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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. Buckie

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    Buckie

    Once a thriving fishing and shipbuilding port, today Buckie is a small fishing town on the Moray cost with great scenery and wildlife.

  3. Turriff / Aberchirder

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    Turriff

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

  4. Mossat / Kildrummy / Glenkindie

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    Mossat

    Kildrummy Castle is a 13th century castle that was taken down after the Jacobite rising of 1715.

  5. Portknockie

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    Portknockie

    Portknockie is a fishing village and resort on the Moray coast between Findochty and Cullen.

  6. Pennan / Crovie / Gardenstown

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    Pennan

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

  7. Strathdon & Cockbridge

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    Strathdon

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

  8. Arbuthnott

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    Arbuthnott

    Arbuthnott was the home of author Lewis Grassic Gibbon.

  9. Inverurie

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    Inverurie

    Inverurie, a prosperous Aberdeenshire town situated in the valley of River Don, is a good base for touring castles of the area.

  10. Pitmedden / Udny

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    Pitmedden

    Pitmedden is a village five miles east of Oldmeldrum in Aberdeenshire.

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