About Aberdeen City and Shire

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With its captivating blend of unspoilt countryside, dramatic coastline and a bustling, cosmopolitan city, Aberdeen City and Shire offers visitors everything from crumbling castles to pristine beaches, riveting Highland games, delectable food and drink, amazing wildlife and more set against some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery.

See why Queen Victoria fell in love with the region on a visit to Royal Deeside and uncover the region’s fascinating past in superb museums, historic buildings and on Scotland's only dedicated Castle Trail which brings together 17 of Aberdeenshire's most iconic castles.

A breathtaking fusion of rolling countryside, rugged coastline, misty mountains and lush forest, the natural environment of Aberdeenshire is home to a marvelous array of wildlife. Explore the remarkable landscape of the Cairngorms National Park, the largest National Park in Britain, uncover tranquil nature reserves, and get up close to fantastic birdlife and marine creatures

Discover the impressive architecture and cultural delights of Aberdeen, Scotland's Granite City. Learn about its proud maritime history and thriving oil and gas industry, take in one of the finest art collections in the country and enjoy fantastic live music, dance and theatre at superb venues across the city. Take in the city’s splendid historic buildings and indulge in retail therapy at superb shopping centres and independent boutiques.

Explore the region's charming country towns and quaint fishing villages where you can sample a mouthwatering selection of food and drink including freshly caught seafood, and find quality arts and crafts created by talented locals in independent galleries and shops.

Pay a visit to some of the oldest whisky distilleries in the world and, and follow the Coastal Trail for miles of breathtaking cliff-tops, spectacular sunsets, secluded coves, beaches and historic lighthouses. 

Experience a vibrant array of events and festivals throughout the year that celebrate everything from the region’s seafaring heritage and unique dialect to internationally regarded arts festivals and centuries-old customs including the Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony and the Braemar Gathering.

  • The Buoy Park at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Kinnaird Head in Fraserburgh
    The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Kinnaird Head in Fraserburgh
  • Dolphins off the coast of Aberdeenshire
    Dolphins
  • The beach at Rattray Head at low tide with the lighthouse visible in the distance
    The beach at Rattray Head with the lighthouse in the distance
  • Fresh langoustines on ice at a market stall on Belmont St, Aberdeen.
    Fresh langoustines for sale on Belmont St market in Aberdeen
A visitor admires beautiful artworks displayed inside Aberdeen Art Gallery in the city centre of Aberdeen

Arts and culture

Enjoy arts and culture in Aberdeen City and Shire, a region with galleries, theatres, shops and more.

Looking across the harbour and dock of Aberdeen City

Industry

Learn about the booming oil industry of Aberdeen City and Shire and its proud martime heritage.

View of Fyvie Castle from the grounds outside

History

Discover the historic attractions of Aberdeen City and Shire, from fascinating museums to centuries-old castles.

RSPB Troup Head Reserve, near Pennan © Lorne Gill/SNH

Wildlife

Find information and discover the fascinating wildlife inhabiting the beautiful landscapes of Aberdeen City and Shire.

A car on the single track road between Crathie and Ballater with the mountain ridge of Lochnagar in the background

Nature and geography

Explore the rolling countryside, cosmopolitan city and stunning coastline of Aberdeen City and Shire.

A delicious seafood starter served at the Milton Restaurant, Milton of Crathes near Banchory

Food and drink

Sample delicious food and drink in Aberdeen City and Shire, a region renowned for its tasty local produce.

The village of Gardenstown

Area overview

Discover all about the areas of Aberdeen City and Shire with information on the towns and villages and the attractions and activities they offer.

The pebbled beach at Cowie by Stonehaven

Itineraries

Uncover the dramatic coastline, fine castles and rich Victorian heritage of Aberdeen City and Shire with these helpful itineraries which provide great ideas on things to see and do.

Union Street, Aberdeen's busiest thoroughfare at dusk

Travel

With excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and beyond, you will have no problems planning a trip in and around Aberdeen City and Shire, whether you wish to travel by bus, car, train, plane or ferry.