This small, ancient town
sits stoically above the fast-flowing River
Dee close to a number of forest walks.
One path takes the visitor to the top of 1,000ft Scolty Hill, which has a monument to General Burnett, an officer in the Napoleonic Wars. His home was L-shaped Crathes Castle, a 16th century tower house said to be one of the finest Jacobean houses in Britain.
Looking more like a chateau, it contains the Room of Nine Nobles, the Room of the Muses and the Room of the Green Lady - all famous for their painted ceilings. Its four-acre garden contains an ancient yew hedge while an ivory horn that once belonged to Robert the Bruce hangs in the Great Hall.
The sweet-smelling Ingasetter lavender distillery is a popular attraction here while the Brig o’ Feugh is an 18th century bridge over a dramatic gorge.