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What we love

  • Vast land, covering three acres
  • Games room, perfect for children and adults
  • Enjoy a tipple with the Whisky library

Enlarged in 1836 by the same architect who built the neighbouring Balmoral Castle owned by the Royal family, it has been extended several times over the years and was partially reconstructed in 1955 retaining its Scottish style.

Considerable investment has been made into the interior redesign of this stunning property including an environmentally friendly biomass heating system throughout and magnificent chef’s kitchen. Guests enjoy private, exclusive use offering 12 ensuite bedrooms, an impressive formal Dining Room, Drawing Room, Games/ Billiard Room with a full-size snooker table, and the guests favourite Whisky Library.

Outdoors there are 18 acres of private woodland and manicured lawns, including a large Victorian walled garden with beautiful flowers
and trees, a lochan fed by the celebrated River Don and a woodland bonfire area – a very special spot to enjoy a drink by the fire.

Exploring the lavish grounds you will find one magical setting after another– exclusively yours to enjoy during your stay.

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  • Heating
  • TV
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In-Depth Villa Details


12 x Double bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms



Living area

Dining area

Fully equipped kitchen



Satellite TV

Drawing room

Games room

Billiard room

Snooker table

Whisky library


Alfresco dining area


Private woodlands

Manicured Lawns

3-acre grounds

Giant Chessboard

Fire pit area


Candacraig offers an exclusive Highland retreat perfectly located to explore the remarkable beauty of the Cairngorms and surrounding area. Our 17th century mansion provides the ideal luxury escape to immerse yourself in the rich history and natural beauty of the Highlands, while partaking of some of the finest local traditions.

Nestled in the heart of rugged, breathtaking Highland beauty, Candacraig allows guests to unwind in peaceful natural surroundings, with easy access to some of Scotland’s most remarkable sights and experiences. To the west lies the Queen’s own Highland retreat at Balmoral, while the stunning route north leads to the promise of whisky in the picturesque Spey Valley. The local area also boasts access to some of the finest fishing, golf and outdoor pursuits in Scotland.

With its sensational location in the heart of the Cairngorms, but just an hour’s journey from Aberdeen and Inverness, Candacraig offers exceptional hospitality in a truly remarkable setting.


Candacraig is easily accessible, whether you are flying, travelling by train or making your own way by car. Those looking to drive may wish to use our postcode, AB36 8XT, to assist with navigation.

We are less than an hour’s drive from Aberdeen International Airport, and only slightly further from the city’s rail station, with its frequent services to routes throughout the UK. From the airport, take the A96 towards Inverness, then turn left onto B979 towards Kirkton of Skene. Turn right onto the A944, staying on this road through the town of Alford until you reach the turn off on the left for the A97 towards Strathdon. Continue straight onto the A944 signposted to Corgarff and Tomintoul. The gates to Candacraig are on your left, 2 miles past the village of Bellabeg.

Candacraig is just an hour from Inverness Airport. Head south along the A9, before branching left onto the A938 for Carrbridge. Turn left again onto the A95, then right onto the A939, before joining the A944 signposted for Strathdon. The gates to Candacraig can be found on your right hand side roughly 4 miles on.

If you are driving from Edinburgh Airport, take the M90 towards Perth, continue to the A93 North following the Old Military Road through the picturesque roads of Glenshee and Braemar. Turn left after Balmoral Castle onto the B976, left again onto the A939, then right onto the A944 signposted for Strathdon. The gates to Candacraig are on your right hand side after about 4 miles.

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