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Fly to Aberdeen

Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city and is surrounded by 165 of “one of the world’s top-rated coastlines” (National Geographic) and majestic countryside loved by the British Royal Family. This is where your Scottish adventure begins…

Arrive in an architecturally distinctive city where sparkling granite buildings (including the largest grey granite building in the world) meet historic old towns. A city alive with vibrant festivals and events, there’s also the option to sample some of Scotland’s most famous produce. Spot urban dolphins playing in the city’s working harbour, and its mile-long golden beach can be found only 10 minutes from the city centre.

You won’t have to travel far to find even more impressive coast. Aberdeenshire is made up of vast sandy beaches, spectacular craggy cliffs and a string of picture-perfect quirky fishing villages. You might even be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights.

Head inland to discover the Cairngorms National Park’s rolling landscapes, immense mountain ranges and great lochs. It’s a place of long traditions too – from its traditional highland games and famous castles to royal heritage and the summer holiday home of the Queen.

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This is a part of the world loved by the British Royal Family – Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire have 30 Royal Warrants holders! Find the summer holiday home of the Queen, Balmoral Castle & Estate, nestled amongst the majestic mountain ranges of the Cairngorm’s National Park. And these royal connections can be explored by the visitor too – in ancient castles, immense lochs, along the famous railway lines, and even at iconic Highland Games.

Aberdeenshire has been home to 263 castles and many can still be found on Scotland’s only castle trail. Visit dramatic castle ruins like Dunnottar Castle, or fairy-tale castles including pink Craigievar Castle (said to have inspired Walt Disney to create his iconic pink Disney castle).

Venture a little deeper into the great outdoors as you take on the challenge of the mountains in the Cairngorms National Park – mountain biking, Munro bagging and skiing. Or admire the 165 miles of coastline in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire from a different perspective – surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding. You can even tee off from some of the world’s best and oldest courses including championship Royal Aberdeen Golf Club and Trump International Golf Links.

Along the same outstanding coastline find a string of beautifully preserved fishing villages, wide sandy beaches and great dunes. There’s the chance to find out more about Aberdeen’s famed connections with the North Sea at the 5* attraction, Aberdeen Maritime Museum, which overlooks the city’s working harbour. And only 10 minutes away find a mile-long golden beach and a quirky fishing quarter, Footdee (pronounced Fittie by locals). Make time to sightsee in the city too. Visit iconic buildings, a historic old towns, parks and gardens and museums and galleries.

As you travel through the region (top tip: follow the North East 250 route) there’s the opportunity to find out more about the film famous locations that have inspired some of the world’s greatest story tellers and film makers including Dracula at Slains Castle, The Crown at Cluny Castle, Mary Queen of Scots in Strathdon, as well as Brave and Frankenstein at Dunnottar Castle.

Keep fuelled during your trip as you sample some of Scotland’s world-famous produce. Aberdeen is well known for its fresh seafood landed every day in the harbours as well as the salmon and trout from well-stocked rivers. Of course, Aberdeen Angus Beef can be enjoyed in local restaurants too. And for the perfect dram straight from the source visit one of the regions eight whisky distilleries. You’ll also find the home of craft beer revolutionaries, BrewDog in Aberdeenshire too. Go on a ‘dogwalk’ tour at the brewery and check out the city centre flagship bar.

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Experience Scotland’s ancient traditions in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, including iconic Highland Games and even a ceilidh. Modern world-class events are held here too including street-art, foodie, music and comedy festivals. Check out the year-round what’s on guide at

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