Aberdeenshire

Pretty villages, coastal trails and fantastic cycle routes...

Aberdeen is a city of many names but it is often referred to its most popular one - The Granite City

The striking gothic Marischal College, the world's second largest granite structure, is one of many fine examples of Aberdeen's most famous export. Visitors to Aberdeen should make sure they visit the three main free attractions in the city Provost Skene's House, Aberdeen Art Gallery and the Aberdeen Maritime Museum. Shop on the famous Granite mile where there are over 800 shops showing off everything from traditional Scottish Crafts to upmarket designer stores. Get out and explore some of the many gardens and parklands including Hazlehead Park and Winter Gardens in Duthie Park - Europe's largest gardens under glass. Just next door is the amazing sight of 100,000 rose bushes on the Parks rose mound. You also won't be short of places to eat out with food from all corners of the globe - Mexican, Italian, Greek, Indian, Thai, French, Hungarian and of course native Scotland!

Sport enthusiasts can take part in their favourites sport. Relax in the great outdoors where you'll find an irresistible mixture of golfing, fishing, wind-surfing, tennis, horse-riding and walking. But if you rather just sitting back and being entertained Aberdeen has a wide range of entertainment and events including galas, ceilidhs, world renowned festivals and Highland Games.

Nowhere will you find natural terrain more suited to golfing than in Aberdeen City and Shire. There is a choice of over 50 wonderful course set in beautiful parkland and lush greens. Try out some of the best, Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay, Hazlehead or Royal Deeside. Whatever your notion of perfect golf, you will have a truly special time golfing in this region.

If you prefer to get away from the hustle and bustle of this lively city then there are some great little towns and villages to explore nearby as well as the large expanses of rugged coastlines, a selection of tranquil lochs, and inspiring glens.

Some of Europe's finest and most unspoilt coastline awaits you on the North East Coastal Trail which starts at St Cyrus in the south and finishes at Forres to the north. Craggy cliff tops with secret cove, glistening beaches, tiny picturesque towns and secluded bays all await you along the Coastal Trail. The path covers over 80 miles of magnificent coastline with many attractions along the way such as Dunnottar Castle, Tolbooth Museum, Balmedie Country Park and Ugie Salmon Fisherings. The path also crosses many nature reserves such as Donmouth, St Cyrus and Findhorn. Being right by the sea front you can be guaranteed premium quality fresh seafood served at a top range of restaurants as well as small harbour pubs full of character.

Sitting between the dramatic east coastline and the towering peak ridges of the Cairngorms National Park are the hills and glens of Aberdeenshire. This area has a range of habitats that is matched only by the variety of wildlife that lives in them. Whether you're a keen nature enthusiast or just want to spot wildlife when on one of the many superb walks and cycle routes through Aberdeenshire this is a region that is alive with nature! Sit at the picnic area in the Huntly Peregrine Wild Watch Centre and look out for the area's residents including voles, great spotted woodpeckers, butterflies and roe deer.

Daylesford ref: SEEV

Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

£354-£931

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Complete with an open fire, this period property is located in a coastal village with amenities close by.
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Mohr View ref: UK5240

Gardenstown, near Banff, Aberdeenshire

£503-£894

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Boasting beautiful sea views, this property is the perfect location for guests looking to relax and unwind, or equally explore the extent of this magnificent location.
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North Cowfords ref: CC512087

near New Aberdour, Aberdeenshire

£388-£969

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Escape to this rural cottage close to the Aberdeenshire coastline. Wander along the golden sandy beaches or take a boat trip from Macduff.
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Croiscrag Cottage ref: W41610

Aboyne, Aberdeenshire

£295-£639

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This single-storey annexe is close to the River Dee, ideal for a spot of salmon fishing.
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Stable Cottage ref: 28579

Fordyce, near Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

£325-£861

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This coastal property is in a great location for exploring Aberdeen and Inverness.
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Crovie Cottage ref: CC512064

Crovie, Gardenstown, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

£292-£759

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Perched on a narrow ledge in the unique preservation village of Crovie at the base of the Gamrie Bay cliffs
 
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Snipie’s Bothy ref: 30924

Insch, Aberdeenshire

£428-£649

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Enjoy a rural location at this charming holiday cottage, with direct access to country walks and surrounded by woodland.
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The Old School House ref: 13313

Braemar, Aberdeenshire

£461-£836

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This detached cottage is located in the Cairngorms National Park and is perfect for exploring this stunning area.
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Seaview Cottage ref: CC512053

Sandhaven, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeenshire

£414-£739

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Refurbished fisherman’s cottage with sea views in Sandhaven only 1.5 miles from the vibrant seaside town of Fraserburgh.
 
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Birchland - Mountshade ref: 30297

Strachan, near Banchory, Aberdeenshire

£397-£815

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This ground floor lodge with a cathedral ceiling enjoys views towards Cairn O’Mount. Banchory is just 5 miles away.
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The Hobbit ref: CC512078

Cairnbulg near Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire

£351-£724

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This period, detached property is a fantastic choice for those wishing to explore the beautiful coastline around Fraserburgh. The beach is just 200 yards away!
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Deveron Lodge ref: CC512074

Inverkeithny near Huntly, Aberdeenshire

£488-£23038

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A detached lodge with large grounds set by the River Deveron, on the edge of the Grampian Hills.
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Tornahatnach ref: UK5177

Glenkindie, near Alford, Aberdeenshire

£361-£871

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Blissfully set on the Glenkindie Estate, Tornahatnach is a homely, 19th-century holiday cottage that makes for an ideal family getaway at any time of year.
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Serendipity ref: UK5461

Strachan, near Banchory, Aberdeenshire

£369-£1095

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After a busy day exploring the area on foot or by bike, relax in your very own hot tub and enjoy the views.
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Swallow Cottage ref: CC512073

Inverkeithny near Huntly, Aberdeenshire

£628-£23038

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This converted barn on the edge of the Grampian Hills enjoys superb views over the River Deveron.
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