Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire Scotland

Where is it

Located in the north-east corner, encompassing farmlands as well as mountains, rocky coastlines and sandy beaches, there’s plenty to be seen in this corner of Scotland.

Why visit

Aberdeenshire is often overlooked as visitors head north to the Highlands, but there are so many amazing attractions and less-visited but no less amazing sites to see in the region. It will give you a taste of “real” Scotland! If you don’t have time to travel further from the major cities you can easily find examples of all the best Scotland has to offer here or add a day or two on your way further north! 

Major cities/towns:


The third biggest city in Scotland and known as the “Granite City ” for its many grey stone buildings. You can walk the long beach, shop, or look out for the resident dolphin pod that frequents the harbour. It’s also where the ferries for the Northern Isles leave from so makes a great stop on your way to Shetland or Orkney. 

Known for:

North East 250

The North East 250 is a circular road trip route around Aberdeenshire. There are lots of recommended places to stop along the way including beautiful beaches, castles, whisky distilleries, museums, villages and epic landscapes. 

Cairngorms National Park

Partly located in Aberdeenshire is the Cairngorms National Park, established in 2003. It’s the largest park in the UK and offers plenty of outdoor space for activities from walking to skiing but also castles and museums. Soak in the peaceful atmosphere and fresh air!

Castle Trail

There are over 260 castles, historic sites and stately homes in Aberdeenshire. The Castle Trail covers 19 of them, including the stunning ruins of Dunnottar Castle perched on a rocky outcrop surrounded by the sea and the “pink” Craigievar Castle said to have inspired Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle.