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Things to do...

There are many activities to enjoy at Shepherd’s Loch and the surrounding area, including fishing, walking, cycling and wild swimming. There are games for kids in the Fishing Hut and lots of outdoors space for swingball, football and rounders, etc. I’m keen for guests to have involvement with the farm should they have an interest, depending on the time of year and what’s going on; for example, calving and lambing, and there are always baby pigs on the go!


This area has a beautiful, varied landscape with a stunning coastline, forests and mountains. It is well situated for the whisky and castle trails and the North East 250 route. The quirky coastal villages of Crovie and Pennan, where the film “Local Hero” was filmed, are close by. The historic Portsoy harbour was the location for Compton Mackenzie’s Whisky Galore's remake and, more recently, Peaky Blinders. For those yearning for a bit of solitude, at the back of Shepherd’s Hill stretches wild moorland where you can walk all day and never meet a soul.

play area

We provide some outdoor play equipment for our younger guests to enjoy.  Please note that this area is not staffed and it is for parents/guardians to ensure that children are supervised at all times.

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Fishing hut

The Fishing Hut is a communal area with a pool table, table games and a selection of books for guests to enjoy.  Alternatively you can just use the space to chill out by the fire on a comfy sofa. It also has a sheltered BBQ area for wet and windy days.

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Please feel free to light the firepit.

It is there for guests to use and enjoy. 


There are walks in and around Shepherds Loch, which allow guests to explore the site and surrounding countryside.  We just ask that hikers stick to the country code and remember that we are located on a working farm!


If anyone wants to explore further afield, just ask a member of staff for more information.

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Guests are welcome to fish on our top loch which is fully stocked with Brown and Rainbow Trout.  We have rods which can be provided on request, at no extra charge, or guests can use their own equipment.  Guests can keep the first fish caught but any more are on a catch and release basis.

Water activities

Guests are welcome to swim or use the paddle board and kayaks we provide, in our top loch.  They can also bring their own equipment.  All water sports are undertaken at guests' own risks, but we insist that they wear the safety equipment provided.

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Visit the Farm

Shepherds Loch is on a working farm and it is sometimes possible to arrange a farm tour.  Please let us know if this is something you would enjoy and we will try and arrange it.


It is important to remember during your stay, not enter any fields, gated areas, or farm yard without permission. The farm yard has various dangerous vehicles and machinery moving around, so please be aware when driving and walking through these areas.  


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