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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. Peterhead

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    Peterhead

    Peterhead, in the far north-east of Scotland, is a busy fishing port...

  2. Fyvie / Rothienorman / Methlick

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    Fyvie

    Fyvie is a village on the River Ythan eight miles south of Turriff in Aberdeenshire, known for its impressive castle.

  3. Findochty

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    Findochty

    Findochty is a fishing village near Buckie, at the eastern end of Spey Bay with a small, sandy beach.

  4. 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.

  5. The Lecht

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    The Lecht

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

  6. 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.

  7. Oldmeldrum

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    Oldmeldrum

    Oldmeldrum is a small town north east of Inverurie in Aberdeenshire.

  8. Turriff / Aberchirder

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    Turriff

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

  9. 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.

  10. Turriff

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    Turriff

    Turriff is a small town and agricultural centre 9 miles south of Macduff in north Aberdeenshire.

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