Explore Aberdeen City and Shire
The Granite City of Aberdeen boasts spectacular architecture and captivating museums, fascinating history, a wealth of art and culture and a lively social scene. Aberdeen's famous 'Granite Mile', Union Street, is the gateway to over 800 shops, restaurants and bars. North of the centre lies attractive Old Aberdeen, a village neighbourhood presided over by King's College and St Machar Cathedral.
The history of Aberdeen City and Shire is captivating, with its magnificent blend of crumbling castles, historic towns and villages and fascinating museums. Beautiful Royal Deeside also boasts connections to the Royal Family in the form of the Balmoral Estate, where the Royal Family have holidayed since the 19th century. Discover ancient fortresses and elegant stately homes, and pay a visit to some of the oldest whisky distilleries in the world. Delve into the region's past and follow Scotland's only dedicated Castle Trail which encompasses 17 of Aberdeenshire's finest castles. See everything from atmospheric cliff-top ruins to Jacobean tower houses and sumptuous Highland estates which have played host to a colourful cast of historic figures ranging from William Wallace to Queen Victoria.
By Anita Draycott