tastings. For details go to the Glen Garioch website.

Local history

For lovers of history, Kintore has plenty to offer.

Kintore was granted its first Royal Charter in the 12th Century. At its centre the Royal Burgh has the 18th Town House with its unusual double stairway to the first floor council chamber.

Kintore has been a popular place to live since prehistoric times, with hut circles, cairns and standing stones as features of the landscape.

There are Pictish symbol stones in the grounds or Kintore Kirk, right in the heart of Kintore.

The Roman Camp of Deer’s Den, in Kintore, boasted the largest number of Roman bread ovens. These supplied the centurions with what was effectively pizza.

For more on the history and heritage of this area, check our HISTORY page and plan a visit the Garioch Heritage Centre in Inverurie.

Angling

For anglers, Kintore is an ideal base.

The River Don, wends its way right past Kintore. For details of fishing on the Kintore beat of the River Don go to the Kintore Angling Club website.

For a change of scene hop over to the River Dee, also one of Scotland’s great salmon fishing rivers.

Skiing

For winter sports lovers, the Lecht Ski Area is just over an hour away, Glenshee is an hour-and-a-half, while Cairngorm is just under two hours.
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