Beyond words, but not beyond reach
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famous, fairy-tale, ruin or royal, Aberdeenshire has been home to 263 castles
whisky distillers have been lovingly producing our whisky for centuries
home to two of the world’s oldest golf courses and the highest in the UK
dive into the Scottish mountains with a choice of five snow sport centres
restaurants: full-flavoured, hearty and quality assured food
light, music, dance and culture are celebrated in many ways
Old Aberdeen and Footdee, two ancient settlements in the heart of the city
home to “one of the world’s outstanding coastlines” – National Geographic
All seemed to breathe freedom and peace …” - Queen Victoria
The Cairngorms: “one of the last great places on earth” - National Geographic
It’s a city that looks and feels quite different. The classic granite buildings help make this “one of the most architecturally distinctive cities in Europe” - The Scotsman
The Banffshire coast is “one of the world’s outstanding coastlines” - National Geographic. Not just for its natural beauty with plentiful wildlife, but for its strong community feeling.
If successive Royals get to be themselves here – imagine how you will feel. It feels like a deep dive into the glens and ancient forests where Aberdeenshire meets the Cairngorms National Park.
Whisky has long been the Scottish ‘water of life’ and our whisky distilleries are busy bottling the essence of this beautiful place.
Aberdeenshire’s most famous castle is Balmoral – the summer residence of the Royal Family since the 19th century, described by Queen Victoria as “my dear paradise in the Highlands”.
The panoramic views and elemental power of our courses can take a golfer’s breath away. The UK’s highest golf course is at Braemar in the upper reaches of Royal Deeside.
It’s true to say that festivals and events here are especially rooted … in the people and their distinctive Doric culture.
Full-flavoured, hearty and comforting world-famous Aberdeen Angus beef, seafood and whisky. And, as the home of Brewdog, leading the way in the craft beer revolution.
Hiking, riding, mountain-biking, gliding, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, surfing, kiteboarding … the list goes on. And then there’s the chance to escape, roam free, and, well, just … br…ea…the.
Looking for something to do in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire? We’ve plenty to keep you entertained during your stay. Here are some upcoming highlights, but for full listings check out What’s On
The 2,437 square miles of Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire are waiting to be explored. Discover true Scotland in our city, towns and villages.