The Commercial is a deceptively discrete hotel, somewhat off the beaten track. The unpretentious external appearance belies a sizeable establishment which has been extensively refurbished internally to a high standard, with very comfortable rooms and furnishings. Run by the same family for 17 years, the hotel has staff who are all extremely friendly and helpful, serving excellent, reasonably priced meals with a wide menu of home made food and local beers.
Tarland itself is centred in an area of estates, through which there are numerous, well maintained, walking routes - all well signed! - and with the availability of comprehensive leaflet guides at the hotel. Nearby are ancient stone circles, a golf course, the elegant church (and also church ruins) and even a neatly kept bird hide (where 2 woodpeckers were seen, together with many other birds) all of which is surrounded by beautiful views. This is in addition to the close proximity of Tarland to the River Dee, with access to yet more pleasant walks and to the various local towns, such as Aboyne and Ballater.
Overall, a great find that will certainly be considered for a return visit.