Find your spring escape in Aberdeenshire

As the chill of winter fades away and the first hints of warmth grace the air, Aberdeenshire awakens with an array of vibrant experiences waiting to be explored. Nestled in the North-east of Scotland, Aberdeenshire beckons you with its rich history, stunning landscapes, world renowned cuisine, and warm hospitality. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventures, immersing yourself in history and heritage, or indulging in culinary delights, Aberdeenshire offers an unforgettable springtime escape.

Join us, as we uncover some of the wonders of Aberdeenshire.

Embrace the glorious great outdoors

Spring in Aberdeenshire is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a myriad of activities against the backdrop of breathtaking scenery. Lace up your hiking boots and navigate the rugged terrain of the Cairngorms National Park, where ancient woodlands, cascading waterfalls, and towering peaks await. Discover the serenity of salmon fishing in the pristine waters of the River Dee, embark on exhilarating wildlife encounters visiting the regions array of nature reserves, including Longhaven Cliffs or set sail on the sparkling waters of the North Sea for a memorable coastal trip, with fantastic experiences including sunrise paddleboarding and intimate boat tours.

Delve into Aberdeenshire's rich tapestry of history and heritage

Explore the impressive ruins of Tolquhon Castle, described as one of the most beautiful in Scotland or wander through the atmospheric corridors of Castle Fraser, a baronial masterpiece near Inverurie, steeped in centuries of history. Step back in time at the fascinating museums and heritage centres scattered throughout the region, including the award-winning Aberdeenshire Farming Museum in Aden Country Park (reopening for the season end of March 24), offering insights into Aberdeenshire's farming past and how it developed. From ancient stone circles like the Easter Aquhorthies to historic whisky distilleries like Glen Garioch Distillery, every corner of Aberdeenshire is infused with heritage waiting to be discovered.

 90109 tolquhon castle

Image credit: Tolquhon Castle - VisitScotland/Damian Shields

Savour culinary delights

Indulge your taste buds in Aberdeenshire's culinary scene, where world-renowned Scottish fare takes centre stage. Sample the rich flavours of Aberdeenshire beef at mouth-watering eateries like The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa's Conservatory Restaurant or savour freshly caught seafood at charming coastal restaurants like The Creel Inn. Why not wash down the incredible food with a dram of Aberdeenshire's finest whisky, with an array of intimate venues that specialise in Scotland’s water of life. This includes the renowned Bertie’s Whisky Bar at The Fife Arms and the ambient surroundings of The Tippling House.

Rest in tranquillity

After a day of exploration and adventure, unwind in Aberdeenshire's charming accommodation, where warm hospitality and modern comforts await. Coorie in with loved ones at the cosy Balmoral Arms, nestled in the picturesque town of Ballater, treat yourself to the stunning surroundings of Maryculter House, steeped in history or why not opt for an off-grid break perfect for reconnecting with nature and soothing the soul? With an array of options including Down on the Farm with panoramic views of rolling hills and Tahuna Bothies with stunning vistas of the North Sea.

Whether you prefer rustic charm or refined elegance there is a range of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget. To ensure a restful stay amidst the beauty of the North-east check out VisitAberdeenshire’s website for more inspiration.

 View from Peterculter Golf Course 1

Image credit: Maryculter House

Plan your spring escape

Aberdeenshire invites you to experience the magic of spring in Scotland. Start planning your escape to Aberdeenshire today and prepare to create memories that will last a lifetime. Needing more help and inspiration? Be sure to check out the VisitAberdeenshire’s website. Click here to plan your trip.

 AB spring comp design

We're giving one lucky winner the chance to win a break for two people in Aberdeenshire! 

The prize up for grabs includes:

Three nights bed and breakfast for two at Darroch Learg Hotel & Restaurant, £100 Aberdeen Performing Arts voucher - can be used across any of their venues and a whisky and cheese tasting tour hosted by Bothies & Bannocks.

Click here to enter!


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