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Visit Aberdeenshire for Holidays in Scotland

Approaching Aberdeen from the Air, view over Aberdeenshire

Aberdeen, Highland City and Ferry Port to Orkney and Shetland

Aberdeen is a vibrant city and port in northeast Scotland, and the most populous area in Aberdeenshire. The county is home to hundreds of castles (263), eight distilleries and over 50 golf courses, along with Ski centres. This along with outstanding local scenery, salmon and trout rivers and beautiful sandy beaches provide the visitor with plenty to do and see. The coastline is dotted with small towns and historic fishing villages, along with locations to watch for dolphins and porpoises.

Crathes Castle near Aberdeen

Crathes Castle is under 20 miles from Aberdeen and is open to the public, a National Trust for Scotland property with cafe, nature and woodland walks.

The city is called the Granite City due to many of the original buildings being constructed with granite, a local hard wearing stone used traditionally in building.

Aberdeen attracts people from all over for its folk festival, street art festival and many other events held throughout the year for locals and visitors. You can find the events online and plan your holiday to coincide with the festival / event you are interested in, just remember to book the event tickets in advance so you do not miss out. For a list of events, many free, visit the Council’s website

The city also has a number of important museums and art galleries including the Gordon Highlanders Museum, recording the history of the Gordon Highlanders from 1794 to 1994. Other museums include the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, on the relationship with Aberdeen to the sea, The Aberdeen Art Gallery and the newly opened Treasure Hub. Find out more on the city’s museums and venues on

Holiday accommodation in the area is similar to many other places with bed and breakfast, hotels, hostels, campsites and self-catering cottages in the nearby areas. Whatever you decide you will find Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire an ideal location to explore some of the finest scenery and wild areas in Scotland. From Aberdeen it is just over an hours scenic drive to the Cairngorms National Park and a half hour longer to Braemar and Braemar Castle.

From Aberdeen harbour you can take a ferry to Orkney and Shetlands, both are simply amazing places to visit, rich in wildlife, natural beauty and history.

Aberdeen City Breaks

Aberdeen City Breaks

Aberdeenshire Cottages & Holiday Lodges

Fasque Castle Cottages

Availability, Prices & Booking

Nestling in the grounds of Fasque Estate, these four stunning detached cottages sit in the glorious countryside of southern Aberdeenshire, on the border of the Scottish Highlands. Ideal for a short or long break at any time of the year, they have been meticulously designed with traditional comfort and an individual elegance in mind.

Fasque Castle Cottages

Laghlasser Cottage

Availability, Cost and Booking

A truly secluded pet friendly detached cottage is a haven of peace and tranquillity, set amidst outstanding scenery in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park. You do need to book far in advance for this desirable cottage.

Laghlasser Cottage

Highland Cottages

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Snipie’s Bothy is a cosy, compact holiday cottage that was originally a farmhouse. Sleeps 3, 2 bedrooms. Pets are welcome (3 dogs). This charming holiday cottage has direct access to country walks and is surrounded by woodland.

Snipie’s Bothy

Aberdeen Location Map

Aberdeen location map

Interactive map of Scotland

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Cottages near Edinburgh

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Mountain Bear Lodge

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Mountain Bear Lodge in Nethy Bridge, near Aviemore. Sleeps up to 14 persons, 6 bedrooms, 2 dogs welcome.

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