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    Enjoy cultural attractionsin towns, villages and a

    flourishing cityExperience the majestyand wild beauty ofthe Banffshire coast,Royal Deeside and theCairngorms National Park

    What to See & Do 2014-15

    Explore: Aberdeen

    City and Shire

    Fascinating History

    Inspiring Landscapes

    City Culture

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    Aberdeen City

    and Shire

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    Explore over 100 milesof stunning coastline

    Discover royal connections onthe Victorian Heritage Trail

    Indulge in sumptuouslocal food and drink

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    DisclaimerVisitScotland has published this guide in good faith to reflect information submitted to it by the proprietor/managers of the premises listed who have paid for their entries to be included. Although VisitScotland has taken reasonable steps to confirm the information contained in the guideat the time of going to press, it cannot guarantee that the information published is and remains accurate. Accordingly, VisitScotland recommends that all information is checked with the proprietor/manager of the business to ensure that the facilities, cost and all other aspects of the premises aresatisfactory. VisitScotland accepts no responsibility for any error or misrepresentation contained in the guide and excludes all liability for loss or damage caused by any reliance placed on the information contained in the guide. VisitScotland also cannot accept any liability for loss caused by thebankruptcy, or liquidation, or insolvency, or cessation of trade of any company, firm or individual contained in this guide. Cartography: Collins Bartholomew Ltd 2014: The contents of this publication are believed correct at the time of printing. Nevertheless, the publisher and copyright ownercan accept no responsibility for errors or omissions, changes in the detail given, or for any expense or loss thereby caused. The representation of a road, track or footpath is no evidence of a right of way. Quality Assurance awards are correct as of January 2014.

    For further information on accommodation and exploring Scotland, go to www.visitscotland.com

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    02City, coast and countryside

    04Cultural delights in the Granite City

    06Discover Scotlands Castle Trail

    08Explore a dramatic coastline

    10Adventures in the great outdoors

    12Homecoming Scotland 2014

    14Whats on

    16Getting here and around

    18VisitScotland Information Centres

    19Quality Assurance

    20How to read the listings

    21Great days out Places to visit

    29Great days out Leisure activities

    34Great days out Shopping

    35Great days out Food & drink

    36Great days out Tours

    37Great days out Transport

    48Aberdeenshire area Map 1

    49Aberdeen city Map 2

    Contents

    CreditsPhotography:Paul Tomkins/VisitScotland/Scottish Viewpoint, Iain Sarjeant(inc. front cover), Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership/Lyn MacDonald,Walter Hislop/Newmachar Golf Club, Lorne Gill/SNH, Sam Brill/Aberdeen

    Convention Bureau, Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Aberdeen CityCouncil, Aberdeenshire Council, Balmoral Estate, Chris Robson, The ShipInn, Go Ape!, Castle Charter Marine Services.

    Design:APS Group Scotland | www.theapsgroup.com, Shaw Marketingand Design | www.shaw-online.com and THK Design | www.thkdesign.com

    This brochure is printed on recycled content paper. VisitScotland iscommitted to ensuring that our environment, upon which our tourismis so dependent, is safeguarded for future generations to enjoy.

    Cover:The majestic ruins of Huntly Castle inHuntly, Aberdeenshire.01Picturesque Crovie on the Banffshire coast.02A performance during Aberdeen International

    Youth Festival.03Drum Castle, near Peterculter.04Common and grey seals, Sands of Forvie.05The Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony, Stonehaven.06Stonehaven Golf Club, Stonehaven.07Provost Skenes House, Aberdeen.

    Make the most of your break in Aberdeen City and Shire and

    uncover a diverse region full of history, culture and inspiringnatural beauty.

    With all the delights of a modern city, Aberdeenboasts award-winning restaurants, fantasticshopping and a vibrant nightlife. Aberdeen offersa wealth of history and culture including fantasticgalleries, museums and historical buildings,as well as a superb beach a short walk fromthe city centre.

    Head out of the city to rural Aberdeenshire, hometo ancient castles, idyllic villages, wonderful wildlife

    and miles of clifftops, coves and beaches that makeup the rugged and spectacular coastline.

    Discover the epic Banffshire coast, beautifulRoyal Deeside and the stunning CairngormsNational Park, the largest National Park in theUK. Explore the unique history of 17 castlesalong Scotlands Castle Trail and get activewith a wide range of leisure activities such asgolf, hillwalking, sea kayaking and skiing.

    Get a taste of the region by sampling deliciouslocal produce, including Aberdeen Angus beef

    and a dram from one of Aberdeenshires manydistilleries.

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    Explore history alongScotlands Castle Trail 06

    Get active with someoutdoor adventures 10

    Find out whats onin the area 14

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    To find out more aboutAberdeen City and Shirego to www.visitscotland.com/aberdeencity-shire 01

    www.visitscotland.com/aberdeencity-shire

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    Explore the cosmopolitan city of Aberdeen with its bustling streets,

    award-winning restaurants and vibrant nightlife. Outwith the city, discover

    the picturesque villages spread along the coast or explore the majesty of

    Royal Deeside and the wild beauty of the Cairngorms National Park.

    Huntly This historic town, in the heart of Aberdeenshire,

    is home to beautiful Huntly Castle, lovely LeithHall, a picturesque town square and a viewinggallery, where visitors can watch tasty Deans ofHuntly shortbread being made in the factory.

    Visit nearby GlenDronach Distillery, which hasbeen producing rich sherried single malts inquality casks for almost 200 years. Enjoy bird of

    prey demonstrations at the North East FalconryCentre, or immerse yourself in the vibrant localDeveron Arts scene.

    Inverurie and Oldmeldrum Inverurie is a thriving market town set amid

    rolling countryside with a variety of independentshops and a popular monthly farmers market.The town is surrounded by some wonderfulPictish history with stone circles such as EasterAquhorthies and Loanhead of Daviot, and theMaiden Stone, a 3 m high Pictish symbol stone.

    Nearby Oldmeldrum is another historic town

    and it is home to one of Scotlands oldestdistilleries, Glen Garioch. Oldmeldrum is alsohome to a prehistoric hill fort, Sheldon StoneCircle, the impressive Tolquhon Castle andstately Haddo House.

    City, coast and

    countryside

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    Aberdeen city Aberdeen is one of Scotlands most striking

    cities. Its granite architecture and seaside settingare well worth exploring.

    There are historic cathedrals and collegebuildings, wonderful museums and artgalleries, beautiful parks and gardens, superbshopping opportunities, great restaurantsand a lively nightlife.

    Balmoral and Braemar Balmoral Castle, the Royal Familys summer

    residence in Scotland, and Crathie Kirk, nearBalmoral, are two must-see attractions.

    Uncover the fascinating history of Braemar,an attractive village in the heart of the

    Cairngorms National Park.

    With 24 Munros in the area (mountains over3,000 ft) there are plenty of opportunities forhillwalkers to burn off some energy.

    Ballater and Banchory Many shops in the delightful Victorian town

    of Ballater bear Royal Warrants as suppliersto Her Majesty the Queen.

    Banchory is a charming town, just west ofAberdeen. Crathes Castle is nearby, as isthe Royal Deeside Railway, a fascinatingheritage railway.

    Banffshire coast This region is dotted with quaint towns and

    cliff-hugging villages such as Gardenstown,Crovie and Pennan.

    Explore the coastline and spot incredible wildlifeincluding bottlenose dolphins and gannets.

    Fraserburgh Fraserburgh is home to award-winning sandy

    beaches that are some of the best places inScotland for surfing and kite sports.

    Explore the Deeside Way fromAberdeen through to Ballater

    Enjoy some of the UKs finestgolf at Cruden Bay Golf Club

    Did youknow?

    Braemar is the perfectplace to experience the

    sounds of the autumnalred deer stag rut.

    Aberdeen City and Shire

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    Peterhead and Cruden Bay Peterhead, the most eastern point on

    mainland Scotland, is a major fishing portand the bay is great for sailing, kayakingand wildlife watching.

    Cruden Bay, a picturesque coastal village withover 1.5 miles of sand and dunes, boasts oneof the finest golf courses in the country.

    Stonehaven and Fettercairn Uncover the popular coastal town of

    Stonehaven, which features a fantasticharbour and the nearby dramatic ruins ofDunnottar Castle.

    Inland is pretty Fettercairn with its mainsquare, market cross and the white-washedbuildings of Fettercairn Distillery. The RoyalArch erected in 1864 is one of the villagesmost distinctive features.

    Turriff and Fyvie Turriff is a bustling town with a historic

    market square, and is the home of the Turriff

    Agricultural Show, the largest annual eventin Aberdeenshire.

    The fairytale Fyvie Castle lies in the parish ofFyvie and the nearby St Peters Church containsthree carved Pictish stones and

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