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! Dogs are welcome

North East Open Studios

10th -18th September, 2022

"Our award-winning collective of artists, makers and designers open their studios to the public in September every year. With a diverse range of creatives exhibiting their work, the NEOS event is a unique opportunity to meet and chat with individual artists, see their inspirations and working methods, and discover the wealth of talent we have in the north east of Scotland."


Spring 2023 - 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 Her Majesty the Queen's private Scottish residence - Balmoral Castle.

Banchory 10k & Half Marathon 

Banchory, August, 2023 - 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!).

The Beast race 24th September, 2022

Mega obstacles; giant water slides; icy loch water; thick mud & swamp crossings - it’s the ultimate team or solo challenge. Test your stamina at Scotland’s ‘beastliest’ obstacle race.

Canicross Aberdeenshire run events across the shire and welcome fellow canicross members from across the UK to participate. The next local event is in November 2022, at Castle Fraser, 11 miles (30 min drive) 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, 29th October 2022

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.