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  • People enjoy the sunshine on Balmedie Beach
    Balmedie Beach
  • Looking across to Balmoral Castle from the south side
    Balmoral Castle
  • Looking along the main driveway to Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire
    Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire
  • Man walks his dogs along St Cyrus beach
    St Cyrus beach

With three very different but equally special trails covering castles, Queen Victoria and the coast, Aberdeen City and Shire is a superb year-round destination with an abundance of things to see and do.

The Victorian Heritage Trail is the perfect way to explore Royal Deeside and uncover the many royal connections within the area. The excellent Coastal Trail covers the breathtaking north east coastline, while the Castle Trail takes you around Aberdeen City and Shire’s most famous historic buildings.

The Victorian Heritage Trail

Follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria and explore the majestic Royal Deeside by following the Victorian Heritage Trail. From glorious viewpoints to idyllic villages and castles, this trail will take you on a personal journey around the places Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert loved to visit including Braemar, Balmoral Castle, Crathie Kirk, the Old Royal Station and the Queens View.

The Castle Trail

Aberdeen City and Shire is home to 300 extraordinary castles and this area has more per acre than anywhere else in the UK. It is hardly surprising therefore that the region is known as Scotland’s ‘Castle Country’. Uncover the fascinating local history on Scotland’s only Castle Trail which takes you on a fascinating winding journey around 17 of the region’s finest castles, ruins and stately homes including Dunnottar, Braemar and Fyvie Castle.

The Coastal Trail

The magnificent Coastal Trail covers 165 miles of continuous cliff-tops, coves and breathtaking beaches. Along the way, you’ll travel around the north east coast and encounter a wonderful array of wildlife and pretty harbours and lighthouses. If it’s spectacular scenery and fresh sea air you are after, the Coastal Trail is the one for you.