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5 cultural delights of Aberdeenshire

Whether you prefer to see a cathedral or a museum, or maybe enjoy losing yourself in a gallery, we've captured some fantastic Aberdeenshire cultural delights for you to enjoy when visiting the county.


The Barn
Piano playing

The Barn, Burn O Bennie, Banchory AB31 5QA

The Barn provides an ambitious and inclusive cultural programme encompassing music, theatre, film, dance, comedy, talks, visual art, workshops and environmental projects. It also supports artists, makers and designers to research and create artwork inspired by its location and context. The Barn is based just 30 minutes from Aberdeen in the beautiful Deeside countryside, between Crathes Castle and Banchory. There is also a Wild Garden behind the Barn for the community to enjoy and some walking paths around the wider site. For a coffee or something to eat, you can visit the neighbours at Buchanan Bistro, who specialise in local produce. Visit website


Milton Art Gallery

Milton of Crathes, Banchory AB31 5QH

Milton Art Gallery was established in 1997 to promote and support local and Scottish artists, exhibiting an eclectic mix of art for all tastes and budgets. A constantly changing collection from established artists complemented by regular exhibitions. A wide range of workshops are available in ceramics, photography, painting and Annie Sloan techniques. Visit website


Blairs Museum
Mary Queen of Scots

South Deeside Road, Blairs, Aberdeen AB12 5YQ

Visit Blairs Museum and explore a stunning collection of fine and decorative art spanning more than 500 years. Highlights include rare portraits of Mary Queen of Scots and the Stuart family, Jacobite memorabilia, sacred silver and gold and beautiful embroidered church textiles. Visit website


Little Treasures

B993, Kemnay, Inverurie AB51 5PR

Little Treasures is delightful collection of vintage and modern toys, miniatures and over 350 dolls houses displayed in a beautiful, light space in the former Methodist church in Banff. The museum is packed with exhibits, from toy cars to Barbies to vintage tinplate to elements of a Victorian childhood and so much more. Visit website


Haddo House
Haddo House

Methlick, Ellon AB41 7EQ

Designed by Scottish architect William Adam in 1732, Haddo House is a magnificent example of an historic Scottish stately home. Originally Palladian in style, the house now has late Victorian interiors after a 19th century refurbishment and is renowned for its stunning decorated ceilings. It also has impressive collections of period furniture, ceramics and art, including paintings by Sir Thomas Lawrence and James Giles. Visit website

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