Self-catering accommodation for two on Royal Deeside

Quiet, rural retreat with wildlife on your doorstep


Crathes Castle Parkrun - every Saturday at 09:30am, just over 4 miles (10 min drive) from Sandy's. A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it's up to you!


April 7th & 28th 2024 - A series of events across the weekend, including 5K, 10K, duatholon and a 15mile trail race. Events takes place across the grounds and estate of His Majesty the King's private Scottish residence - Balmoral Castle.

Banchory 10k & Half Marathon 

Banchory, August, 2024 - a fun run  for kids in the park and a 10K and half marathon routes into Scolty Forest, with lovely views over the River Dee (if you can spare the time!). Event venue is about half a mile from  Sandy's.

The Beast race - 21st September 2024.  Test your stamina over 30+ obstacles! The event venue , Knockburn Loch, is about one mile from Sandy's.

DoonthaBrae - Ride Aberdeenshire Enduro Events

Enduro is a form of mountain bike racing, that started out in Europe with influence from car rally racing and motorbike enduro racing. The concept was simple: get yourself to the top of a mountain and race to the bottom time-trial style.

Trails across the shire, some of the closest to Sandy's being Drumtochty, Pitfichie, Aboyne and Ballater

The Illuminator Trail Race, 26th October 2024

A night time race of either 8K or 15K through the forests and up onto the hills of Glen Tanar, 16 miles (30 min drive) from Sandy's.