Archie and Henry fishing
Carriage driving front view
Dunnottar 3
Exploring the Beach
Group at Balmoral
In the Landau
Jasper fishing
Senior Group fishing
Stonehaven War memorial

Our trip to Stonehaven started with a comfortable train ride from King’s Cross to Stonehaven. We rewarded ourselves with a pizza delivery while the boys settled themselves into their hotel a stone's throw from the beach. The following day we were blessed with some sunshine and managed to walk the three mile coastal walk from Stonehaven harbour to the magnificent Dunnottar castle with some incredible views, including a pod of dolphins!

On arrival we were greeted with the sound of bagpipes and after a brief refreshment had a tour of the castle. Unsurprisingly the boys had worked up quite an appetite by lunchtime but the rain clouds had started to arrive by this point so we enjoyed some fish and chips in our hotel out of the rain.After some time to digest we went to the Olympic sized lido for a swim and a go on the water chute before some time to unwind back at the hotel. The boys then managed to match their body weight in portion size at the Marine restaurant afterwards! On our second day we headed over to the Maryculter carriage driving centre where the boys enjoyed some carriage drives, groomed some gentle ponies and learned about the history of carriage driving, including the particular talents of the late Duke of Edinburgh. Back in Stonehaven the boys enjoyed some paddleboarding and mackerel fishing with some mighty hauls! The boys warmed up back in the hotel with some food and warm showers before a trip to the mind boggling zippo circus! Our trip to Scotland would not have been complete without a trip to the Balmoral estate which we visited on our final day. The boys were a delight and a good time was had by all.


"I’ve just had 12 pupils and 3 teachers from your school stay at my Guest House here in Stonehaven and I felt that I had to put pen to paper so to speak!

They were an absolute pleasure, friendly, well-mannered and totally respectful of my property. I wasn’t sure when it was booked how it would work, but it was absolutely great. The teachers and pupils are an absolute credit to your school and we thoroughly enjoyed having them. This is a small town and they made a positive impression everywhere they went. It’s clear to see that the teachers know the children extremely well and have a good connection with them. We’d happily host your pupils again."

Sheila Howarth