10 things you’ve got to do when you fly Loganair’s new Newcastle to Aberdeen route

Fly direct from Newcastle to Aberdeen up to three times a day with Loganair and discover another side of Scotland. You’ll find a place loved by the British Royal Family, 165 miles of stunning coastline, a vibrant city and plenty of local food and drink to fuel your trip. Here are just 10 things you’ve to do when you visit Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire: 

1. Holiday like a Royal

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The foundation stone for Balmoral Castle (@balmoral_castle) in #Aberdeenshire was laid by Queen Victoria, who celebrates 200 years since her birth today, on 28th September 1853 and can be found at the foot of the wall adjacent to the West face of the entrance porch. Before the foundation stone was placed in position #QueenVictoria signed a parchment recording the date. This parchment, together with an example of each of the current coins of the realm, was then placed in a bottle, inserted into a cavity below the site prepared for the stone. The Castle was completed in 1856 and the old building was then demolished. This building is commemorated by a stone which is located on the front lawn at a point opposite the tower and about 100 yards from the path. This stone marks the position of the front door to the demolished castle. When Queen Victoria died in 1901 Balmoral Estates passed, under the terms of her will, to King Edward VII, and from him to each of his successors. Balmoral Estates has been more than just a favourite home to successive generations of the #RoyalFamily. Although it remains largely the same as it was in Queen Victoria's reign, successive #Royal owners have followed the initiative of Prince Albert in making improvements to the estate. The #Queen, The #Duke of #Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales take a close personal interest in running and improving the Estates. #Balmoral Castle is free to visit for members of Historic Houses. #historichouses represents the UK’s largest collection of independently owned #historic #houses, #castle, #hall, #manor and #gardens. Join today to see more incredible houses across the UK than the National Trust and English Heritage combined. | Photo courtesy #balmoralcastle for the @historic_houses website. #landscape #countryside #history #heritage #garden #historichouse #travel #architecture #chateau #beauty #flower #landscaping #QueenVictoriaBirthday #QueenVictoria200

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Queen Victoria called Balmoral Castle, “my dear paradise in the Highlands” and as her official summer holiday home, it’s the place where the current Queen is said to be at her happiest. Royal Deeside, in Aberdeenshire, is full of age old Royal heritage.

 

2. Taste Aberdeenshire

Try Aberdeen Angus Beef at Michelin Guide restaurants, take a tour and taste our local craft at BrewDog Brewery HQ and sample Scotland’s water of life (whisky) on the Aberdeenshire Secret Malts trail – there’s every chance to taste Aberdeenshire.

 

3. Find wanderlust in the Cairngorms NP

Great estates (including regal Balmoral Estate), majestic mountains, serene lochs, remarkable wildlife and historic castles - explore the largest National Park in the UK in Aberdeenshire.

 

4. Explore a cobbled old town

Stroll through the picture-perfect streets of Aberdeen’s ancient settlement, Old Aberdeen. Find 15th century St Machar’s Cathedral, impressive 1495 Kings College, quaint Brig O’ Balgownie and beautiful Seaton Park.

 

5. Admire a sparkling city


Take in Aberdeen’s famous sparkling granite architecture (including the second largest granite building in the world), and discover the city’s historic tails at the Castlegate and The Green (check out the Nuart painted walls whilst you’re there).

 

6. Be part of a fairy-tale

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A pink castle said to have inspired Walt Disney himself; dramatic castle ruins inspiring Disney’s Brave and a filming location of Frankenstein; a famous red phone box in Pennan starring in Local Hero – these are just some of the region’s film famous locations!

 

7. Complete the Castle Trail

There are more castles in Aberdeenshire than anywhere else on the British isles. Dramatic ruins of Dunnottar Castle which once hid the Scottish crown jewels, regal Balmoral Castle - the summer holiday home of the Royal Family and even haunted castles!

 

8. Experience local culture


Enjoy events throughout the year including Highland Games (experience them all year round at the new Braemar Highland Games Centre), foodie festivals, live music and at New Year, the renowned Stonehaven Fireballs Ceremony.

 

9. Discover something new


Get to know this part of Scotland even better when you visit local museums and galleries including Peterhead Prison Museum – once Scotland’s most notorious prison – and the newly refurbished Aberdeen Art Gallery reopening this November.

 

10. Visit a coastal village


Visit quirky coastal towns & villages along Aberdeenshire’s 165 miles of coastline. And in Stonehaven try Lonely Planet’s best fish and chips in the world at The Bay Fish & Chips!

 

For more information about what to do in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire go to www.visitabdn.com/what-to-do. To book your flight direct from Newcastle International Airport to Aberdeen International Airport with Loganair click here.

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