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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
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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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
16Getting here and around
18VisitScotland Information Centres
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
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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.
Explore history alongScotlands Castle Trail 06
Get active with someoutdoor adventures 10
Find out whats onin the area 14
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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
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
Braemar is the perfectplace to experience the
sounds of the autumnalred deer stag rut.
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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