There are many impressive historic homes and castles near to Capo Cottages, including Edzell Castle, Dunnotter Castle, House of Dun, Glamis Castle and Dunninald House and Gardens.

The village of Fettercairn is home to the second oldest licensed whisky distillery in Scotland, dating back to 1824 and marking the start of the Malt Whisky Trail. The distillery is open to the public for tours and tastings from May until September.

Three historical fishing villages located on the road north between St Cyrus and Stonehaven are well worth visiting. Johnshaven and Gordoun have still working harbours, complete with mounds of lobsterpots, old buildings, narrow streets and sea views to admire; you can pick up fresh fish, lobster and other seafood on the harbour wall in Gordoun. The coastal village of Catterline sits on top of the cliffs and has great views and an award-winning seafood restaurant, The Creel. There are fantastic rock pools to paddle in and explore.