Embrace the charm of Aberdeenshire in spring

Spring has arrived, and with it comes a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours and revitalising energy. Here's why Aberdeenshire is the perfect destination to embrace the arrival of the new season.

Coastal gems

Aberdeenshire's coastline is a treasure trove of natural wonders, and spring is the ideal time to explore its rugged beauty. Venture beyond the iconic Dunnottar Castle to discover the hidden gem of Dunnottar Woods. Here, ancient woodland paths wind their way through a canopy of budding trees, creating a tranquil oasis where you can immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature awakening.

Dunnottar Woods holds not just natural wonders but also a rich historical legacy as it was once part of the estate of the Kennedy family. As you wander through the woods, you may catch glimpses of the past – remnants of old stone structures and hints of the Kennedy family's influence including the Shell House, aptly named as its interiors are lined with shell mosaic. It is a journey through time as much as it is through nature.

Make sure to end your visit with a trip to the beloved town of Stonehaven, and indulge in a hearty meal from The Bay Fish and Chips and sweet treats from Aunty Bettys.

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Stonehaven Harbour

Countryside escapes

Why not explore Aberdeenshire's tranquil countryside? Filled with rolling hills and breathtaking wildlife. Royal Deeside offers a sanctuary of lush greenery and blooming wildflowers as well as the flowing sounds of the River Dee making it the perfect backdrop for a springtime picnic.

For a more active adventure, lace up your walking boots and explore the ancient pine forests of Glen Tanar Estate. Follow winding trails and discover panoramic viewpoints, where you can breathe in the fresh spring air and marvel at the beauty of the Cairngorms National Park stretching out before you. With fantastic cafes and eateries nearby there is plenty to refuel after your explorations. Why not visit the welcoming Spider on a Bicycle café? From lunches to sweet treats, it’s got you covered – the best part being they are completely dog-friendly so no need to leave your pooch behind.

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The River Dee, Ballater

City delights

No visit to Aberdeenshire would be complete without experiencing the vibrant energy of the city. Aberdeen comes alive in spring, with its colourful festivals, charming cafes, and historic landmarks waiting to be discovered. Wander through the cobbled streets of Old Aberdeen and admire the medieval architecture of King's College, framed by blooming cherry blossoms. And as the sun begins to set, head to one of the city's lively pubs such as Siberia Bar & Hotel and cheers to the start of a new season!

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Old Aberdeen

Whether you’re packing your bags for a springtime getaway or taking inspiration for a fantastic day trip, a magical time awaits you in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire this spring.

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