Our two older girls are tour guides during the summer holidays. Five minutes drive or a fifteen minute cycle, Craigievar is in a fairytale setting packed with history and art.
About twenty minutes drive from the Croft, Crathes Castle, just outside Banchory, is well worth a visit.
An hours drive from the Croft is Braemar Castle, worth visiting as much for the stunning drive as the castle itself. Go via the A939 gairnshiel lodge, this has to be the best biking road in the country. Maybe.