The area is renowned for its historic sites and places of interest. There are 96 stone circles in the area and with unspoilt countryside, big skies and the beautiful coastline the region is a magnet for artists - there is even an interesting art trail to experience. For history enthusiasts the castle trail is very popular with 13 historic castles to explore. In nearby Speyside there are numerous famous distilleries on the malt whisky trail. For outdoor enthusiasts the Lecht ski centre and the Nordic ski centre are both within easy reach and there are plenty of golf courses close by. Fishing, horse riding, cycling, hill and forest walking are all enjoyed locally. Head to the coast for a great variety of water sports or just explore the beautiful beaches, picturesque fishing villages and dramatic cliff top walks that abound in the area. Just 30 miles away is Aberdeen, with its sparkling granite skyline. It offers a superb range of fantastic first class restaurants and bars, together with theatres, cinemas, museums and places of interest, and of course shops galore. The beach leisure facilities are also popular with visitors of all ages.