Seen from the road near Turriff: Forglen House gatehouse. I walked up the seemingly endless wooded drive to the house on a trip with friends. The main house is an enormous Tudorbethan plie, straight out of Jeeves or Sherlock Holmes. Tatty blinds hang in the enormous, heavy curtained windows and the ground floor is a maze of peeling, cobwebbed corridors. Continuing past the house you roam up a forested valley with streams and ponds below you to an enormous walled garden. Along one side are sagging Victorian greenhouses, overgrown with plants and along the other a rose pergola where thorny branches whip at you as you walk by. A lost place, in a lonely valley in the autumn sun.
A fitting goodbye to the forgotten corners of Aberdeenshire.
You can rent the lodge and various cottages for holidays, especially for fishing trips.