Make a Weekend of it!


The good people of Alford put up with a lot during the course of the year and we are not minded to make the Convention run over two days but why would you let that stop you coming to this beautiful yet relatively undiscovered corner of the world? Aberdeenshire runs from the sea all the way to the mountains and you will find something here to please everyone.

If you are thinking of coming for the weekend (or longer) our first choice would of course be our sister event held on the Saturday before the Convention at Tomintoul some 37 miles away over some of the country’s best biking roads. You can find out all the details on the Tomintoul page. If it’s a day out away from the bikes you are after the North East will still deliver in spades.

If you have never been to a Highland games before then why not start with the biggest of them all, the Braemar Highland Gathering in the presence of the Royal Family. The Braemar games nearly always fall on the Saturday before the Convention and the drive through Ballater and onto Braemar is a firm favourite with the locals. Don’t think you will have a quiet day though; the games easily draw a crowd in excess of 15,000 people.

Want to get away from the crowds? One answer is to head for the Banffshire coast where you can find sandy beaches, quaint fishing villages, space and fresh air in abundance. From Cullen down through Portsoy (top tip: stop at the ice cream shop!), Sandend, Whitehills, Banff and Macduff you will find so much to see and do but if you keep heading east you will find the three of the most hidden gems in Scotland. The villages of Gardenstown, Crovie and Pennan have to be seen to be believed and if you make the effort you will find yourself going back again and again.

This part of the world is also known as Castle and Whisky country and has world class examples of both. Can there be a more dramatic setting for a castle than Dunnottar near Stonehaven? Other castles nearby not to be missed include Crathes, Fyvie, Fraser, Drum, Slains and our favourite just down the road from Alford, Craigievar Castle. If whisky appeals to you more then fear not! Names like Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Cardhu, Glenfarclas, Chivas Regal, Glen Gairoch and Macallan are just a short trip away and the really good news is they all have visitor centres where you can take a tour and taste the good stuff.

Hopefully we have convinced you that a weekend break is an excellent idea but where to stay? Well it’s not a full list by any means but the list below is a good start.
 

Camping and Caravans

 
Nearest campsite is at Haughton Park just two minutes from the museum and is run by Aberdeenshire Council. More details can be found here
 

Hotels


Haughton Arms Hotel, Alford. 1 minute from the museum, full details here.
 
The Forbes Arms Hotel, Bridge of Alford, 5 minutes from the museum, full details here.
 
Holiday Inn, Westhill, 19 miles from the museum, full details here.
 
Premier Inn, Westhill, 19 miles from the museum, full details here.
 
For a complete list of hotels in Aberdeen (26 miles away) try this website www.aberdeenhotels.org
 
Bed and Breakfast
 
Bydand B&B, Alford, 2 minutes from the museum, full details here.
Beechwood B&B, Alford 2 minutes from the museum, full details here.
 
For other accomodation in Aberdeenshire try this website
 
 
Please Note : The Convention organisers have no connection with any of the establishments listed and provide these links only for interest.