Places To See In Aberdeenshire

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There are so many places to visit in Scotland. From the castles and museums to the beaches and mountains, Scotland has something for everyone. Above all, Scotland is a place for people who love the outdoors, and love spectacular scenery. With this in mind, we have put together a guide to the best places to see in Aberdeenshire, and across Scotland, so you can include them on your tour.




Castle in Scotland


  • Craigievar Castle in Alford in West Aberdeenshire looks like it is right out of a fairy tale, with its pink walls, long turrets, and deep set windows.
  • Drum Castle near Aberdeen was built in 1323 during the reign of Robert the Bruce, and includes a rose garden, a Victorian library, and a 16th century chapel.
  • Balmoral Castle in the Cairngorms is a private house of the royal family, and is open to the public when they are not in residence, allowing you to enjoy the incredible ballroom, gardens, and galleries.
  • In wider Scotland, Edinburgh Castle is one of Scotland's most iconic castles, built on the top of an extinct volcano and features immense walls.

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Ben Nevis, Scotland


  • Ben Macdui is the second highest mountain in the UK, and is probably much more difficult, as the walk to it is longer and often colder! Its wild beauty makes it one of the best places to see in Aberdeenshire.
  • Cairn Toul Is across the valley from Ben Macdui, and the area is the source of the River Dee, and offers panoramic views across the Grampians.
  • In wider Scotland Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the UK, and can be accessed from nearby Fort William, offering views over Loch Linnhe and the Glen Nevis range.

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Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland


  • Stonehaven War Memorial, near Dunnottar Castle offers beautiful views and is a poignant memorial to those who fought in the two World Wars.
  • The William Wallace Statue in Aberdeen is a magnificent sculpture of the Scottish national hero in a classical Roman style and towers above the Union Terrace Gardens.
  • Glenfinnan Viaduct featured in the Harry Potter films, and you can go on train and travel over the viaduct, and have afternoon tea on the train.

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A whisky distillation barrel

Whisky Distilleries

  • Royal Lochnagar Distillery, near Balmoral Castle is a great place to discover how Scotch is made, and have engaging and hospitable staff whose enthusiasm will help you learn all you ever wanted to know about whisky.
  • The Glen Moray Distillery, in Speyside gives you an insight into one of Scotland's best loved single malts, and is one of many to visit in the Speyside area.

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Loch Lomond, Scotland


  • Loch Ness holds more water by volume than all the other lakes in the UK put together, and is bordered by beautiful hills and mountains on either side. If you spot something swimming in there remember to take a clear photo!
  • Loch Lomond is easily accessible from Glasgow, and offers spectacular views, beautiful islets, and stunning walks all around the periphery.
  • Loch Morar is the deepest loch of all, and is also reputed to be home to a monster, named Morag. A walk nearby offers superb mountain views and unspoiled wild camping.

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A man walking through The Munro's, Scotland


  • The Loch Muick Circuit is on the Balmoral Estate and is surrounded by hills and overlooks the scenic loch and many historic buildings around the edge.
  • Glen Nevis offers wonderful views of Britain's tallest mountain, and is one of the most picturesque of all the glens in Scotland.
  • The Munros are any one of the 282 mountains in Scotland over 3000 feet, and some of them are a pleasant walk while others are highly challenging.

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NC500 Route, Scotland


  • NC 500 – The North Coast 500 is one of the iconic road trips, and covers the outline of the Highlands, from Inverness, up through the Black Isle and Ross, onto John o Groats and Caithness, and then down the rugged coastline of the west Highlands, with its spectacular lochs and inlets.
  • NE 250 – This driving route combines all the best parts of Aberdeenshire, including the Moray Firth and Speyside, before carving back through the epic Cairngorms National Park. The North East 250 is a great way to explore all the great places to see in Aberdeenshire.

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