Challenge fellow guests to a round of golf on the fairways of nearby Ellon Golf Club (6 miles); Newburgh on Ythan championship links (12 miles); or Aberdeen Royal Golf Club by the Bridge of Don (20 miles).
If you enjoy nature and wildlife, head to the National Nature Reserve at Forvie Sands, a rugged landscape of wildflower trails, shifting sand dunes and mudflats, attracting a variety of seabirds including diving terns, eiders and wading oystercatchers.
Aberdeenshire is a haven for history buffs with more than 260 historic landmarks to visit in the region. The Castle Trail is a great way to embark on an adventure to see 19 of the best highlights. Visit the fascinating ruins of 16th-century Tolquhoun Castle which bears the initials of its maker (6 miles); 13th-century baronial Fyvie Castle with its spectacular art exhibits of portraits and antiques (12 miles); and 11th-century Delgatie Castle in the Grampian Highlands with its sturdy exteriors, turnpike stairs, and interesting painted ceilings (19 miles).
Closer to your doorstep, you'll find the former residence of Lord Byron at Gight Castle ruins (7 miles); and the Palladian-style Haddon House, the 400-year home of the Gordons with opulent Victorian interiors, and dog-friendly gardens to explore with your pup pals (3 miles). There's also a shop, pub, restaurant and village amenities at Methlick (3 miles).