The North-east of Scotland is steeped in local culture. With a proud and enthralling history and heritage dating back centuries, the region is home to countless stories and tales of days gone by recounted – to this day – by the friendly and welcoming people who call Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire home.
We recently met with some of the captivating individuals of the North-east - each had their own story to tell about their time in the region, the place they call home.
Story telling is what Karen does best. Her passion for arts, culture and heritage brings life to her stories from past to present, captivating her audience.
Andy Shanks is singer songwriter and performer living on the ‘Smuggler’s Coast’ near Johnshaven. He is a well known Scottish Folk musician and his songs have been recorded by himself and many other artists. His most recent songs are about Johnshaven, written working with the local people, the school, musicians and the Heritage Hub. A storyteller too, he presents a lively set of tales from the village in an augmented reality walk where he will guide you through the village one story at a time on your phone.
Mike’s enthusiasm for the natural world will entice you to the magnificent great outdoors. His love for the fresh air and experiencing breath-taking views across all seasons shines through.
As the first of a fifth generation at the family farm, Angus reflects on the importance of the natural environment to produce Mackies’ of Scotland’s world famous ice cream, and how he treasures the peace of the Aberdeenshire countryside.
Alan has a passion for creating new dishes, helped in part by the exceptional local produce on offer throughout the seasons. From the freshest meat and fish thanks to selected local suppliers, to the finest of local produce, he plates up delights from the local area.
Dan Brown and Rachael Iveson-Brown
Dan and Rachael are a husband and wife team, avid naturalists, professional ecologists and natural leaders who simply love giving people amazing wildlife experiences.
Carole is the owner of a small family-run farm on the North-east coast of Aberdeenshire. Her endless love for stunning beaches, bracing cliff tops walks, ancient castles and incredible sunsets is why she encourages visitors to this stunning area.
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