Things to do in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City are a scenic wonderland. The majestic Grampian Mountains are highly visible in the west, with miles of unparalleled coastline towards the east. There is much to see and do on your visit to Aberdeenshire, here are just a few. This part of the world is especially beautiful to nature, history and castle enthusiasts and makes for great highland holidays.

DUNNOTTAR CASTLE

This spectacular cliff top fortress is truly a sight to behold, and a visit is a one of a kind experience you won’t find anywhere else. Dunnottar Castle has been around since the 14th century and visitors can get a first hand look at the barracks, lodgings, stables and storehouses that were once in use during the times of such famous inhabitants as William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, the Marquis of Montrose and the future King Charles II. The castle was once home to the Earls Marischal, one of the most powerful families around. The last Earl was convicted of treason in 1715 and Dunnottar and all his estates were seized by the government. The buildings were subsequently neglected until around 1925 when the 1st Vicountess Cowdray systematically began repairs, and has been open to the public since that time.

ABERDEEN ART GALLERY

The Aberdeen art gallery houses one of the finest art collections in Britain and has paintings, sculptures and graphics dating back to the 15th century. It is by far one of the city’s most popular attractions and has many permanent as well as rotating collections. There are paintings by French Impressionists and Post Impressionists Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Bonnard, Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas, as well as many others.

CRUDEN BAY GOLF CLUB

This golf club opened its doors in 1899 as a part of the recreational repertoire of the Cruden Bay Hotel, which opened that same year. Golfers have come from all over the world to play on this course, which was redesigned in 1926. The club is open to non members 7 days a week though there may be some restrictions on members competition days. The course lies parallel to the Bay of Cruden and as such offers spectacular views that will try their best to distract you from your game.

BALMORAL CASTLE

Known as a residence of the British Royal Family since 1853, this castle is still a favorite summer home for the Queen and her family. Most of the castle is closed to the public, but you can still visit the ballroom, which is full of artwork, sculpture, porcelains and tartans. The carriage hall and gardens are open as well. Many like to stay near this enchanting castle in one of the many holiday cottages in Scotland.

ARCHAEOLINK PREHISTORY PARK

This park in the foothills of Aberdeenshire  is a ”living history park” which encompasses a 10,000 year span of European history. There are indoor and outdoor exhibits to keep you busy and reenactments to give you a true sense of history and of how people lived in the past. It sits at the base of the Bennachie Mountains which serves to highlight the unique and diverse landscape of the area.

Aberdeenshire Scotland is a treasure trove of sights, with stunning scenery and a friendly atmosphere that will capture the hearts of all who visit here.

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