Snow-capped mountains, ancient woods, lochs and whisky distilleries can all be discovered on the doorstep of this peaceful Aberdeenshire community. Torphins is a village on the banks of Beltie Burn, in Scotland. The city of Aberdeen is 22 miles to its east, and Banchory is seven miles to its southeast. Torphins is set amid wild forests and hills, where walking and wildlife-watching can be enjoyed. In the village centre, there is a post office and a small grocery. The Learney Arms serves delicious Indian food, and Platform 22 is a charming café serving good coffee and evening meals.

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The Gatsby is a grand late-Victorian house, tastefully restored to offer luxury self-catering accommodation for large groups or dual-family holidays in, Torphins, an Aberdeenshire village that can boast up to 55 castles and 300 whiskey distilleries and the coast within day-trip range.

Towns nearby

Torphins

  1. Ballater
  2. Banff
  3. Tarland

Within a short stroll of your holiday cottage in Torphins, you will find tennis courts, a bowling green and a pretty park. Just outside the village, there is a challenging nine-hole golf course. There are several historic landmarks to look out for on self-catering holidays in Torphins, including a graceful Church of Scotland church, and a distinctive drinking fountain. 

The spectacular landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park are a scenic drive westward from Torphins holiday cottages. Vast woodlands, snowy mountains, tumbling rivers and lochs can all be found in this wild area. Hiking, climbing and wildlife-watching are all popular, as well as skiing and snowboarding during the winter months. There is a funicular railway on Cairn Gorm, serving the Cairngorm Ski Centre. 

Follow the road east from Torphins and you will reach Aberdeen, a port city where the rivers Don and Dee meet the North Sea. Known as the granite city thanks to its historic grey-stone buildings, it is home to an ancient cathedral, magnificent gardens, and many of the region’s best bars and restaurants. The Aberdeenshire coast features pristine, sandy beaches, soaring cliffs where seabirds nest, and incredible views across the sea, where passing dolphins are often spotted.