Is #beautifulABDN the place to be right now?

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, found in North-east Scotland, are quickly becoming the must-visit tourist destinations. From mountains to sea, this is a place of wide horizons, great estates, vast sandy beaches, great dunes and a city too. Here are just 10 things to convince you that #beautifulABDN really is the place to visit in 2018:

1. Architecturally distinctive city

Aberdeen is a city that looks and feels quite different with a mile-long city beach, working harbour, urban dolphins and classic granite buildings.

2. “One of the world’s outstanding coastlines” - National Geographic

Preserved fishing villages, wide beaches, vast dunes, plentiful wildlife (dolphins, seals and puffins) make this part of Scotland naturally beautiful.

3. Loved by Royalty

“All seemed to breathe freedom and peace” - said Queen Victoria about the area she fell in love with which was to become known as Royal Deeside. The Scottish summer residency of the Royal Family, Balmoral Castle, is where the current Queen is said to be at her happiest.

4. Historic and majestic castles

Deep in an ancient pine forest, on a high snowbound mountain pass, and perched on cliffs. These are some of the spectacular settings for Aberdeenshire’s castles: there are more here per acre than anywhere else in the British Isles.

5. There are eight whisky distilleries

Head off the tourist track and you’ll find “The Secret Malts of Aberdeenshire”. Here visitors can get right up close to traditional skills in rural settings at distilleries like Royal Lochnagar, Fettercarin and Ardmore.

6. Home to two of the world’s oldest golf courses

Scotland is famous as the birthplace of golf but some courses are still waiting to be discovered. Did you know that we have 55 championship, links and parkland courses? Including two of the world’s oldest – Royal Aberdeen Golf Club and Fraserburgh Golf Club.

7. There’s the chance to roam free

If successive Royals get to be themselves when here- imagine how you will feel when you bag a Munro, ski or snowboard at our ski centres, cycle the Deeside Way or scale a legend.

8. Sample local produce

Fresh seafood - shellfish, salmon and trout - local Aberdeen Angus beef, locally produced whisky and the region is even home to BrewDog and its flagship bar. There’s every chance to sample this place during your stay.

9. Experience ancient traditions

Our events and festivals are deeply rooted here. So, to really understand why Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire are the places to be, attend one of our famous Highland Games.

10. Easy to get to

And the adventure doesn’t stop with just reading this blog… getting to ‘this place to be’ is easy. Catch a flight directly into our international airport, hop on a ferry and sail the North Sea, jump on a train from major UK cities or take the bus directly into the city centre.

If you agree that this is the ‘place to be’ in 2018 then start planning your trip now at and we look forward to welcoming you soon. 

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