The appeal of Inchmarlo Retirement Community is often its location in Royal Deeside. With woodland and a Walled Garden for residents to explore, it’s a green and calming location but, with the picturesque town of Banchory only 1.5 miles distance, it’s certainly not remote.

Banchory is the nearest town to Inchmarlo, and it’s our residents’ first stop when it comes to shopping, eating out and sightseeing. Many of our homeowners simply nip into town whenever they fancy it, but we realise the importance of ALL of our residents and homeowners getting out and about in the community, so Inchmarlo runs a courtesy bus to Banchory. It currently operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays (10.00am and 1.30pm) and Fridays (10am), returning after approximately an hour, costing £4.35 for a single, and £7.00 for return.


Let’s get the practical information out of the way before we focus on the treats! Banchory provides everything needed for comfortable day to day living. Doctors, dentists, opticians, chemists, supermarkets, hairdressers, beauticians, furniture shops, a hardware store, Post Office and library. From appointments, to business or shopping, Banchory delivers.

Eating Out

In and Around Banchory, Aberdeenshire

A fresh salad at Buchanan Bistro – courtesy of VisitAberdeenshire

At Inchmarlo residents live and cook in their own homes. They also have the option of dining at Inchmarlo House, or ordering freshly cooked meals, hand crafted by our Head Chef, which can be delivered straight to their door. But if our residents would like to dine out, take their family for a meal, or meet friends, there are many options in nearby Banchory.
-For Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch or an evening meal consider the elegant Banchory Lodge Hotel, on the banks of the River Dee. A stunning location, a smart hotel but an informal vibe.
The Cowshed, situated on the outskirts of town, is known for its fish and chips. Look out for the popular Senior dining option too. Tuck in!
Buchanan Bistro is known for its local, organic food and great views. Situated on the outskirts of town, it’s handily located next to The Barn (see below), which is the cultural hub of the town.
– For a dash of Italian drop by Mamma Mia in the centre of town.
Number One Community Café – Contribute to the local community by visiting this social enterprise in Scott Skinner Square. This centre is also great for events, and offers meeting rooms and community spaces.
-For soup and light bites visit the Birdhouse Café or Dee-Licious on Banchory High Street.

Things to Do – In and Around Banchory, Aberdeenshire

Walking and cycling at Scolty Hill courtesy of VisitAberdeenshire

-For theatre, art, comedy, music and events, check out the colourful listings at The Barn. This venue punches above its weight with a packed and varied programme.
-Banchory has a small, local museum on Bridge Street, which is ideal for those wishing to learn more about their immediate surroundings and the history of the area. Hear the stories of local legends, such as musician and composer Scott Skinner, come to life.
-Banchory has its own Sports Village with a pool, for those wishing to exercise, learn a new sport or participate in classes.
Inchmarlo Golf Course – admittedly this is outside of Banchory, but wonderfully close to both the town and Inchmarlo Retirement Village. There is also a fine golf course in Banchory. Scotland is the home of golf, so why not play a round or two at your leisure.


In and Around Banchory, Aberdeenshire

In and Around Banchory, Aberdeenshire

For those who fancy a tipple, Inchmarlo is a rarity in the fact that it has a licensed bar. The Home Owners also run a ‘Village Pub’ every Friday. But for those who fancy heading into town consider the Stag Hotel, Scott Skinners Bar and Restaurant, the Burnett Arms, and the Douglas Arms as potential watering holes.


Banchory Golf Club courtesy of VisitAberdeenshire

-The Banchory River Festival is held every June. Look out for the giant duck race, we’re talking hundreds of rubber ducks floating down the Dee! You have to see it to believe it.
-For a traditional highland games, experience Banchory Highland Show, for timeless sports, bagpipes, and Highland Dancing.
-The annual Banchory Firework Display and Bonfire always attracts the crowds. A family-friendly event, with colour and lots of sparkle.
-A popular summer event is the Banchory Beer Festival, held every August. But don’t assume it’s only aimed at fans of craft beers. Local gin is hugely popular, local rum makes an appearance, and there’s even a prosecco tent.
-For those seeking local produce, low food miles and excellent food provenance check out the monthly Farmers Markets held on the third Saturday of every month in Banchory’s Bellfield Car Park.

Sightseeing Just Out of Town

In and Around Banchory, Aberdeenshire

Crathes Castle courtesy of VisitAberdeenshire

Scolty Hill – take a hike up a hill topped by a tower monument. The views are certainly worth the effort. Read a detailed post here, about how easy and fulfilling the walk can be.
-Banchory is close to National Trust for Scotland properties Drum and Crathes castle. Fascinating historic sites in their own right, but with the added appeal of tea rooms, playgrounds and attractive gardens and grounds.
-For all your gardening, gift shop and local produce desires, head to Mains of Drum or Raemoir Garden Centre. Both venues’ cafés are fantastic too.
Falls of Feugh – Indulge in afternoon tea, or a fly cup, by a scenic waterfall.
Milton of Crathes – For dining, shopping and a jaunt on the Deeside Railway, spend an afternoon at Milton of Crathes.

In and Around Banchory, Aberdeenshire

A heron at the Falls of Feugh courtesy of VisitAberdeenshire

At Inchmarlo we love the peace and quiet of our country location, but with vibrant Banchory only a few miles distance, we offer our residents the best of both worlds.

Today Inchmarlo consists of over 190 houses and apartments and a 52 bed care home designated Grade 4 by the Care Inspectorate. If you or your relatives have any questions about Inchmarlo please contact Dawn Ronaldson on 01330 824981. We’d happily give you a guided tour, send a brochure or answer any queries. – Where gracious living comes naturally…

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