Earth Day 2024 - seven places to enjoy the natural landscapes

As we celebrate Earth Day 2024 on 22 April, there's no better time to reflect on the beauty and significance of Aberdeenshire than by exploring its breathtaking landscapes. From rugged coastlines to majestic mountains, our region boasts some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders in the world. So, pack your bags, grab your hiking boots, and join us on a journey to seven places in Aberdeenshire that perfectly embody the spirit of Earth Day. 

1. Balmoral Estate: Nestled in the heart of Royal Deeside, Balmoral Estate is a wilderness of ancient forests, rolling hills, and crystal-clear lochs. Take a leisurely stroll through the grounds and breathe in the fresh country air at this iconic Scottish estate, the beloved holiday home to the Royal family. 

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2. Cairngorms National Park: As the largest national park in the UK, East Cairngorms is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Explore the heather-clad moors, towering mountains, and tranquil lochs, and keep an eye out for native wildlife such as red deer, golden eagles, and ptarmigan.

3. Dunnottar Castle: Perched on a dramatic cliff overlooking the North Sea, Dunnottar Castle is a must-visit for history buffs and nature enthusiasts. Wander through the castle ruins, soak in the stunning coastal views, and imagine the stories of centuries past that echo through its ancient stones.

4. Bennachie: Towering over the Aberdeenshire countryside, Bennachie offers spectacular views and a sense of adventure for all who visitConquer the trails that wind their way to the summit, where you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of rolling hills, ancient woodlands, and distant mountains. Whether you're an experienced hiker or just looking for a leisurely stroll, Bennachie is the perfect destination to reconnect with nature and experience the true beauty of Aberdeenshire.

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5. Crathes Castle and Gardens: Step back in time as you wander through the enchanting gardens of Crathes Castle, where towering trees, vibrant flowers, and meandering pathways create a magical atmosphere.

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6. Glen Tanar: Tucked away in the heart of Royal Deeside, Glen Tanar is brimming with ancient woodlands, glistening rivers, and rugged moorlands.  Set out on one of the many scenic trails that wind their way through this breathtaking landscape while you immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature.

7. The Buchan Coastal Path: Explore the rugged beauty of Aberdeenshire's north coast by walking part of the trail. Wander along cliff-top paths, sandy beaches, and hidden coves as you soak in the views of the North Sea. Discover charming fishing villages and ancient ruins that dot the coastline. 

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When out and about enjoying the landscapes, don’t forget to always adhere to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Remember to explore responsibly by getting off the beaten track and away from busy spots, parking properly, closing gates behind you and tidying up when you depart. 

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