With a history that’s still visible and inspiring coastal scenery, Aberdeenshire is one of Scotland’s most fascinating destinations. This is a region where countryside waits patiently to be discovered, waves crash against a rugged coast and time passes in sleepy villages. And then there’s the captivating city of Aberdeen…
Known as the Granite City thanks to its striking granite buildings, Aberdeen has it all. There’s a sandy beach, a bustling city centre with a reputation for great shopping and an energetic nightlife. It’s fantastic. Duthie Park sits at the heart of the city, and it’s the perfect breathing space for some time out between retail therapy and taking in the culture. Speaking of which, it’s always worth checking what’s on at His Majesty’s Theatre before your Aberdeenshire holiday as the theatre hosts a variety of acts throughout the year.
The city of Aberdeen’s proud of its long maritime history, and Aberdeen Maritime Museum brings the tale of the city’s relationship with the sea to life. With awards to its name and a setting on the Shiprow, the museum offers panoramic views across the harbour and includes the former home of Provost Ross which dates all the way back to 1593.
Aberdeen may be packed with things to see and do, but the entire region of Aberdeenshire makes a dramatic, yet relaxing place to escape from it all. In fact, with an impressive 300 castles, stately homes and crumbling ruins to its name, it’s little wonder the region’s home to Scotland’s only Castle Trail to showcase some of them to its visitors. The trail groups 18 of the most striking castles in Aberdeenshire, and it’s the perfect way to experience some of the region’s historic sites when you’re not quite sure where to start.