With its sweeping beaches and coastal cliffs fronting the North Sea, the county of Aberdeenshire on the east coast of Scotland has rolling hills and towering mountains as its backbone to the west. Open and spacious, this is the ideal place to unwind and relax.

There is so much to do here – 33 castles to seek out and admire, five whisky distilleries to enjoy, over 50 golf courses to take your pick of and five ski resorts to test your ski and snowboarding skills.

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THINGS TO DO IN ABERDEENSHIRE Some great things to do 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

Stonehaven

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

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