Your guide to the perfect Aberdeenshire escape
22 August 2023
What makes for the perfect escape? The formidable combination of rolling valleys, rugged coastlines, vibrant cultural festivals and events and world-class food and drink makes Aberdeenshire a prime destination for your next break.
Aberdeenshire was named as Good Housekeeping magazine’s top holiday pick for 2023, and it’s easy to see why.
Take a look at some suggestions for your next getaway.
City streets awash with colour
Aberdeen is famous for its sparkling granite architecture standing tall among the city streets. In recent years, world-class street artists have produced stunning works all around Aberdeen as part of the Nuart Festival. Take yourself on a self-guided tour to sample Aberdeen’s growing art scene.
Flourishing food and drink scene
From the freshest seafood caught from the Peterhead coast to the Michelin Guide restaurants that pepper the region, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire larder is unrivalled. Beer revolutionaries, gin distilleries and secret drams of Aberdeenshire are waiting to be discovered.
History, heritage and a whole lot more
Did you know that Aberdeenshire is home to 263 castles? The most famous of the bunch, Dunnottar Castle, sits proudly on the North Sea coast, inspiring literature, film and TV alike. Barbie would be a big fan of the currently under wraps Craigievar Castle and Balmoral Castle and Estate’s famous royal heritage remains today.
Step outside and breathe it all in
If Munro-bagging or mountain biking is more your thing, Aberdeenshire provides the perfect base for outdoor activities from paddleboarding to road cycling, or gentle strolls to high octane adventure experiences.