Fraserburgh beach is just a 5 minute drive from the house up the A90. It forms a 3 mile crescent of golden sand. The beach is said to be one of the finest in Scotland.
The northeast corner of Scotland is a paradise for golf lovers. Within a half hour drive of Regency Mansion, there are several golf courses, including the Royal Tarlair at Macduff and the internationally renowned Cruden Bay course. For tailor made luxury golf packages, the owners recommend Golf Vacation Scotland.
Just up the road there is a fabulous disused railway track (the Formartine and Buchan Way). The last passenger train ran on 4 October 1965. It stretches for 50 miles from Aberdeen to Fraserburgh and makes an ideal cycle track. It passes by fields of sheep and cows with distant views of the sea. A particularly good choice for cycling with children, bikes can be hired from the Waterside Inn at Peterhead.
The beaches and cycle track provide lovely opportunities for walks, but guests can also stay within the grounds and still enjoy a walk through the woodlands.
There is a lovely 2-3 hour trip available from Macduff, 20 minutes away. Visitors sail with skipper John along the coast towards Pennan, passing pretty seaside villages, or cruise west towards Inverness. On just one trip, a guest saw more than 20 seals, puffins, a breeding colony of guillemots and a porpoise.
The area is a favourite with archaeologists and has many stone circles dating back to prehistoric times. The nearest is at Memsie, just 2 miles away. This great cairn of bare stones that is 24 metres in diameter and 4 metres high is the sole survivor of 3 huge cairns. Another example can be seen at Strichen where the circle apparently dates back to the second millennium BC.
Aden Country Park - Explore the unique story of farming and life on a country estate in northeast Scotland over the past 200 years. Pitmedden Gardens are glorious formal gardens dating back to 1675. Pennan is a picturesque village nestled at the foot of steep cliffs. The film "Local Hero" was filmed there in 1983. The telephone box used in the film is now a historic monument. Banff, only 20 miles away, is famous as the best preserved 17th/18th century town in Scotland.
We are about half an hour away from the famous whisky trail. The nearest distilleries are the Strathisla at Keith or the world famous Glenfiddich at Dufftown. In total, there are seven distilleries to discover.
The castle trail in Aberdeenshire brings together 13 of the world's most unique castles. There is a clearly signposted tourist trail which will take visitors from castle to castle, taking in the romance of Craigevar to the grandeur of Kildrummy Castle.
Amazingly, it has recently come to light that the ancestors of Elvis Presley came from the village of Lonmay, the local village. A blacksmith called Andrew Presley, who married in Lonmay and emigrated from there in 1745, is a direct ancestor of "the king". Elvis fans in Scotland now have a new shrine to visit beyond Prestwick where the star made an appearance in the 60s. When Elvis's Scottish roots emerged early in 2004 the world press went mad.
There is a huge Tesco 4 miles away at the entrance to Fraserburgh that delivers. In town, there is also a smaller Safeway store with good parking. Fraserburgh is well equipped with shops. There are many national chains such as Boots, WH Smith, Thorntons and Woolworths and a plethora of locally owned stores where guests can get anything from stunning flower arrangements at Floriana's to artist's materials for those feeling inspired.