Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire
Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven

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Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire

With rolling hills, open farmland and towering mountains in the west and sweeping beaches, coastal cliffs and panoramic skies in the east, Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire has plenty of room for you to relax and breathe.

Speak to locals and hear the traditional local accent, Doric, visit the stately castles in Royal Deeside and take in the splendour of the vast Cairngorms National Park.

Throughout the city

Aberdeenshire is famous for its granite - a silvery-grey rock that is packed with tiny sparkling crystals. In the city you'll see lots of stunning buildings made of this sparkling stone - just one of the qualities that makes Aberdeen unique. Its sandy beach, just a short walk from the city centre, is another. Why not explore some of the top-rated hidden gems throughout the city to get your adventure started?

Along the coast

Stretching from the Banffshire coast in the north all the way around to St Cyrus National Nature Reserve in the east, Aberdeenshire's beautiful coastline is dotted with pretty seaside towns, rugged cliffs and sandy bays.

The Aberdeenshire coast is home to plenty of swooping seabirds and it's one of the best places in Scotland to spot dolphins - they play in the waters of Aberdeenshire harbour and all along the Banffshire coast.

Out in the countryside

Don't miss Royal Deeside - home to Balmoral Castle, the summer residence of the Royal Family - and the Cairngorms National Park - full of peaks, deep glens, waterfalls and other natural wonders. Look out for red deer, golden eagles and red squirrels too.

Huge salmon and trout are regularly caught on sparkling rivers, including the River Dee, River Don and River Deveron, while Aberdeenshire's links and parkland golf courses are simply stunning.

As you explore you'll find more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK. Golden hued whisky is hand crafted at centuries-old distilleries and fantastic open air events bring everyone together, including Highland games and traditional festivals.

Travel in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire

Fly into Aberdeen International Airport from a number of destinations, or take the train up the north east rail line. It's easy to drive up the main motorways or take a coach from a number of UK destinations.

Once you're here you can hire a car or bike, take the train mainly around the coast or catch a local bus.

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Aberdeen iCentre

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Aberdeen iCentre is conveniently located at 23 Union Street in the heart of the City.

Ballater iCentre

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On Monday 20th August 2018 Ballater iCentre moved back to the Old Royal Station following the completion of a major refurbishment project.

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