Spring Forward!

We are so delighted to be getting ready to welcome our lovely guests again from 26th April.  We have spring sunshine and warmer days to look forward to after a difficult winter lockdown due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

It’s been a long, hard winter with record snowfall and near record low temperatures.   Working from home does have some benefits in this weather though!   I was certainly glad not to have to dig my car out of this mountain of snow!

Car buried under snow

On the upside, Archie, loves the snow and really enjoyed all the extra walks and together we managed to complete Maggie’s 50 mile challenge in January raising funds for Maggie’s Cancer Care Charity.

Springer Spaniel in the Snow


An Update on our Fundraising Activities

Like so many other charities we had to cancel almost all of our usual fundraising activities last year, including our very popular film night in Ballater and our big fundraiser – the Balmoral Golf Event. We still aren’t sure we will be able to host these events this year but have our fingers crossed!

So that we can continue to maintain our high standards in the cottages, and the range of equipment and services we offer we have a  few suggestions on how you can help, without it costing you anything.


Easy Fundraising

Please sign up and remember to use EasyFundraising when you do your online shopping.  It’s really easy to use and you can install a donation reminder so that you never forget to shop via EasyFundraising.

Over 4,300 shops and sites will donate to Crathie Opportunity Holidays for FREE when you use easyfundraising to shop with them. This means you can raise donations for us when you buy anything from clothes, shoes, household goods, gifts and loads more….

These donations really help us and all you have to do is use EasyFundraising when you’re ordering the things you’ll be buying anyway.

Shop on AmazonSmile at https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/SC027590, and Amazon donates to Crathie Opportunity Holidays, at no cost to you.

AmazonSmile customers can now support Crathie Opportunity Holidays in the Amazon shopping app on iPhones and Android phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
  3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process




Our 200 Plus Club started again in March and the first lucky winners of 2021 are:

1st Prize of £30 goes to Number 146, Pamela Westlake

2nd Prize of £20 goes to Number 191, Angus Davidson Jnr


I’ll be contacting the winners to arrange direct payment of their winnings, to keep us all as safe as possible at this time.


Coming Up

We are fast approaching our 20th anniversary and are planning lots of fundraising activities to help us renew and refresh some of the facilitoes, services and amenities we offer.  Watch this space for further details coming up.