In the heart of the ‘Granite City’, you might be surprised to find golden sand as far as the eye can see at Aberdeen Beach (in fact, the beach is one mile long!). The art-deco inspired esplanade runs from Footdee (pronounced locally as Fittie), an idyllic fishing village with buckets of charm to Donmouth Nature Reserve. Keep your eyes on the sea as you might even spot dolphins.
With over 260 castles, stately homes and ruins dotting its landscape, Aberdeenshire is unsurprisingly known as 'Scotland's Castle County'. There are more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK and you can discover 19 of the most famous and dramatic castles in Aberdeenshire on Scotland's Castle Trail. The full train takes six days but you can dip in and out to enjoy as many days of history as you'd like.
Whisky distilleries in Aberdeenshire are bottling the essence of our land into iconic blends loved the world over.
You can take a whisky insprired trip to discover 'The Secret Malts of Aberdenshire', produced by a cluster of ancient distilleries dating from the 18th and 19th centuries.
If you can't decide on who wants to be driver, no one has to miss out, you can create a bespoke guided tour with our local tour guides and tours highlighting the best of the region.