The Kilmarnock Arms Hotel can be found in the old fishing village of Cruden bay, a few miles north of Newburgh on Ythan.
The novelist Bram Stoker visited Cruden Bay, then known as Port Erroll, on a walking holiday to Aberdeenshire in 1893. He returned in 1894, booking into the Kilmarnock Arms Hotel. The following year he again checked into the hotel and began to write the early chapters of of his most famous novel Dracula.
Nearby New Slains Castle with its dramatic cliff-top location, is believed to have acted as a “visual palette”, inspiring some of the scenes in the novel. For example, Slains Castle contains an octagonal hall that was used as a reception room for visitors. In the novel Dracula the protagonist Jonathan Harker writes, "The Count halted, putting down my bags, closed the door, and crossing the room, opened another door which led into a small octagonal room lit by a single lamp, and seemingly without a window of any sort."