History and heritage of Aberdeenshire
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Aberdeenshire makes the most of its natural beauty and fascinating history and these are some of the best attractions to visit. The impressive granite buildings such as Marischal College, His Majesty’s Theatre and St Machar’s Cathedral give Aberdeen its distinctive look, whilst historical Old Aberdeen and the fishing village of Footdee (known locally as Fittie) possess an unmistakable air of time gone by. Rose gardens can be found at Crathes Castle, Drum Castle and at Hazlehead Park in Aberdeen. For rock gardens visit Leith Hall, Kildrummy or Ballindalloch castles.
Looking for something for the kids? Try Codona’s Beach Amusement Park in Aberdeen, Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool or The Den and the Glen, at Maryculter, a magical world of make-believe and fun for children of all ages, set amidst 28 acres of spectacular scenic beauty on Royal Deeside. Children can see more than 100 of their favourite nursery rhyme and fairytale characters and both adults and children can enjoy exquisite flowers and plants, majestic trees, secret waterfalls, exotic animals and fairytale houses and eat at the self-service restaurant which offers healthy food.
Aberdeen Science Centre, formally known as Satrosphere, offers a more educational option, but is still a lot of fun. The centre aims to foster a lifelong interest in science by creating engaging experiences. The Zoology Museum, part of the University of Aberdeen and located within part of the university’s School of Biological Science building, is also popular with the younger generations. The museum consists of two floors of specimens, models, and displays that represent everything from protozoa to giant whales. The museum is currently free and open to the public. It is closed on weekends.
Balmoral Estates, Ballater AB35 5TB
Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852. Enjoy access to the formal and vegetable gardens, the wildlife, Balmoral and audio visual exhibitions together with the largest room in the Castle, the Ballroom. Visit website
A93, Dess, Aboyne AB34 5BD
Deeside Activity Park is a four-star, multi-activity outdoor adventure centre offering quads, cars, clays, 4×4 off-roading, archery, target shooting, fishing and much more. There’s a restaurant and farm shop serving Cairnton Aberdeen Angus beed and other local produce. Visit website
Dufftown, Keith AB55 4DH
A warm welcome awaits at The Glenfiddich Distillery Visitor Centre. It was the first of its kind for the Scotch whisky industry and provides a fascinating insight into the making and heritage of this special whisky. Visitors can choose one of four tours, each including a master class nosing and tasting of at least four whiskies. They will also visit Glenfiddich’s original warehouses to see casks of gently maturing spirit. Visit website
South Mains Cottage, Drumoak AB31 5AE
Allow Hillgoers to journey with you across Scotland’s extraordinary landscape. Its highly qualified mountain leaders offer guided walks, Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, navigation qualifications, outdoor learning and corporate events. From their base in Royal Deeside, Hillgoers’ mountain leaders offer expertly guided walks across numerous Munros, Corbetts and other smaller, yet nonetheless impressive, hills. Visit website
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