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Stretching from inland Braemar to Aberdeen and the coast, where towns like Stonehaven and Peterhead offer idyllic beaches and wonderful cliff-top trails, Aberdeenshire is a region of castles, culture and awe-inspiring natural beauty. Enjoy a game of golf, an afternoon of fishing or a white-water rafting experience, indulge in a spot of shopping or visit museums, parks and gardens and art galleries. Whatever you enjoy, you can enjoy it in Aberdeenshire.

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Your guide to Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire at a glance:
  • Beautiful county with beaches, cliff-top walking trails, castles and lakes.
  • Home to peaceful little Scottish towns where you can be assured of a warm welcome.
  • Wide variety of attractions include parks, gardens, galleries, museums and golf courses.
  • An excellent choice for people that love to shop.
  • The home of Balmoral Castle, one of the residences of the Royal Family.

Covering beautiful areas of countryside, and long stretches of coastline, Aberdeenshire is a county plenty to offer for holidays and short breaks. Travel up the coast and you’ll encounter villages, towns and cities of various sizes, including lively destinations and quieter retreats, all with friendly and welcoming atmospheres. Aberdeenshire is home to some of Scotland’s best scenic views, occasionally dotted with traditional whisky distilleries and with well-maintained golf courses.

Included within Aberdeenshire is a portion of the Cairngorms National Park, which remains one of the most popular attractions in Scotland. The National Park is perfect for both casual walkers and serious hikers, and its magnificent countryside is also home to lakes and rivers where you can enjoy water sports and boat trips. As a whole, Aberdeenshire has approximately 50 major golf courses, ensuring that you’ll always find somewhere to play a round and that there are courses for beginners as well as experienced golfers. Should you wish to enjoy active pursuits or sports, you’ll certainly be spoiled for choice.

The most famous individual attraction in Aberdeenshire is undoubtedly Balmoral Castle. Owned by the Royal Family and used as their holiday home, the castle is a truly spectacular property. Parts of Balmoral Castle are open to the public, including the breath-taking castle ballroom and the wonderful formal gardens.

Aberdeenshire’s attractions go far beyond golf courses and castles, however. Museums provide plenty of opportunities to learn about your surroundings, whilst other family attractions will guarantee that tourists of all ages can find plenty of things to do. One of the most popular attractions for children is Aberdeen’s Codonas amusement park with its thrill rides, family rides, petting zoo, bowling alley and themed adventure golf courses, amongst a variety of other play areas and a selection of places to eat.

Aberdeen itself is a lively and exciting city with lots of its own attractions, whilst further north you’ll find a number of smaller fishing ports that offer a quaint escape. Stop at one of many of the little coastal fishing villages, and be sure to enjoy some of the fresh fish dishes served at local seafood restaurants. Fraserburgh in particular is a popular place to visit, with its major commercial harbour and its many dining establishments.

Book a room in an Aberdeenshire hotel and you’ll enjoy a true taste of authentic Scotland, with rural locations and beautiful coastal destinations that can be enjoyed in any season.

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