Mackie’s of Scotland and National Trust for Scotland announce partnership to get families exploring Aberdeenshire this summer

Fun-seeking families are invited to come and celebrate the first weekend of the summer holidays (June 26 - 27) by exploring trails around National Trust for Scotland properties in Deeside and beyond.

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 12:00 am
Timo (9) and Julia (7) get ready for exploring this summer with Mackie's of Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland.

Visitors can reconnect with the places they love, uncover clues as they explore and receive a delicious Mackie’s chocolate treat for their efforts.

In Deeside, the events are taking place at the magnificent 16th century Crathes Castle with its intricate maze of turrets, towers, oak panels and painted ceilings in Banchory, and Drum Castle in Drumoak which boasts one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses, and other National Trust for Scotland properties around Scotland on Saturday 26 June and Sunday 27 June, families can celebrate the start of summer with our Summertime Explorer trails through beautiful gardens and grounds.

Mackie’s Marketing Director Karin Hayhow said: “We hope that after the last year and a half, the chance to have a proper family day out, at amazing settings, while hunting for clues will generate lots of fun.

Drum Castle is one of the properties taking part in Mackie's Summertime Explorers.

"We’re thrilled to be partnering with The Trust and support its incredible properties and grounds that are part of Scotland’s fabric.”

National Trust for Scotland’s Director of Customer & Cause, Mark Bishop said: “We’re thankful to our friends at Mackie’s of Scotland for helping us to create this summertime adventure for families.

"It’s the perfect start to what we’re all hoping will be a summer of adventure and outdoor fun, in places that we love.

"So, get your thinking caps on and come and explore our beautiful places, in Aberdeenshire and beyond!”

Crathes Castle – 10am – 4pm (time slot booking); £3 per trail. Parking charges apply to non-members (£3 per car). Drum Castle – 10am – 4pm (time slot booking); £3 per trail. Parking charges apply to non-members (£3 per car).

Please adhere to local restrictions as set out by the Scottish Government when visiting.

For information on the fun Summertime Explorers trails and a full list of properties taking part, please visit: