Aberdeenshire Inspiration

We chat to Kelly Morrison, the author and creator of new book The Deeside Way- A Companion Guide about her passion and inspiration behind writing the guide. As well as discussing some recommendations for coffee stops and points of interest along the 41 mile route that capture the essence of the places traversed, delving into the history and heritage of each location.

North Aberdeenshire may be known for its cold and wind, but that doesn’t stop it from being beautiful!

From the Cairngorms National Park to the borders of the Highlands, Aberdeenshire has plenty to see, taste and explore. Whether you prefer to spend your time in five-star hotels, haunted castles or embracing nature – here are 50 things to do during your next visit to Scotland’s northeast coast.

Craigievar Castle in Aberdeenshire is one of the most instantly recognisable buildings in Scotland.

A guide to the best places to drink craft beer in Scotland. Find out which taprooms and craft beer bars you need to have on your travel list.

Where to eat in Stonehaven Written by Colin Fraser The stories of towns in decline are never far from our ears here in the North-east of Scotland but when it comes to Stonehaven, it’s quite the opposite. When you’re on…

Corgarff Castle might seem isolated and lonely in remote Strathdon, but this little tower guards a vital route between Aberdeenshire and Speyside. Instantly recognisable with its pure white, star shaped wall, the castle holds over 400 years of stories that are almost as wild as the landscape itself.

Where to go for ice cream in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Written by Colin FraserThe summer sun has made an early appearance seeing the masses take to their picnic blankets at beaches, river banks and parks across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. With…

A top picks guide to cafes and restaurants to see you through breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner in Inverurie.

There's been a burst of new food developments over the past few months. Get up to speed with the new restaurants, cafes and news in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Coffee lovers will be glad to hear that Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire has some incredible coffee houses under its belt. Here's your must visit spots for great coffee (and great cake) in North-east Scotland.

Whether you're craving a cheese toastie or a sandwich of skyscraping stature, here are some of the best places in Aberdeen to grab an epic lunch.

Meet Jeweller and Silversmith Megan Falconer Connecting you with the people of Scotland by sharing their stories Megan runs a jewellery and silversmithing business from her workshop at Deemouth Artist Studios in Torry, Aberdeen. Hi Megan, can you please introduce…

April is here and brings with it a month full of events and special events.

The days are stretching and that means one thing, exploring! Ballater is a prized spot to visit in Royal Deeside in the surroundings of countryside, royal heritage and plenty of food spots.

The Banffshire Coast is full of undiscovered gems. With beautiful sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, and even a castle built into the rocks.

The change in season has brought plenty of new food and drink spots to explore in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Find out what awaits your taste buds in my highlights of new arrivals.

Extending across ninety-one miles from St Cyrus to Logie Head, the Aberdeenshire coastline connects sandy bays with rugged cliffside. Considered an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that has preserved the beautiful historic harbours that flourished in centuries prior, it’s also home to many charming villages that are well worth a visit. Here are our favourites.

meet sustainable florist hollie berries Connecting you with the people of Scotland by sharing their stories Hollie is the owner of Hollie Berries Flower Studio and Cutting Garden, which is a sustainable floristry business run from her studio workshop in…

With National Pie Week in full swing, here's some of my top picks for grabbing a substantial pie in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

March is here and bringing with it is a jam-packed calendar of events. From the stage to the screen and crafts to food markets, here's what's happening across North-east Scotland this month.

Drum Castle looks a little odd compared to other Scottish castles. Over the last 700 years, this Aberdeenshire stronghold has developed, grown and adapted to include a medieval tower, Jacobean mansion and Victorian extension.

With National Bread Week well underway, here's some local bakers batching up quality bread in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Tucked away on the remote southwestern coast of Hoy, Orkney’s ‘high island’, is one of Scotland’s greatest hidden gems – Rackwick bay.

Gight Castle isn’t on the regular Aberdeenshire tourist trail. Hidden away down a long forest path and practically swallowed by nature

We're graced with plenty local pizza makers here in the North-east, all serving epic pizzas in with signature twists and secrets to stand out. Find out where to grab your perfect slice of pizza.

With Veganuary nearly at a close, I’ve muddled together a few suggestions of eateries that go the extra mile for the vegan and vegetarian lifestyle in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

2021 appeared to be the year of food and drink but 2022 is shaping up to be an equal rival with these new developments I have on my radar for this year.

From classy to casual and quirky to timeless, Aberdeen is lined with bars offering your perfect serve to be sipped in the city.

Aberdeen's ancient Merchant Quarter (otherwise known as The Green) is never far from making a lasting impression with its five glorious eateries pinned on its relatively small footprint.

From pantry fillers to last minute Christmas day table additions and treats ready to be scoffed as soon as they’re unwrapped, here’s a few ideas to give this year’s gift list a festive Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire twist.

Tempt me with anything of the sweet variety and I'm anybody's. Icing topped sponges, sticky cinnamon buns, elegant cupcakes and picture-perfect patisserie, there’s plenty to fill your boots with in the city and the shire.

New eateries, refreshed menus, revamped facilities - I’m all ears. So this week, I’m bringing you a taste of a handful of new developments over the past few months.

From dramatic coastlines to spectacular hill climbs, Aberdeenshire is filled with incredible walks suitable for children! We have put together a range of brilliant walks with options for children of different ages and abilities.

We’re spoiled by 165 miles of stunning shoreline here in North-east Scotland and taking it that step further, are the glorious places to dine along the way.

Settled along the Banffshire Coast, Aberdeenshire has getaways for every kind of traveller – whether you want an exciting city break or a chance to get back in touch with nature

In Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire we are truly spoiled with stunning locations. From grand castles to historic fishing villages, rugged countryside to chilling clifftops, it’s really no surprise that the North-east has acted as the backdrop to star-studded movies and inspired legendary storytellers.

These outdoor street food scenes offer new and growing businesses a launch pad into the market, giving space to make their mark and flourish in the city.

The sheer number of castles scattered across every part of the Scottish landscape is astounding

Whether it’s a punchy IPA, a lip-piercing sour or a stout as dark as night, pint glasses are spoiled by the local breweries that pin Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as a craft beer destination to be envied.

Capturing the hearts of royalty for centuries, the Royal Deeside is nestled between the grand city of Aberdeen and the rolling wilderness of the Highlands.

The Deeside Railway officially opened on the 7th of September 1853, having first been proposed eight years earlier.

From cosy coffee shops to heart-warming comfort food and hide-aways nestled in scenic views to mighty feasts, Banchory really does have it all.

Discover things to see and do in this Aberdeen City guide for Summer 2021 with Visit Scotland, as part of their campaign Hame Town Tourist.

Castles and ghosts go hand in hand. There can’t be many in Scotland that don’t feature some kind of spectral figure from the past. Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire is lucky enough to feature both a White and a Green Lady ghost.

Rooted is a botanical emporium specialising in indoor plants and botanic based items and beautiful things to enhance life, in Aberdeen City.

The vast array of unique and varied habitats spread throughout the Scottish mainland and its islands means a plethora of rare, beautiful and curious creatures can be found burrowed in undergrowth, perched on a mountainside, soaring the skies, prancing across open moorland and diving among the waves.

Pitched up in the north-east corner of Scotland, Aberdeenshire is anything but an isolated backwater.

Tower O'Ess is a luxury self catering highland retreat perfect for couples and nestled on the edge of the Glen.

Frieda is a self-taught fibre artist living and working in the North-East of Scotland.

There aren’t many places which can boast all of these – and more besides – but Scotland’s stunning Aberdeenshire offers them all in abundance.

This week we will be exploring Aberdeenshire's most haunted locations to get us in the Halloween spirit. Do you dare to visit?

Glen Dye is a private estate of around 30,000 acres of wilderness forest and moorland set in ‘bonnie’ Kincardineshire, 25 miles South-West of Aberdeen. INTRODUCTIONGlen Dye is a private estate of around 30,000 acres of wilderness forest and moorland set…