Some of the finest hunting, shooting, fishing and golf in the world...

Leisure facilities at The Marcliffe Hotel at Pitfodels

SOME of the finest hunting, shooting and fishing in the world is available in Scotland, and we can arrange to cater for your needs at short notice through our network of agents on Royal Deeside and across the country Scotland, of course, is the traditional home of golf, and North-east Scotland offers a selection of superb courses –including wonderfully challenging traditional links courses at Cruden Bay and Royal Aberdeen Golf Club - the sixth oldest registered golf club in the world, established in 1780.

We can arrange top-class wild salmon fishing for our guests, on the famous River Dee, which meanders just a few hundred yards from our location in the Royal Deeside Lower Valley.

We offer a wide range of salmon and sea trout fishing packages in over 20 beats on the River Dee and River Don which combine to make the City of Aberdeen a unique peninsula -bounded by two rivers and the North Sea. Ghillies, equipment and suitable attire are all available at an attractive price from us on request. Our rates for the rivers are:

  • Half Day £25.00 per rod per day
  • Full Day £50.00 peer rod per day

Alternatively, if you wish us to create an atractive package, we will tailor make it to suit your specific needs.

You will also find that North-east Scotland offers several superb fishing rivers - including the River Ythan and River Esk. And many intriguing loch and trout fisheries are within easy reach. The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa is the optimal base for the most memorable of fishing breaks. Piscatorial bliss! Please note that these fishing facilities are subject to availability. The fishing season runs from February 1 through to September 30.

Scottish Golf Trails
Scotland is The Home of Golf. This great game has been played on these shores for centuries and golf balls have been hit round Scotland’s north-east coast for nearly as long as in any other part of the country.

Today, north-east Scotland boasts over 70 golf courses. From stunning links courses to magnificent inland ones, there are plenty of choose from. The region’s courses are often overlooked by golfers keen to play some of their more famous cousins. To overlook the courses of north-east Scotland is to miss out on some of the world’s greatest rounds of golf. It is this choice and the golfing heritage that runs through every Scottish course which inspired us to establish Scottish Golf Trails.


We can arrange golf facilities for our guests. Here are just some of the major golfing attractions in our immediate area:

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club
For many pundits, Royal Aberdeen's Balgownie course is regarded as golf in its purest form. It is recognised as one of the finest natural links courses in the country, and over the years top world-class professionals have made their pilgrimage to these 18 holes – including Walter Hagen, Henry Cotton, Greg Norman and Tom Watson, all of whom have waxed lyrical about the virtues of the course.

Murcar Golf Club
Stepping on to Murcar's first tee, and looking down towards the humps and bumps of its famous neighbour, Royal Aberdeen, you might wonder what all the fuss is - it's a birdie opportunity if ever there was one!

Cruden Bay Golf Club
Keen players from every part of the globe make their way here to sample for themselves one of Scotland's most uniquely designed links courses.

Newburgh on Ythan Golf Club
Newburgh on Ythan Links is a championship course of 6423 yards: par 72: CSS 72. It was established in 1888. The outward nine is characterised by natural hills and undulations, requiring a range of adroit shot-making to meet the challenge of traditional gorse-lined seaside courses.

This course is located just two miles from the newly-constructed magnificent Trump International Golf Links at Balmedie. Discover more information at

Paul Lawrie Golf Centre
Take your game to the next level. The Paul Lawrie Golf Centre is only 4 miles from the Marcliffe Hotel.