Aberdeenshire is rich in History and Heritage, with over 300 castles in the area it’s no surprise it’s known as Scotland’s Castle Country. Add to that whisky distilleries and over 50 golf courses, there is something for everyone. Situated around a three-hour drive from both Glasgow and Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh, Aberdeenshire is a must see when visiting Scotland. There are plenty of places to stay in Aberdeenshire so let us guide you through everything you would need to know when booking a holiday in Aberdeenshire.

Where in Aberdeenshire should we stay?

There are plenty of choices when it comes to places to stay in Aberdeenshire, if you like the hustle and bustle of a city then you can base yourself in Aberdeen itself.  There are plenty of Hotels and BnBs available for you to choose from. Other areas we would recommend are Ballater, Banchory or Braemar in Royal Deeside, Stonehaven, Cairngorms if you like to ski particularly, Huntly, Inverurie, Elgin.

Should I book my trip to Aberdeenshire early?

Yes, we would recommend you book your Aberdeenshire Holiday as early as possible to avoid any disappointment in not getting the accommodation you prefer, especially in the summer months. What type of accommodation should I choose for my Aberdeenshire trip?

Camping & Campsites in Aberdeenshire

There are campsites throughout Aberdeenshire but you would be advised to book ahead as some of them fill up quickly in high season and most are closed over the winter.

When is the best time to visit Aberdeenshire?

Aberdeenshire is great all year round if you don’t mind the weather. The warmer months of late May to August are the warmest and most popular however.  Scottish weather can be very unpredictable, for a guide please check our month to month weather guide of Scotland. If it’s Skiing you’re after then you should choose the coldest months of course and keep an eye on the snow forecasts. Another good time would be Hogmanay if you want to experience Stonehaven’s famous Hogmanay celebrations.

What’s there to see in Aberdeenshire?

There are so many things to see and do when staying in Aberdeenshire, from castle hunting to spotting puffins we will detail some of the must-sees below.  Visit our Aberdeenshire Attractions page to find out more. Be sure to also check out our Scotland itinerary planner to help plan your trip. Or check out our Aberdeen Itinerary. 


THINGS TO DO IN ABERDEENSHIRE Explore some awesome things to do while in Aberdeenshire

Corgarff Castle

Strathdon AB36 8YP Scotland GB

Balmoral Castle

The Scottish home of the royal family, it has been a firm favourite with monarchs since 1852. Purchased by Prince Albert, husband to Queen Victoria, the castle remains a private property and is not owned by the Crown.
Ballater AB35 5TB Scotland GB


A pretty town south of Aberdeen, this harbour is postcard picture-perfect.
Stonehaven Scotland GB

Dunnottar Castle

Dramatic. Evocative. There is something mystical, almost unbelievable about the ruined cliff top fortress that is Dunnottar Castle. But there it is, perched on the edge of a cliff, open to the elements of the sea.
Dunottar Mains Cottages
Stonehaven AB39 2TL Scotland GB

Aberdeen Beach

All you need to make everything right in your world is to take in the salty sea air and a gentle stroll along a windswept, sandy beach.
Beach Boulevard
Aberdeen AB24 Scotland GB

Craigievar Castle

You will recognise this castle because it is the shape of castles that we see over and over again in fairy tales.
Alford AB33 8JF Scotland GB

Fyvie Castle

Castles always have a rich and turbulent history – Fyvie Castle won’t disappoint. 800 years of life and politics dominate within its walls, along with some impressive artworks by Hoppner, Raeburn and more. There is the ice house to be discovered in the garden, as well as the bird hide and the bowling alley.
Ellon AB53 8JS GB

Tolquhon Castle

There are some who say that Tolquhon Castle, open from April to September, is one of the finest, noble residences. Not surprising when you see the ornate carvings and detailing of the castle, once home to Sir William Forbes and his wife.
Ellon AB41 7LP Scotland GB

Donmouth Local Nature Reserve

Designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1992, this beach site is in the historic Old Aberdeen of the city.
Donmouth Road
Aberdeen AB23 8DR Scotland GB