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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. The Lecht

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    The Lecht

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

  2. Turriff / Aberchirder

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    Turriff

    Turiff and Aberchirder are two small towns several miles inland from Macduff in Aberdeenshire.

  3. Maryculter

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    Maryculter

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

  4. Stonehaven

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    Stonehaven

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

  5. Westhill

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    Westhill

    Westhill is a small commuter settlement located six miles west of Aberdeen.

  6. Fraserburgh

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    Fraserburgh

    This major fishing port lies at the far north east corner of Aberdeenshire and is the biggest shellfish port in Europe and a busy commercial harbour.

  7. Banff / Macduff

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    Banff

    The north Aberdeenshire coastal resorts of Macduff and its neighbour Banff are separated by little more than a bridge over the River Deveron.

  8. Buckie / Spey Bay

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    Buckie

    Buckie and Spey Bay lie on the Moray coast and offer great scenery and wildlife nearby.

  9. Portsoy

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    Portsoy

    Lying on the Moray coast between Cullen and Banff, Portsoy is a quite charming port village.

  10. Pennan / Crovie / Gardenstown

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    Pennan

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

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