Explore the distilleries, castles, golf courses and famous salmon rivers near the prestigious and intimate five-star Marcliffe Hotel & Spa set in 11 acres of beautiful wooded grounds near Aberdeen on Royal Deeside. Tel: +44(0)1224 861000
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Activities at The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa

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Leisure Activities near Aberdeen

Here in Scotland's north east corner, there is no shortage of activities for our guests at the Marcliffe Hotel & Spa.

Whether you enjoy the relaxing discovery of castles and scenic grandeur or the more energetic pace of golf, fishing or other country pursuits - they can all be arranged through The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa.

The Marcliffe Hotel provides easy access to a wide range of salmon and sea trout fishing packages in over 20 beats on the famous River Dee and River Don in Scotland. Top-class wild salmon fishing on the River Dee is also available.

Golf can be enjoyed on a wide variety of local traditional courses including Cruden Bay and the most outstanding of which is Royal Aberdeen Golf Club the sixth oldest registered club in the world having been established in 1780.

Whisky & Castles

The Marcliffe at Pitfoldels hotel is located right in the heart of Scotlands Castle and Whisky country - home to more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK - nearly 300 if you want to count!

The Castle Trail takes in eleven of the finest examples of Scotland's building heritage. And we are no distance from the worlds only Malt Whisky Trail in Moray - a route taking in eight malt whisky distilleries and one cooperage.

Aberdeen is the gateway to Royal Deeside and since Balmoral Castle was built for Queen Victoria in 1855, the Royal Family have enjoyed the peace and tranquility of their summer retreat. When the family are not in residence, you can visit Balmoral and gain an insight to over a century of royal life on Deeside.

A relaxing day's drive will take our visitors to Balmoral Castle, Royal Lochnagar Distillery and Dunnottar Castle then back for an enjoyable dinner in our Conservatory restaurant.

Golf in the Grampian Area

Golf can be enjoyed on a wide variety of local traditional courses including Cruden Bay and the most outstanding of which is Royal Aberdeen Golf Club the sixth oldest registered club in the world having been established in 1780.

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

For many, Royal Aberdeen's Balgownie course is regarded as golf in its purest form. It is certainly recognised as one of the finest natural links courses in the country and through the years top professionals have made their pilgrimage here, Hagen, Cotton, Norman and most recently Tom Watson, all extolling the course's virtues.

Cruden Bay Golf Club

Keen players from every part of the globe make their way here to sample for themselves, one of Scotland's most unique layouts. Its reputation has been carried home by oilmen and academics, business people and keen golfers all raving about the hidden gem on Scotland's North East coast.

Murcar Golf Club

Stepping on to Murcar's 1st tee and looking down towards the humps and bumps of its neighbour, Royal Aberdeen, you might wonder what all the fuss is - it's a birdie oppurtunity if ever there was one. The second hole does little more to alarm but be prepared - these are two easy openers and it's the 3rd where the fun begins.

Golf is one of the most challenging sports available in Scotland - the home of golf. The Marcliffe can arrange golf at Royal Aberdeen and Cruden Bay for its guests.

Spa treatments at The Marcliffe         

The recently opened Spa facilities at The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa in Aberdeen consists of three treatment rooms, a relaxing area, Hydrotherapy Bath, Make up and Manicure area, a gym plus a Bathing Ritual Balenotherapy Room.

The Balenotherapy Room is unique to Scotland. The treatment takes place in a Hydrotherapy bath, which has lots of high powered jets to massage the entire body. Various aromatic and therapeutic products are added to the water, depending on your needs. Balenotherapy spa treatments give immediate relief to arthritis, muscular tension, and bring deep relaxation to the body and mind.

The Spa uses Comfort Zone skincare products with a wide range of specialised treatments for men, women and new mums.

The treatments include Essie Manicures and Pedicures, Bare Essentials Make Up and MD Formulation Facials.

The range is awe inspiring and if you are unsure then one of the therapists will help you choose from a range of massages, facials, body treatments, body masks, manicures and pedicures.

The Spa has no membership fees. For appointments and further information with a full list of treatments, please call +44 [0] 1224 861 000 or go to: www.marcliffe.com/spa_packages.htm

Activities around The Marcliffe

The five-star Marcliffe Hotel and Spa is located on Royal Deeside - on the western fringes of the city of Aberdeen, in North-east Scotland.

Aberdeen (population 201,500) is also known worldwide as the Granite City because of its links with one of its most famous, indigenous industries the granite trade.

However, more recently, it has achieved worldwide status as the capital of Europe’s energy industry. It is a truly cosmopolitan city which with its rich history, excellent shopping facilities, world-class sporting and leisure venues, cultural hotspots and all year-round entertainment, rivals any European city.

Stately architecture and sparkling granite buildings, the legacy of a rich heritage and tradition, combine with contemporary structures, and plenty of green open spaces to create a city that people feel happy to walk around.

However it is Aberdeen’s proximity to some of the most awe-inspiring countryside and coastline which had led to the area being marketed as Aberdeen City and Shire that sets it apart from other international cities and it is one of the few major cities with a beach.

A whole range of outdoor sports are available on the doorstep and Aberdeen City and Shire offers world-class golf with no fewer than 50 courses throughout the region. The most outstanding of the traditional golf clubs in the area is Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, at Balgownie Links, established in 1780, and the sixth oldest registered club in the world.

Aberdeen is also a city of culture where arts and music play an important role. His Majesty’s Theatre has won global renown; the Music Hall plays host to a wide range of concerts, and the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference is a premier facility for major rock and pop concerts, sporting events, public shows and exhibitions.

Aberdeen has a rich affinity with the sea and the fishing industry. The award-winning Aberdeen Maritime Museum is a major attraction. And, as you would expect from a city which has won so many coveted Britain in Bloom awards, there are many magnificent parks and gardens in which to relax. Unwind and visit the city’s prominent public buildings - such as the prestigious Art Gallery, Marischal College, Provost Skene’s House or the Tolbooth Museum.

North-east Scotland also boasts the greatest concentrations of castles in the whole of Europe from the dramatic stronghold of Dunnottar Castle to the impressive ruins of Slains Castle at Cruden Bay. Take in the famous Castle Trail - a selection of thirteen of the worlds most unique castles that has been designed to highlight the cream of the areas many castles.

The area offers a wide range of angling opportunities and three of the top five salmon rivers in Scotland are to be found in the area, including the world’s top spring salmon river - the River Dee, on which the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa owns a private beat.

To catch up on all the major high street stores you would expect to find in a city of Aberdeen’s size and reputation, you can head to the larger shopping malls. The Bon Accord Centre, St Nicholas Centre, The Academy and The Trinity are all very central, and a relative newcomer, Union Square, offers a traffic-free, shopping, dining and entertainment environment close to Union Street. Sandwiched between the major shopping centres, Aberdeen’s Merchant Quarter is the Beat and the Soul of the city catering for visitors and locals looking for a high-quality less conventional experience. The Merchant Quarter is one of the most historical parts of the city, rich in history and architecture, and boasting an eclectic mix of independent businesses divided into four parts; Restaurants and Bars; Live Music and Entertainment Venues; Independent Shopping; and Glamour and Lifestyle.

Aberdeen is the gateway to Royal Deeside and ever since Balmoral Castle was built for Queen Victoria in 1855, the British Royal Family has enjoyed the peace and tranquility as their summer retreat. When the Royal Family is not in residence, you can visit Balmoral and gain an insight into over a century of royal life on Deeside.

During September the Braemar Gathering draws thousands to the brilliant spectacle of pipe bands, the splendour of tartan and the excitement of the "heavy" sporting events.

The spectacular scenery of Royal Deeside combines with some of the finest stalking, shooting and fishing in Europe.

And North-east Scotland is the home of the whisky industry with no less than 30 major distilleries within easy motoring distance of The Marcliffe and Spa, and the famous Malt Whisky Trail.

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