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  • The main street through Ballater, a village on the River Dee
    The main street through Ballater, a village on the River Dee
  • The main street through Banchory, a small town on the River Dee
    The main street through Banchory, a small town on the River Dee
  • Fraserburgh Harbour
    Fraserburgh Harbour
  • Gardenstown, a fishing village in Aberdeenshire
    Gardenstown, a fishing village in Aberdeenshire
  • The harbour at Stonehaven, a coastal town in Aberdeenshire
    The harbour at Stonehaven, a coastal town in Aberdeenshire

Explore the many charming towns and villages of Aberdeen City and Shire. From quaint fishing villages scattered along the dramatic coast to sleepy towns located in the heart of Royal Deeside, each one possesses its own unique character, history and attractions.

Visit the lovely towns and villages of Royal Deeside where the British monarchy has spent its summer holidays since the reign of Queen Victoria. The village of Ballater is situated just outside the Royal Family’s Highland retreat of Balmoral Castle and many of its shops bear Royal Warrants signifying them as suppliers of the Her Majesty.

The nearby village of Crathie is home to Crathie Kirk where they occasionally attend Sunday Services, while Banchory is another equally delightful Victorian town located a short distance from the romantic Crathes Castle.

Other attractive seaside towns and villages worth a visit include Fraserburgh, home of the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, the major fishing port of Peterhead, the idyllic Curden Bay and Stonehaven, famed throughout the world for its spectacular Fireball Ceremony.

The Banffshire Coast is dotted with tiny villages nestled between the sea and cliffs. Discover places like Gardenstown, Crovie and Pennan, the latter famous for appearing in the classic film Local Hero. Continue further along the rugged coastline and you’ll eventually arrive at Portsoy with its 17th century harbour.

Don’t forget the region’s historic market towns like Huntly, Oldmeldrum and Turriff. Here you’ll find centuries-old distilleries, fairytale castles, bustling farmers’ markets and independent shops.

Look through the listings and learn more about towns and villages in Aberdeen City and Shire.

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  1. Maryculter

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    Maryculter

    Maryculter is a small village situated in the Lower Deeside at the entrance to Royal Deeside.

  2. The Lecht

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    The Lecht

    One of Scotland’s top ski resorts, The Lecht occupies a stunning location in eastern Cairngorms.

  3. Banff

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    Banff

    With the numerous golf courses in the area, a coastal town of Banff offers great golf playing facilities and wealth of history.

  4. Ballater

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    Ballater

    Surrounded by the glorious countryside Ballater is a picturesque Victorian village in the heart of Royal Deeside located in the Cairngorm National Park.

  5. Stonehaven

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    Stonehaven

    Stonehaven is a pretty harbour town south of Aberdeen, famous for its Hogmanay fireballs ceremony.

  6. Kemnay/ Monymusk/ Kintore

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    Kemnay

    Kemnay and Kintore are villages on the River Don south of Inverurie.

  7. Braemar

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    Braemar

    Surrounded by the fine Grampian Mountains and woodland scenery, Braemar is a delightful village and a year round holiday playground. The peaceful countryside, nearby castles and whisky distilleries make it ideal place for a break.

  8. Pennan / Crovie / Gardenstown

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    Pennan

    These three villages lie on the attractive north coast of Aberdeenshire between Fraserburgh and Macduff.

  9. Strathdon & Cockbridge

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    Strathdon

    Strathdon is a collection of scattered small communities including Bellabeg and Roughpark, as well as Strathdon itself.

  10. Huntly

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    Huntly

    Situated on the edge of the popular Speyside whisky trail, the town of Huntly provides a great base for exploring the attractions in the surrounding area.

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