Designed in Georgian style by William Adam in 1732, Haddo House is best described as a classic English stately home transplanted to Scotland. Home to the Gordon family, it has sumptuous Victorian interiors with wood-panelled walls, Persian-rug-scattered floors and a wealth of period antiques. The beautiful grounds and terraced gardens are open all year (9am to dusk). The house is accessed by guided tour only, best booked in advance. Haddo is 19 miles north of Aberdeen, near Ellon.
Buses run hourly Monday to Saturday from Aberdeen to Tarves/Methlick (£6.15, one hour), stopping at the end of the Haddo House driveway; it's a 1-mile walk from bus stop to house.