An idyllic winter in Aberdeenshire
13 December 2023
Winter in Aberdeenshire creates a canvas of ethereal beauty, where the rugged landscape transforms into a breathtaking frosted wonderland. As a region known for its rich history, natural splendour, and renowned food and drink offering, the colder months are the perfect time to explore.
So, wrap up warm, let’s go on a journey through some of the best idyllic winter experiences that Aberdeenshire has to offer.
Cairngorms National Park
Beyond its picturesque scenery, the Cairngorms National Park transforms into a playground for winter enthusiasts. Outdoor activities, such as skiing and snowboarding, entice adventure seekers and can equally be enjoyed by families with children to entertain. Check out Glenshee and The Lecht ski centres to hit the slopes. Fancy a hike instead? Why not try your hand at snowshoeing, a challenging yet thrilling activity which can be enjoyed across the region with a firm favourite trail, Ben Macdui being well worth the winter visit. Or, if you're after something more gentle, a visit to Loch Muick or Loch Callater, will leave you feeling invigorated. Please be responsible when participating in winter sports, do not attempt on your own unless confident in your abilities.
Another fantastic activity, recommended in the beloved Cairngorms National Park is guided wildlife tours. Offering visitors glimpses of majestic creatures from red deer and mountain hares to wild cats amidst the stunning snow-covered terrain. Glen Tanar Estate offers tours across its pine forest and is open most evenings depending on animal activity. Click here to learn more about this awe-inspiring experience.
Image credit: calums_pictures - Loch Callater
Experience the finest whiskies
Warm up from the winter chill with a visit to one of Aberdeenshire's renowned distilleries. From the royally acclaimed Royal Lochnagar Distillery to one of Scotland’s oldest working distilleries, GlenDronach Distillery. Experience the art of whisky-making through guided tours and tastings, learning about the intricate process that creates Scotland's famed drink. The cosy ambiance of the distillery, coupled with the smooth warmth of a fine dram, makes for a delightful winter experience.
Local culinary experiences
Embrace the flavours of Aberdeenshire during the winter months by indulging in hearty, traditional dishes at the array of fantastic eateries. From the freshest seafood straight from the North Sea at The Tolbooth Restaurant, Stonehaven to a unique take on Scottish classics celebrating our diverse larder at The Esslemont, Aberdeen, you are in for a heavenly experience. Make sure to explore the array of local farmers' markets featuring seasonal produce, artisanal cheeses, and freshly baked goods, happening across the region all year round, click here to learn more.
Discover unforgettable stays
When it comes to accommodation in Aberdeenshire, there’s a wonderful choice of amazing stays. From cosy retreats like Cairngorm Bothies, to tranquil country hotels such as Thainstone House, Inverurie, an unforgettable experience is guaranteed. Check out the accommodation page for more beautiful inspiration to rest your head.
Image credit: Cairngorm Bothies
Whether seeking adventures or tranquil moments Aberdeenshire's winter offerings cater to a multitude of interests, promising unforgettable experiences for all who visit during this magical season.
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