Things to do in Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire, a historic county located in the northeast of Scotland, is renowned for its picturesque landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and the majestic North Sea coastline. The region boasts a diverse terrain from the rugged highlands and serene countryside to the vibrant city of Aberdeen, known as the ‘Granite City’ for its distinctive grey stone architecture. Aberdeenshire is steeped in history, with ancient castles, historic battlefields, and traditional Scottish villages dotting its expansive territory.

The area serves as a gateway to the Scottish Highlands and offers an array of outdoor activities such as hiking, golfing, and wildlife watching. Its coastal towns are famous for their maritime heritage and fresh seafood. Aberdeenshire’s cultural scene is vibrant with numerous festivals, museums, and galleries that celebrate both its historical legacy and contemporary arts. The region’s economy benefits from both tourism and the offshore oil industry, making it a dynamic place to visit or reside.

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    • Castle Trail: Explore some of Scotland’s most iconic castles along this trail that winds through Aberdeenshire’s scenic countryside. Each castle has its own unique story and architectural style.
    • Whisky Trail: Discover the world-famous distilleries of Aberdeenshire by following this trail. It offers enthusiasts a chance to taste exquisite single malts and learn about whisky production.
    • Crathes Castle: Visit this enchanting 16th-century castle with its stunning gardens. Crathes Castle is known for its painted ceilings and beautiful woodland walks.
    • Dunnottar Castle: Perched on dramatic cliffs overlooking the North Sea, Dunnottar Castle’s ruins are among Scotland’s most photographed sites due to their breathtaking setting.
    • Cairngorms National Park: Enjoy outdoor adventures in Britain’s largest national park. Activities include hiking, mountain biking, wildlife watching, and winter sports.
    • Duthie Park: Located in Aberdeen city, Duthie Park is famous for its David Welch Winter Gardens – one of Europe’s largest indoor gardens.
    • North East 250: Drive this scenic route that takes you through some of Aberdeenshire’s most picturesque landscapes including coastlines, mountainsides, and whisky country.
    • Codona’s Amusement Park: Fun for all ages can be found at Codona’s Aberdeen beachfront amusement park which features rides, games, and a miniature golf course.
    • Slains Castle: Said to have inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula; explore the eerie ruins of Slains Castle along the craggy coastline near Cruden Bay.
    • His Majesty’s Theatre: Catch a performance at this historic theatre in Aberdeen offering a range of shows from ballets to musicals throughout the year.
    • Aberdeen Country Fair: Experience local culture at this monthly market held in Aberdeen’s Belmont Street featuring local produce, crafts, and street food.

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