The Great Outdoors
We've got some great beaches in this area!
A short drive away is the coastal town of Cullen....walk along the beautiful beach with a home-made ice-cream from the shop on the main street after a fantastic lunch in the Rockpool Cafe.
Take a picnic and head to the beach at Balmedie or stop at the Cock & Bull which was recently named Trend Restaurant of the Year and enjoy lunch before you attempt the massive sand dunes.
Sandend is popular with families and surfers and Inverboyndie just only a short drive away.
Inverurie is about 3/4 of an hours drive from Garden Cottage, and as one of the fastest growing towns in the UK it has many shops, restaurants and a garden centre where you get everything from fantastic food to wellies.
Known locally as Turra, Turriff has everything you need.
There are several supermarkets - Tesco, The Co Op & Costcutter, two very good butchers, two chemists, a fantastic fishmonger, several coffee shops as well as clothing and shoe shops. Turriff also has several hairdressers, beauty salons, doctors, dentists, banks and a swimming pool.
The Haughs (where the Turriff Show is held) is a large park with boating pond and in the town centre there's Celebrations where you can buy everything from clothing to pots & pans and then enjoy some local produce in their very good restaurant.