History & Heritage

Ancient sites and symbols, mysterious standing stones, towering granite walls and legendary castles mark Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as a heartland of Scottish history.

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History & Heritage

Ancient sites and symbols, mysterious standing stones, towering granite walls and legendary castles (we have been home to a staggering 263 castles!) mark Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as a heartland of Scottish history.

Aberdeen is a city with not one but two Old Towns. Old Aberdeen, with its cobbled streets, mature trees and 15th century fortified cathedral is where Aberdeen’s first University was founded in 1495. And Footdee – known locally as Fittie – is a quirky fishing quarter at the water’s edge, with squares of tiny cottages and brightly painted outhouses.

Known as a city of the sea and with the region’s proximity to the coast, our marine and maritime  heritage continues to play an important role today. Ships dock against city-centre streets, and fresh seafood is still sourced daily from our two rivers and neighbouring fishing harbours all the way along the 165 miles of surrounding coast.  

Not to mention that this majestic part of Scotland has long been loved by monarchs too. Regal castles, estates, railway lines, producers, restaurants and landmarks all tell the story of Royal Deeside’s regal past, present and future.

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