Castle Trail

The famed Castle Trail is right on your doorstep leading you to fairytail Castles like Cragievar, Fraser, Drum, Crathes and Fyvie and historic houses like Haddo and Lieth Hall. Aberdeenshire is home to Scotland’s only castle trail; a selection of 16 unique castles. Experience the romance and history of these restored family castles, ruins and stately homes, by simply following the trail. With its distinctive white on brown signs and a blue castle logo, which leads you through the heart of Aberdeenshire, it couldn't be a simpler day out.

Often referred to as Castle Country, the historic Northeast of Scotland is home to around a thousand castles or castle ruins, providing a wealth of history to explore; from gruesome tales of battles fought, to strolls through romantic family estates. Coming in all shapes and sizes, each castle holds a different story to tell. Let your mind wander back through the centuries to imagine just what might’ve taken place where you now stand, or get lost amongst the beautiful walled gardens where, if you’re lucky, you might come across a traditional tearoom for a spot of delicious home baking.

Royal Desside and Balmoral

Royal Deeside and the Queen's Scottish Residence at Balmoral, walk over Lochnager to Loch Muik to see the herds of Red Deer, and to the Lecht for fun in the snow during the winter months.

Malk Whiskey Trail

The only Malt Whisky Trail in the world takes you to the Cairngorm National Park with it's rugged mountain scenery, head towards Fochabers call in at Baxters Village, and on to the coast.

Beaches and Villages

Explore the rugged coast visit spectaclar cliff-top view and glistening beaches. Quaint fishing villages such as Gardenstown and Pennan as seen in the film Local Hero. Visit Slains Castle like the famous writer Bram Stoker.

Lighthouse Museum

Visit the famous lighthouse museum at Fraserburgh, call in at Cruden bay which boasts "the beach on your doorstep", then to Balmedie with it's rolling sand dunes and it's sparkling 23 miles of beach.


Kintore has a Public house, cafe's and takeaways and supermarket


Inverurie our maket town has a large selection of shop's two supermarkets and easy parking.


Aberdeen itself gives you theatres, restaurants, nightclubs, cinemas,fantastic shopping and museums and history like The Provest Skene House, Tollboth Maritime museum's. Visit the fantastic Winter Gardens at Duthie Park. Also the Famous Gordons Highlanders Museum.

Aberdeen beach has lot's for the children to do. Make your way to Story Book Glen for a fun day out, also Archaeolink to step back to the past, visit the amazing Stone Circles spotted all over Aberdeenshire

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