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.

Woodside Bothy ref: 29274

New Deer, near Turriff, Aberdeenshire

£384-£389

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Woodside Bothy
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This converted cottage, complete with an open fire, is in a rural setting and offers lovely views across the pastures.
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The Old Merchant House ref: 29468

Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

£689-£997

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3 star rating
This holiday home offers wonderful accommodation filled with traditional features and boasts a truly wonderful location in ’Castle Country’.
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Cotton Shore ref: UK5827

Inverallochy, near Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire

£334-£713

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This coastal property is great for exploring beaches and castles, or why not spend the day shopping in Aberdeen?
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Cumrie Farm and Woodlands ref: UK5162

Huntly, Aberdeenshire

£301-£772

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For the perfect rural retreat, this lovely cottage surrounded by woodland and with a cosy wood burner, is hard to beat.
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Cranna-by-the-Sea ref: 27499

Gardenstown, near Banff, Aberdeenshire

£304-£807

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With a sea front location, this is the perfect property for that coastal family holiday.
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The Beachcomber ref: UK5519

Cairnbulg, near Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire

£298-£790

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4 star rating
Just 4 miles from the Aberdeenshire town of Fraserburgh in a seafront location making for a tranquil getaway at any time of year.
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Seatown ref: 27122

Gardenstown, near Banff, Aberdeenshire

£250-£607

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3 star rating
Complete with sea views, this is an ideal property for a family holiday with attractions for all ages.
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Craigievar Castle - North Mains ref: 30463

Alford, Aberdeenshire

£520-£23038

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3 star rating
Surrounded by 90-acres of landscaped grounds, this semi-detached holiday property is ideally located for spotting flora and fauna.
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Woodland Retreat ref: CC512072

Inverkeithny near Huntly, Aberdeenshire

£544-£23038

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Wake up to the sound of birds singing and the river running by from this lovely Finnish log cabin.
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Stable Cottage ref: 28579

Fordyce, near Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

£325-£857

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4 star rating
This coastal property is in a great location for exploring Aberdeen and Inverness.
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Mar Lodge Estate - Claybokie ref: 30188

Braemar, Aberdeenshire

£1874-£3243

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4 star rating
The perfect base for a large family get-together, this lodge is in an ideal setting rich in wildlife.
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    10
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    5
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Horsechestnut Cottage ref: 14027

Braemar, Aberdeenshire

£402-£1149

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In the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, close to Balmoral, this is an ideal property for that relaxing Scottish holiday.
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Birchland - Park Lodge ref: 17329

Strachan, near Banchory, Aberdeenshire

£324-£770

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A detached holiday lodge in an elevated position with marvellous views towards Cairn O’Mount, situated in 8 acres of natural woodland.
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The Steadings at Mains of Tolquhon - The Coach House ref: W42796

The Steadings at Mains of Tolquhon - The Coach House, Aberdeenshire

£341-£616

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Preston Tower ref: 30104

Fyvie, Aberdeenshire

£1930-£3285

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3 star rating
This apartment is located in Fyvie Castle’s towers, which is steeped in history and stands among hectares of landscaped parkland.
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