10 minutes north in the car takes you to the fishing town of Fraserburgh, here you will find large grocery stores, various public houses, restaurants and other amenities. There are several beautiful beaches and fishing villages to explore within 5 - 10 minutes drive. Further afield you can visit ruined castles, caves and historic sites. Particularly of note is Slains Castle (the inspiration for Bram Stokers Dracula), Bullers of Buchan, Aberdour Cave, Deer Abbey and Aden Country Park.
Loch of Strathbeg, within walking distance, is Britain's largest dune loch (206 hectares) which is open to the public all year. With 260 species of birds, 280 species of moths, more than 300 different species of plants, 18 butterflies and more than 20 species of mammal, the reserve is a haven for wildlife and a spectacular place to watch nature. In winter, thousands of wild geese, swans and ducks fly in, including 20 percent of the world's population of pink-footed geese.
Cycling and Walking
Lonmay offers direct access to the Formartine and Buchan Way, which has been justifiably designated as one of Scotland’s Great Trails. The route was created on the disused railway track which stretches for 53 miles from Aberdeen to Fraserburgh and is entirely off road. This makes the former train route an ideal trail for horse riders, walkers and cyclists. It is a particularly good choice for cycling with children. The route offers stunning views of the Aberdeenshire landscape and distant views of the sea.
The North east corner of Scotland is a paradise for golf lovers. Within a 30 minute radius of Mosscroft there are several golf courses, including the Royal Tarlair at Macduff, the internationally renowned Cruden Bay course and the two local traditional links courses at Fraserburgh and Inverallochy.
Wildlife and Nature
The Aberdeenshire landscape in itself is a tourist attraction, with stunning beaches stretching the entire coast line. Wildlife and nature are all around, and sprawling countryside as far as the eye can see. The beaches, sea, and surrounding dunes alone attract those interested in water sports, wildlife, and fishing. There are also plenty of attractions to suit those looking for entertainment in the local towns and villages. The attractions listed below give a sample of what is available within reasonable travelling distance of Mosscroft.
There is a reservoir just north of Crimond off the A90 which can be utilised for fishing. Permits can be obtained relatively easily to make use of the local rivers and the North Sea, all of which have an abundance of fish, depending on the season. Visitors have the opportunity to attempt salmon, trout, sea, coarse and game fishing within the immediate vicinity.
There are fisheries for all varieties of trout in Boddam, Fraserburgh, Auchnagatt, Methlick, New Deer and more further afield.
Aberdeenshire is home to some of Scotland’s top salmon rivers. The River Dee is simply the world’s top spring salmon river and the Deveron in Banffshire is one of the most prolific salmon and sea trout rivers in the country. The
rivers Don, Ythan and Ugie are also renowned salmon rivers.
Sea anglers are well catered for in the north east of Scotland with the rugged coastline providing a wealth of wonderful boat and shore fishing opportunities throughout the year. Many of the picturesque harbours across the region have Sports fishing boats available to hire where anglers can be taken to popular offshore marks to fish. There is a vast array of species available throughout the year, such as cod, pollack, plaice and bass.