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.

Stuffers Cottage ref: UUP

Braemar, Aberdeenshire

£367-£768

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Stuffers Cottage
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This peacefully located property is overlooking the River Dee with wildlife on the doorstep.
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Garden Cottage ref: CC512079

Finzean near Banchory, Aberdeenshire

£634-£914

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Situated in the private grounds of Finzean Estate with a wood burner in the lounge and a large garden. Enjoy the on site farm shop or take a wildlife safari!
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Birchland - Cairn View ref: 30456

Strachan, near Banchory, Aberdeenshire

£397-£867

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Enjoy plenty of outdoor activities from this property, including fishing, cycling and pony trekking.
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Mar Lodge Estate - Creag Bhalg ref: 30187

Braemar, Aberdeenshire

£1507-£2627

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An idyllic holiday setting in an exclusive Highland hideaway, Creag Bhalg makes the perfect retreat for any occasion.
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Mohr View ref: UK5240

Gardenstown, near Banff, Aberdeenshire

£460-£934

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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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Burnside Cottage ref: UK5584

Portsoy, near Banff, Aberdeenshire

£469-£1080

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Close to the harbour, this south-facing cottage has a wonderful, mature garden and is well placed to explore the Moray coastline.
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Langdale ref: CC512047

Ballater, Aberdeenshire

£484-£1039

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Detached house close to the centre of the Royal Deeside village of Ballater
 
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Purple Windows ref: UK5431

Pennan, near Banff, Aberdeenshire

£286-£690

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Just 50 yards from the beach and with sea views, your holiday in Aberdeenshire can be as busy or restful as you’d like.
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Sweet Hope ref: UK5802

St Cyrus, near Montrose, Aberdeenshire

£464-£1128

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Boasting views over the garden to the cliffs and sea, this detached family home is in a tranquil spot on the outskirts of St Cyrus.
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Craigendarroch House ref: UK5874

Ballater, Aberdeenshire

£1053-£3083

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Enjoy a holiday in your very own castle! Modelled on Balmoral Castle, this delightful house is spacious enough for all the family.
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Blackbull Byre ref: UK5682

Aboyne, near Tarland, Aberdeenshire

£489-£1157

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Set within the heart of an Aberdeen Angus cattle working farm, this welcoming cottage is perfect for exploring rural Aberdeenshire.
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Croiscrag Cottage ref: W41610

Aboyne, Aberdeenshire

£303-£657

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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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The Steadings at Mains of Tolquhon - The Stables ref: W42795

The Steadings at Mains of Tolquhon - The Stables, Aberdeenshire

£265-£267

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Birchland - Mountshade ref: 30297

Strachan, near Banchory, Aberdeenshire

£397-£841

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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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Kelpie ref: CC512090

Banchory, Aberdeenshire

£313-£829

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Just a short stroll to the town centre of Banchory, this charming property is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, with hill walking, rambling and fishing all found nearby.
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