Tarland in Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms, Scotland

The pretty village of Tarland sits within the Howe O’ Cromar, a strip of fertile land between the Rivers Dee and Don. Located thirty miles west of Aberdeen, visitors arriving from the Granite City will be struck by the stunning views of Lochnagar, Morven and Mount Keen – many are lured to this area every year to scale the lofty peaks.

A quaint market square nestles in the heart of the village, with a finely sculptured war memorial of a Gordon Highlander as its centrepiece. Once a bustling centre for trade, granite houses and shops now scatter the square together with a handful of hotels offering hearty pub grub. A weekly traditional music night takes place in the Aberdeen Arms Hotel with visitors coming from far and wide to hear the toe tapping tunes from a range of instruments including fiddles, accordions, mouth organs and bagpipes. In fact Tarland is renowned for its musical talent and produces world class fiddle players including local resident Paul Anderson – drop by one of the local pubs and it’s likely you’ll catch an impromptu session.

Providing ideal exploring grounds for nature-lovers and walkers, Tarland is also rich in ancient history. Tomnaverie Stone Circle can easily be reached on foot from the village, while just two miles east of the village is the Culsh Souterrain. This mysterious underground chamber once served as a storehouse for the community in the Iron Age.