Your winter break in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

Topping the list of Good Housekeeping's 'Best Holiday Destinations in 2023', the North-east of Scotland is a truly special part of the world that makes for an unforgettable visit no matter the season.

However, as the region becomes covered in a blanket of crunchy snow and the city glistens with the bright lights of the festive period, it's now the perfect time to start planning your winter adventures in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Join the festivities

We're not sure how it's already less than two weeks until Christmas, but it is! This means the festivities have well and truly rolled out across the region from the always enjoyable Aberdeen Christmas Village, to family events like Christmas at the Castle.

Click here to discover the festive line-up of events.

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Cosy up in warm and welcoming accommodation

From hotels with roaring fires, to self-catering properties that are perfect for bringing the family together, there's no shortage of accommodation options to suit your budget, taste, or group size.

We're confident you'll find the perfect stay whether you're looking for a city break or to relax in the rolling hills of the Aberdeenshire countryside - take a look here.

The season for indulging

Season's eatings - it's time to eat, drink, and be merry! Fine dining experiences, traditional pubs serving hearty meals, an array of delicious vegan and vegetarian options, and so much more - your tastebuds will be satisfied when you dine in the North-east during the winter months.

Click here to start exploring the North-east's food and drink offering.

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Fairy-tale castles

If there are ways to make the 260+ castles found in Aberdeenshire that bit more picturesque, it's the shine of frost across ancient stone walls, and the crunching of snow under your feet as you explore these fascinating landmarks one step at a time.

From evocative ruined fortresses by the sea, to charming and fairytale castles in Royal Deeside, you'll fall in love with these historic sites if you visit this winter.