The Marykirk Hotel, Marykirk, Nr. Montrose, Aberdeenshire

Marykirk Hotel

Marykirk Hotel Montrose Aberdeenshire
Marykirk Local Area

Things to See and Do

The Marykirk Hotel lies in the centre of the village of Marykirk and, located  just 4 miles from Montrose,  it is a convenient base for businessmen, offshore workers, anglers, game shooters and tourists alike. 

Village Attractions:

Marykirk Cross

Marykirk Cross

Marykirk Cross

Within the grounds of the Marykirk Hotel, lies an ancient market cross – the “Marykirk Cross” (now missing its upper transverse section), dating back to around 1650. The presence of an early Christian church or monastery in Scotland is often marked by carved stones, crosses, or cross-slabs; however, in Marykirk, the ruins of the “Ancient Kirk” (built in 1242) lie in the grounds of the newer Church (built in 1806), some 200 metres away from the Marykirk Cross, so it is not thought that this cross marks a religious site, simply the centre of the ancient village of Marykirk, where a local market would have been held. 

River Esk

River Esk

River North Esk

The river North Esk runs alongside the Marykirk Hotel and is one of the most prolific salmon rivers in the northern hemisphere, providing the angler with a choice of fishing throughout spring, summer and autumn runs. Sea trout also run the river from late May to August. 

Since 1996 the village has been holding an annual charity fundraising Raft Race in the river North Esk which normally takes place on the third Sunday in May.

Marykirk Raft Race

Marykirk Raft Race

Up to twenty individually built rafts, each decorated with an eye-catching theme, are manned by a team wearing fancy dress costumes.

Following the race there is an afternoon/evening of entertainment at the Marykirk Park; so if staying with us in mid-May, be sure to join in with the fun. 

Nearby Attractions: 

There are various places of interest to visit, most within a 1/2hr drive from the hotel. Within 25 miles there is the choice of Glamis, Crathes and Dunnottar Castles, and of course, a little further afield – Balmoral.

Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle

Glamis is well known as the childhood home of the late Queen Mother and is well worth a visit.(www.glamis-castle.co.uk )

Crathes Castle

Cathes Castle

Crathes Castle

(www.nts.org.uk/Hire-a-venue/Crathes-Castle  ) is an enchanting 16th-century tower house, reminiscent of the great French châteaux. It is surrounded by 240 hectares of formal gardens, woodland walks and rolling Scottish countryside, providing a great day out for all the family.

Dunnottar Castle

dunnotar castle

Dunnottar Castle

(www.dunnottarcastle.co.uk) is steeped in history and is one of the most striking and romantic ruined castles in Scotland. A ruined cliff top fortress in a stunning setting on a rocky headland near Stonehaven.

Fettercairn Distillery

Closer to home, the Fettercairn Distillery (www.fettercairndistillery.co.uk), just 3 miles from Marykirk, provides guided tours from May to September.  

Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre

Just outside Montrose, the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre (www.montrosebasin.org.uk) is a local nature reserve home to over 50,000 migratory birds – including pink-footed geese, Arctic terns, knots and sedge warblers, open all year and with a visitor’s centre.

The House of Dun

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

The House of Dun, a Georgian building designed and built by William Adam in 1730 for David Erskine, Lord Dun, overlooks the Montrose Basin.  It has a miniature theatre display, and the courtyard buildings host handloom weaving workshops.

Golf

For golf enthusiasts, Montrose Golf Links has been established as the 5th oldest course in the World and celebrated its 450th year in 2012. Alternatively, Edzell Golf Club is situated in 128 acres and lies in the foothills of the Angus Glens, the mountains forming a backdrop to this lovely heathland/parkland course. Brechin Golf Club is an 18 hole parkland course and provides a challenge for even the most seasoned golfer. The course and greens are renowned as the best in the area.

RSS Discovery, Dundee

RSS Discovery, Dundee, Scott & Shackleton’s Ship

Kirriemuir

Kirriemuir (23 miles from Marykirk) is a charming and historic town, set on a hill at the gateway to Glens Clova and Prosen. It is famous for the birthplace of Peter Pan’s creator, JM Barrie, and the little whitewashed cottage is now looked after by the National Trust for Scotland, and displays his writing desk, photos and newspaper clippings. Kirriemuir was also the birthplace of Sir Hugh Munro who did much to make hill walking so popular and who gave his name to the mountains in Scotland over 3,000 feet – The Munros.

RRS Discovery

RRS Discovery (www.rrsdiscovery.com ) is found 33 miles from Marykirk in Dundee; it is a firm favourite visitor attraction for all ages. RRS Discovery was the last traditional wooden three-masted ship to be built in Britain and is famous for Scott and Shackleton’s expedition to the Antarctic.