Go "watching" the famous Moray Firth dolphins that are frequently spotted in the area. Boat trips run from nearby Buckie and are highly recommended to view the sea life closer to hand. The crystal clear rivers in this part of the Highlands ensured the development of the whiskey trade and there are many famous distilleries to visit along the nearby "Whiskey Trail". Head inland to the heart of the whiskey country taking in Keith, Dufftown and the numerous historic Speyside whiskey centres along the way. The Castle Heritage Trail also provides a fascinating insight into Highland Scotland’s romantic and turbulent history. The pretty fishing villages dotted along the Moray and Banffshire coast are a real delight, with small winding streets and pretty harbours. Heathcote is also ideally located for exploring the two main Highland cities of Aberdeen and Inverness, being almost equidistant between them. With miles of unspoilt coastline, interspersed with pretty fishing villages, castles and distilleries it provides a superb base from which to explore this beautiful and fascinating area. Golfers are spoilt for choice, with around 30 golf courses within an hours’ drive, including the renowned Cullen Bay Golf Links perched on the cliffs with wonderful views across the sea. Fishing, cycling, sailing, canoeing, surfing, bird watching and horse riding are all enjoyed locally.