Hotels in Portlethen
Near eastern Scotland's photogenic, rocky coastline, Portlethen is a short distance from the flourishing 'Granite City' of Aberdeen, and was traditionally a quiet fishing settlement. Today, it is a popular living destination for large numbers of Aberdeen commuters, and a great base for exploring some of Aberdeenshire's cultural and natural attractions.
During the summer months, many people visit the coastal settlement of Old Portlethen to observe white-beaked dolphins and whales, which are abundant throughout Aberdeenshire's coastal waters. Portlethen is also next to the Portlethen Moss nature reserve, which contains a ridge that was inhabited in the prehistoric era.
Visit the impressive Cathedral Church of St Machar, which has been a place of worship for more than 1,400 years, although the current structure was built after the Norman Conquest. The cathedral was heavily refurbished in the 13th century and, following the Wars of Scottish Independence, a new church was completed by the early 16th century.
Another enchanting landmark in Aberdeen is Craigievar Castle, a well-maintained Scottish Baronial building that, following a major restoration, reopened in 2010, and surrounds beautifully landscaped grounds. Meanwhile, the Gordon Highlanders Museum was once the home of the eminent artist Sir George Reid, who was born in Aberdeen in 1841 and became a full member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1877. Today, the venue exhibits the history of the Gordon Highlanders army regiment, which was active for more than 100 years until 1994.
There are few castles in Britain that can match the spectacular natural scenery that surrounds Dunnottar Castle, which was probably fortified long before the Norman era. Although now in ruins, the surviving sections of the castle have been carefully restored, and the site is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Hotels and restaurants in Portlethen
Stay at the affordable, well-presented Premier Inn Aberdeen South, or choose The Neuk, another friendly, sophisticated venue that offers very good value for money. One of the best restaurants near Porthlethen hotels includes Brewsters, which offers fantastic European-themed recipes, while The Muchalls Bistro provides plenty of other excellent seafood and vegetarian dishes.
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