Aberdeenshire & Morayshire
This area stretches north and west from the ‘granite city’ of Aberdeen, up along the north sea coast, with its long stretches of sandy beach, to Fraserburgh, or ‘The Broch’ as it is locally known. You then turn the corner to find a string of charming fishing villages such as Pennan, Crovie, Cullen and Gardenstown and more superb beaches. Inland from Aberdeen there is a hugely scenic drive along the river Dee into the heart of Royal Deeside.
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Lots to See and Do
In the hinterland, the countryside immediately around Aberdeen is gently rolling, with numerous interesting castles and gardens to visit, while the further west you go the more mountainous it becomes, covering famous Cockbridge and Tomintoul, the highest village in Scotland, as well as the Lecht Ski area between them.
The countryside to the north and west of Aberdeen is attractive and peaceful with castles, stately homes and good walking, cycling and fishing.
Banffshire spans from the area around Tomintoul in the Cairngorms to Banff and Macduff, with some fabulous beaches.
With a reputation as one of the sunniest areas of Scotland, Moray stretches along the coast covering miles of fabulous sandy beach.
The journey along the Dee from Aberdeen takes you past the pretty town of Ballater to the tourist draw of Braemar.
Plenty to Explore
There are many whisky distilleries in Speyside and Aberdeen, a bustling city with good transport connections with the rest of the UK, has a charming old university and a distinct architecture, many of the buildings being built from granite. Aberdeen is a convenient base for exploring the wider region.
The countryside to the north and west of Aberdeen is often unfairly overlooked as a holiday destination. It is actually full of interest, with attractive and peaceful countryside, beautiful gardens, good walking, cycling, fishing, golfing and on its edge some magnificent beaches.
There are many historic, archaeological and other attractions, the most famous being Balmoral, the Royal Family's holiday residence on Deeside. The area thus offers the visitor a wide variety of activities from which to choose.