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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. Portlethen

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    Portlethen

    Originally a small fishing village, Porthlethen today is a residential coastal town situated seven miles south of Aberdeen.

  2. 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.

  3. Peterhead / Cruden Bay

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    Peterhead

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

  4. Ellon / Newburgh

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    Ellon

    Six miles north-west of the town of Ellon is historic Haddo house, built in 1731 and designed by William Adam, is an elegant mansion.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Banchory

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    Banchory

    The fine Scottish town of Banchory is located approximately 20 miles west of Aberdeen, adjacent to the magnificent River Dee.

  8. 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.

  9. Portsoy

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    Portsoy

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

  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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