There are so many things to do in Aberdeenshire but here are the top 10.
1. Do the North East 250
The ‘ultimate road trip’, is making its mark following in the footsteps of other major Scottish touring routes. The North East 250 will take you on a journey of local discovery through the famous Granite City, into the depths of the Cairngorms National Park and along some 165 miles of coastline.
2. See a show in awe-inspiring surroundings
Billy Connolly said performing at His Majesty’s Theatre was like ‘playing a gig inside a wedding cake’. You too can embrace the opulent surroundings as you watch award-winning musical theatre, contemporary dance and acclaimed stage plays.
3. Taste a bowl of cullen skink
Cullen is a small fishing village in the North East of Scotland and from there has emerged one of the world’s great soups. The smoked haddock delicacy can now be sampled around the world but why not return to the mothership and taste it as you watch the formidable North Sea crash against the rocks in a succession of towns and villages.
4. Go to the Queen’s house
Balmoral, the Queen’s summer residence in Scotland is representative of the neo-baronial style of the Victorian era and the castle, the ballroom and its paintings are a must to see – but only when the Royal family are not in residence!
5. Play the President’s golf course
Controversy followed the creation and opening of Donald Trump’s course on the outskirts of Aberdeen but what is undeniable is the quality of the finished product. It’s a serious test for low handicappers as they tackle the challenging holes amid miles and miles of spectacular Aberdeenshire coastline.
6. Visit a medieval village
Footdee (pronounced Fittie) is a small fishing village located south of the city centre by Aberdeen harbour. The village dates back to medieval times but people still live in the little cluster of cottages that are huddled together with their backs to the sea, as protection from the rising tide and winter gales.
7. Visit an eco-brewery
Now a global player in the craft beer market, BrewDog’s origins are steeped firmly in the North East. You can visit its eco state-of-the-art brewery in Ellon, north east of Aberdeen, and see how the brewing alchemists create the highly-praised beer.
8. See Scotland’s oldest bridge
Walk through Seaton Park down to the graceful stone Brig o’Balgownie. Built on the orders of Robert the Bruce and restored in 1607, it served as the River Don’s main crossing point.
9. Try scuba diving
Adventurous types will relish the opportunity to try scuba-diving at Core 94 Watersports. Beginners can take lessons in the facility’s heated indoor pool, and the more experienced can don dry-suits and head out on open water dives in the North Sea, either by themselves or as part of a guided dive.
10. See the inspiration behind Dracula
Slains Castle, at Cruden Bay, north east of Aberdeen, castle is famed as a place where celebrities were entertained on numerous occasions in the 19th century, notably the writer Bram Stoker and it is believed the castle is the inspiration for the setting of his Gothic horror novel Count Dracula (1897).
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