Itineraries for Aberdeen City and Shire

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Find helpful and inspirational itineraries for Aberdeen City and Shire which provide ideas and suggestions on places and attractions to visit on the region's three superb tourist trails. See everything from crumbling fortresses to royal residences on the Castle Trail which takes in 17 of the region's most impressive castles, discover the magnificent north east coastline by following the Coastal Trail, and explore Royal Deeside with the Victorian Heritage Trail.

  • View of Balmoral Castle from the gardens
    Balmoral Castle
  • The Bullers of Buchan, a collapsed sea cave
    The Bullers of Buchan – an amazing collapsed sea cave that can be seen on the Coastal Trail
  • Looking across to Balmoral Castle from the south side
    Balmoral Castle
Craigievar Castle

Scotland's Castle Trail

Follow Scotland’s dedicated trail to discover dramatic stories behind 17 of Aberdeenshire’s castles.

Balmoral Castle and the River Dee

Victorian Heritage Trail

Follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on this picturesque route through Royal Deeside.

View of the city of Aberdeen with a purple sky beyond

Aberdeen

Discover the fantastic choice of things to see and do in the beautiful coastal city of Aberdeen.

King's College, part of the University of Aberdeen, is situated in Old Aberdeen

Old Aberdeen Trail

Uncover Old Aberdeen’s fascinating past on this walking trail which takes in buildings and places steeped in history.

Marischal College, Aberdeen

Aberdeen Granite Trail

Follow this trail and see the streets, buildings and statues which are testament to Aberdeen’s once-booming granite industry.

Looking across the harbour and dock of Aberdeen City

Aberdeen Maritime Trail

Follow the Aberdeen Maritime Trail and get a fascinating insight into the past and present of the city’s harbour.

A small image of Dunnottar Castle during the day

Coastal Trail

Discover Scotland's magnificent north east coastline on this 165 mile-long trail which runs along coast of Aberdeenshire. Take in cliff-tops, beaches, castles, quaint fishing villages, historic lighthouses and more along this breathtaking route.

Aberdeen beach

Aberdeen’s North Sea Trail

Follow Aberdeen’s North Sea Trail, a 12 mile route on which you can discover the city’s coastal heritage, great attractions and wonderful wildlife.

A bronze statue of William Wallace in Aberdeen city centre

Aberdeen Sculpture Trail

Aberdeen boasts a range of wonderful statues and sculptures, erected across many different centuries. Follow the Sculpture Trail and discover them for yourself.