The 10 Best Things to Do in Ellon, United Kingdom (UK)

August 7, 2017 Enedina Augsburger

Discover the best top things to do in Ellon, United Kingdom (UK) including BrewDog DogTap & DogWalk Brewery Tour, Cruden Bay Golf Club, Trump International Golf Links, Scotland, Glen Garioch Distillery, Prop of Ythsie, Aden Country Park, Forvie National Nature Reserve, Haddo House, Haddo House & Country Park, Tolquhon Castle.
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1. BrewDog DogTap & DogWalk Brewery Tour

Balmacassie Industrial Estate, Ellon AB41 8BX, Scotland +44 1358 724933
Excellent
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4.5 based on 198 reviews

BrewDog DogTap & DogWalk Brewery Tour

Every brewery deserves a tap room, and DogTap serves up the freshest BrewDog beer you can possibly imagine - made only metres away! With ten taps, our onsite bar opened in 2014, and sits in the shadow of our giant external fermenters, separated from the brewkit by a single glass door. What better way to enjoy BrewDog beer than in the place it was created; where you can smell the hops emanating from your glass and the brewery at the same time? But, wait there's more... The DogWalk Brewery Tour! The DogWalk not only takes in the original brewhouse from our previous tour but now includes our epic new expanded site 3 brewhouse, Lone Wolf distillery, the mind blowingly spacious warehouse, awesome packaging lines and even a cheeky little venture through the HQ offices. All things that have been mysterious to the general public and rarely seen.....until now! Tours should only be available as follows: Monday - Friday at 4pm and 6pm. Saturday & Sunday at 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm Pricing for our brewery tours are £15 per person and last approx 90mins with 4 amazing interactive tastings along the way.

Reviewed By 14SCL

I have been a Brewdog fan for many years and finally got round to doing the tour. It was amazing too see behind the scenes of the company and how their beer is made. We got to try several beers and the gin and our...MoreHi 14scl, thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us at BrewDog DogTap. We're happy we could meet your expectations!

2. Cruden Bay Golf Club

Cruden Bay Golf Club Aulton Road, Cruden Bay (Port Erroll) AB42 0NN, Scotland +44 1779 812285
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5 based on 141 reviews

Cruden Bay Golf Club

Ranked in the top 60 in the world by "Golf Magazine," this 18-hole championship course, designed by Tom Morris, offers an internationally famous golfing experience, which is set against a backdrop of smoothly contoured greens and magnificent panoramic views.

Reviewed By santhony - Fordyce, Arkansas

We played this course on a recent golf trip in gale force conditions for the first nine holes, followed by dead still. As such, perhaps the course did not show itself to its best advantage.
We had played North Berwick earlier and I thoroughly enjoyed the quirkiness of the course. Cruden Bay is quirky as well, but whereas I would label Berwick quirky-fun, I found Cruden Bay quirky-penal. Certainly, it is a very nice golf course, and with three rounds to play in the Aberdeen area, it is not to be missed, however on our ten course tour of Scotland, it was second tier.

Menie Park Lodge | Menie Estate, Balmedie AB23 8YE, Scotland +44 1358 743300
Excellent
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4.5 based on 264 reviews

Trump International Golf Links, Scotland

Championship Golf Course - The central focus of the development is the golf course designed by Dr. Martin Hawtree, the acknowledged master of links golf course architecture. The championship golf course is a classical Scottish links. The course has a Par of 72 and a maximum length of just over 7400 yards. The golf course follows a classical pattern of two out-and-back loops of nine holes. All 18 holes thread their way engagingly through the dunes, rising to find views of the sea and coastline, plunging into secluded Valleys, offering a sequence of superlative topography, landscape, alternating spaciousness and enclosure, panoramic views, a rich texture of vegetation and wildlife habitats surrounding the golf holes. Luxury Accommodation - Donald J. Trump's historic Scottish mansion and lodge is set amid mature woodland in the heart of the magnificent Trump International estate. This opulent boutique house hotel provides exquisite superior and grand deluxe guestrooms, intimate bar and dining facilities, and is the ultimate setting for dinner, bed and breakfast, private parties or exclusive use. With its secret stairways, traditional log fires, whisky snug and spectacular grounds, MacLeod House & Lodge offers luxury and comfort in a secluded and dramatic location. Both historic buildings are located in close proximity to each other and are designed to the highest specifications. Boasting many charming characteristics and period features each guest room within MacLeod House & Lodge is special and unique. Guests at MacLeod House & Lodge will benefit from exclusive personal guest services including assistance with travel itineraries and priority booking for other venues and clubs

Reviewed By MannySchwartz - North Carolina

Trump International Golf Links in Balmedie, Scotland, is, possibly, the best golf course in the world. The service is first-class, the conditions are perfect, and the golf course design is fantastic. They have 15 minute tee times so you feel like you're alone on the course even when it's sold out. The caddies are great! The food in the clubhouse is very good, and reasonably priced. There is NOTHING wrong with this property. Put your politics aside and play this golf course! You won't regret it.

4. Glen Garioch Distillery

Glengarioch Distillery Distillery Road, Oldmeldrum AB51 0ES, Scotland +44 1651 873450
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5 based on 177 reviews

Glen Garioch Distillery

Reviewed By marianoadavies - Copenhagen, Denmark

One of the oldest operating Distilleries in Scotland. They specialise in producing precious small batch scotch whisky which are rare and well sought after. There are daily tours at the Visitor Centre which showcase the 220 years of craftsmanship that goes into every bottle.
Thank you "Travel's Easy" in Denmark for recommending and organising.

5. Prop of Ythsie

Haddo Estate, Tarves, Ellon, Scotland
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Prop of Ythsie

Reviewed By Torkm68 - Pitmedden, United Kingdom

A 1/2 hour walk from the small carpark on the Ythsie road will take you to the top of the hill of Ythsie outside Tarves and to the base of the Prop of Ythsie.A striking square tower built in 1861 as a memorial to the 4th Earl of Aberdeen. There are 91 steps to the top parapet, which gives wonderful views over the surrounding countryside which includes Tarves ,Pitmedden , Ellon and Bennachie .It has a curving profile leading to an oversized parapet, so that it resembles a rook on a chessboard.
The Haddo Estate, who own the Prop, suggest that the proper pronunciation of Ythsie is 'icy'.
A simple marble plaque over the entrance says:
To George Hamilton Gordon, Fourth Earl of Aberdeen, By his attached and Grateful Tenantry. He was born at Edinburgh 28 Jan 1784 and died at London 14 Dec 1860.
Gordon served as Prime Minister during the Crimean War and owned Haddo House, which can be seen from the top of the Prop.
A quick tip is to always wear good boots as the path from the car park is often muddy and wet .

6. Aden Country Park

Station Road, Mintlaw AB42 5FN, Scotland
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4.5 based on 109 reviews

Aden Country Park

Reviewed By jamiedodger2017 - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Well worth a visit. Car parking plentiful and they dont have set charges, donations are requested. Free entry into the museum of farming but they also ask for a voluntary donation, small gift shop, cafe closed on Mondays. See historic hareshowe farm house, pop into the willowbank project on the way - where local adults with learning difficulties, autism and multiple disabilities attend a workshop a few days a week and make kindling and wooden furniture to sell to the public using pallets donated by local businesses. A very humbling experience. Ask where margaret barron moved to when she sold her family home and its entire contents! Take a picnic to enjoy with your family and lay out on the grass near the mansion house for your feast. Find the arboretum, the ice house etc, you could be here all day and still want to go back for more.

7. Forvie National Nature Reserve

Ellon AB41 8RU, Scotland +44 1358 751330
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5 based on 67 reviews

Forvie National Nature Reserve

Reviewed By orrc1601 - Melbourne, Australia

This park is absolutely beautiful and is a must visit for anyone who likes the environment or animals!
You can walk all the trails in half a day but if you have limited mobility then I would suggest you walk the dunes path from the carpark just after the towns bridge. From this walk you can walk along the river, see the famous dunes, watch seals swim in the river, get to the beach and then see the ruins on the loop return track! The walk is easy and so beautiful to do. The area is currently covered in wildflowers and heaps of bird species are nesting here during the summer months.

8. Haddo House

Haddo House Tarves, Ellon AB41 7EQ, Scotland +44 1651 851440
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4.5 based on 171 reviews

Haddo House

Reviewed By lorrid613 - West Kelowna, Canada

We had a fantastic and interesting tour of Haddo House. Irene and Victoria made our visit to Haddo House a wonderful experience. We loved seeing the Canadian connection of Lord and Lady Aberdeen (John and Ishbel) so well portrayed in the house, interpretation centre and from the tour. It is a wonderful piece of Scottish history and we hope to visit this wonderful site again in the near future. The Gardens (although a wet day) were lovely and the staff were all so friendly and helpful. Also the cafe food, like all the National Trust sites that we visited, was delicious and homemade. Thank you for a great visit.

9. Haddo House & Country Park

Methlick, Ellon AB41 7EQ, Scotland +44 1651 851041
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4.5 based on 95 reviews

Haddo House & Country Park

Reviewed By Tersam S - Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Been many times to take the dog for a walk. Large spacious grounds that are well maintained by the national trust. There are a few popular places for people to gather, such as the big duck and goose pond and the kids activity area. The zip wire is a must do, regardless of your age. The grounds are extensive enough to get a nice long walk without seeing too many other people. Please poop scoop after your dog, it is the least you can do to help keep the place clean.

10. Tolquhon Castle

Tolquhon Castle Calderpark Terrace, Ellon AB41 7LP, Scotland +44 1651 851286
Excellent
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4.5 based on 77 reviews

Tolquhon Castle

Reviewed By MKMapman - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Tolquhon Castle is approached down a lane (which is surfaced despite what some other reviewers have said) off the B999 just North of Pitmedden. Although it was essentially a fortified house built by William Forbes, 7th Laird of Tolquhon, between 1584 and 1589 as an extension to an earlier tower house known as Preston's Tower, it feels like a proper authentic castle, having been abandoned as a residence in the mid-19th century. Designed for show rather than defence, the main castle the work of the mason-architect Thomas Leiper who included his distinctive horizontal triple shot-holes flanking the main entrance - apparently these would have been useless had the castle ever been attacked. On a sunny morning it looked every inch the romantic notion of a ruined castle; there are even a couple of spiral staircases that you can climb, and near the top of one swifts were swooping in and out, and circling over the main hall with its distinctively pattered stone floor. As a sign of his being cultured, the gallery was also believed to have served as a library. A visit doesn’t take all that long, including walking round the grounds to see the South aspect. There’s an unusual row of niches in the outer West wall for beehives.

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