Hotels in Cruden Bay
In the beautiful surroundings of Cruden Bay, the welcoming Kilmarnock Arms is a great base from which to enjoy outdoor activities with all the family.
In and around Cruden Bay
A kilometre east of Cruden Bay, Slains Castle butts right up to the south-facing cliffs. Built at the end of the 16th century by the Earl of Erroll, the imposing castle was rebuilt and restructured many times until 1837. A decade after being sold in 1913, the roof was removed and the building fell into ruin. Today its main claim to fame is as inspiration for the setting of the 1897 novel Dracula, after author Bram Stoker visited the area in 1895. Visit at sunset for some spectacular views across the bay.
Cruden Bay Golf Club
This beautiful 18 hole Championship golf course was commissioned by the Great North of Scotland Railway Company in 1894. Part of the Cruden Bay Hotel’s recreational facilities, its aim was to encourage London’s nouveau riche to visit. Today, the unique, historic seaside links rewards visitors with the stimulating challenges of rolling sand dunes and variable winds from the North Sea. Beside the championship course sits the smaller St Olaf’s golf course, and the panoramic views of the coast, village and castle from both makes any time here even more worthwhile.
Brewdog Brewery & Taproom
Pay a visit to Scotland’s fastest growing craft brewery just 15 minutes’ drive or 30 minutes on public transport from Cruden Bay. Enjoy four beer tastings during the 90 minute guided tour behind-the-scenes, taking in Brewdog’s original brewhouse, warehouse and packaging lines, as well as their new distillery. Fresh, American-inspired food and beers are served at the adjacent taproom, and the whole place is dog friendly.
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