More About Aberdeenshire

With its remarkable natural landscape, Aberdeenshire is incredibly diverse with rugged coastline and dramatic mountain peaks to explore. The Cairngorms National Park is the largest National Park in Britain and covers parts of Aberdeenshire, providing an enchanting skyline of rugged peaks. There are a range of tourist trails throughout the county that explore the landscape, heritage and culture of the region. The regal Balmoral Castle sits in the county, a favourite of the royals to this day, and is just one of the many highlights. Elsewhere in the historic city of Aberdeen impressive granite structures such as the ancient Marischal College and the citadel at The Castlegate contrast against the city’s long sandy coastline, making for a diverse experience. With Cottages Direct, you can book your Aberdeenshire holiday cottage directly with the owner often for great value for money.

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Situated in the far northeast reaches of Scotland, Aberdeenshire is home to part of the country’s largest national park, a dramatic coastline that juts out into the North Sea, and the country’s third largest city. The mixture of untamed wilderness, rural charm and urban cool offer visitors a wide range of attractions and activities to see and do. One day you could be skiing on the snowy peaks of the Cairngorms mountain range or watching dolphins in the icy waters off the coast. Another day you could be perusing a trendy art gallery in the heart of Aberdeen or admiring a grand stately home nestled in the countryside.

Things to Do in Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire’s mountains provide an ideal backdrop for a wide range of outdoor activities and sports, and there are few places in the winter that are better than the Cairngorms for skiing. The range is home to three of Scotland's five ski resorts, as well as skiing the mountains are also popular for hill-walking, birdwatching, climbing, deer stalking, gliding and fly fishing. The Coastal Trail is one of a number of footpaths in Aberdeenshire that will guide you through the best scenery the county has to offer. Perched on the coast between the mouths of the rivers Dee and Don is Aberdeen, Scotland’s bustling, cosmopolitan capital of the north. The city is rich with culture and heritage and you’ll find no end of things to see and do well into the early hours of the morning. The West Tower of the new Town House, the Union Terrace Gardens and the city beach are all worth seeing during the day, as are places like Aberdeen Art Gallery and Aberdeen Maritime Museum.

Aberdeenshire Attractions

We want you to enjoy the best that Aberdeenshire has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;

Aberdeen’s city beach

There are few cities that can boast of having a sandy beach in the heart of the city, and when you visit one that does you should definitely take some time to check it out ... weather permitting. The beach forms part of the Queens Links, a popular amusement area that includes restaurants, a cinema and amusement park.


Scotland's top ski centre, Glenshee, offers a wide range of runs and equipment ready to hire. The centre is one of three located in the Cairngorms mountain range. Scotland’s resorts can open from December through to April and provide some great skiing for all levels of experience and ages.

Castle Trail

Aberdeenshire is home to hundreds of castles or castle ruins of all shapes and sizes. The Castle Trail is the perfect way to get out and see this incredible wealth of history and get a bit of exercise at the same time. The trail will lead you through the heart of the county and take you past 16 unique castles, including the magnificent Balvenie Castle, Braemar Castle and Craigievar Castle.

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