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3 days in Aberdeenshire itinerary

Aberdeenshire is a vast and scenic region, featuring many pretty towns, friendly communities, places to explore and fascinating attractions to visit. Located on the east coast of mainland Scotland, you'll find hundreds of coastal gems, marine wildlife, intriguing historic sites, as well as plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors too.

Start / Finish
Oldmeldrum / Pennan
  • Days
  • Distance

  • Transport
  • Main theme
Tolquhon Castle
Glen Garioch Distillery
Pitmedden Garden
Areas covered

Day 1Oldmeldrum


Heading just 5 miles north of Inverurie, Oldmeldrum is a small Aberdeenshire town known as the 'Granary of Aberdeen', due to its production of high quality barley, and is home to many hidden gems and great places to explore.

  • Lochter Activity Centre and Fishery Oldmeldrum

    Lochter Activity Centre & Fishery

    Located just a mile west of Oldmeldrum, head to Lochter Activity Centre. Try out a range of exciting activities, including archery, zorbing, segways, and raft building. Or if you'd rather go at a slower pace, you can try your hand at a spot of trout fishing from the onsite lochs. There are three fly-fishing lochs at the centre that are stocked with rainbow trout and brown trout. Also at the centre, you can tuck into delicious, high quality food at the restaurant, serving up only the best locally-sourced Aberdeenshire produce.

    Enjoy a fun day out at Lochter Activity Centre
    Lochter, Oldmeldrum,Inverurie,Oldmeldrum,AB51 0DZ
    Key facilities
    • Parking
    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible Parking Or Drop-off Point
    • Accessible toilets
    • Cafe or Restaurant
  • Glen Garioch Distillery Oldmeldrum

    Glen Garioch Distillery

    Why not take time to relax and delve into Scotland's world of whisky? Our national drink is a popular tipple around the world, and with so many distilleries in Aberdeenshire alone, why not? Head to Glen Garioch (pronounced Glen Geerie), Scotland's most easterly whisky distillery, and embark on whisky tastings and experiences. Explore the history and character of Glen Garioch and go behind the scenes to learn all about their whiskies, the distillery and more.

    Discover Glen Garioch Distillery
    Distillery Road,Oldmeldrum,Oldmeldrum,AB51 0ES
  • Tolquhon Castle Pitmedden

    Tolquhon Castle

    Described as one of the most beautiful castles in Scotland, Tolquhon Castle is an impressive ruin located just outside of Oldmeldrum, near Pitmedden. Admire the intricate carvings and fine detailing across the castle, explore inside the ruined walls, and see if you can find the secret compartment above the laird's quarters, where he hid his valuables. As you wander around the extensive castle grounds, look for the initials TL (Thomas Leiper) on the exterior of the main house - it was rare for a medieval architect to sign his work like this in these times.

    Step back in time at Tolquhon Castle
    Tarves,Pitmedden,AB41 7LP
  • Pitmedden Garden Pitmedden

    Pitmedden Garden

    If you're looking to wander through picturesque gardens, look no further. Marvel at the serenity as you explore the 17th century Pitmedden Garden, boasting a unique charm and plenty to admire. Featuring almost 6 miles of clipped box hedging, colourful parterres, over 200 fruit trees, and the lovely sweet smell of honeysuckle and jasmine, these gardens are a delight.

    Explore the natural beauty of Pitmedden Garden
    Pitmedden,Pitmedden,AB41 7PD
    Key facilities
    • Parking
    • Accessible Parking Or Drop-off Point
    • Accessible toilets
    • Cafe or Restaurant

Day 2Huntly


For the third day we're heading north west to another quaint town - Huntly. This historic town is home to some incredible sights and attractions to explore, and has many landmarks situated just outside the town too.

  • Historic sites Huntly

    Huntly Castle

    Take a trip back in time, discovering some incredible historic and ancient sites. The second highest in Scotland, Tap o' Noth Hill Fort is a very well preserved Iron Age fort and boasts impressive remains, alongside outstanding panoramic views over the Aberdeenshire countryside.

    Nearby, Rhynie Pictish Stones feature a display of one Class I and two Class II carved stones. The first is made of pink granite, with carvings of a beast, comb and part of an arch symbol. The two Class II stones were found under the old church. One is whinstone, bearing a beast's head, double-disc, Z-rod, a mirror, and a comb. The other is red granite, with carvings of a double-disc, crescent, V-rod and mirror symbols.

    Elsewhere, head to Huntly Castle, a magnificent ruin dating back to the 12th century and is famed for its architectural details and heraldic enrichments. Located just north of the town, the castle boasts a majestic location, and the palace interiors are a real sight to see with heraldic fireplaces and more.

    Discover Huntly Castle
    Huntly,AB54 4SH
    Key facilities
    • Parking
    • On Public Transport Route
  • Deveron Projects Huntly

    Leith Hall

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    This unique concept uses the town of Huntly as a venue for a range of art projects that aim to join together artists, communities and places. There are a variety of projects you can see across the town, including The Square Deal which looks to rejuvenate and protect the towns' architecture, White Wood a living monument to peace, the Weeping Willow Tree which marks a historic day, and Flax which explores the past through new growth.

    Discover more about the Deveron Projects
  • Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre Huntly

    Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre

    Britain's only dedicated Nordic facility, this unique outdoor centre specialises in cross country skiing and roller skiing, as well as offering mountain bike hire and tubing on the ski slope. Head over to the centre and learn to cross country ski all year round, or try out roller skiing in the summer months. Take part in courses and private tuition on the all-weather terrain and roller ski track, and when the snow comes, hire ski equipment and venture up to the trails in the Clashindarroch forest.


    Learn a new activity at Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre
    Hill of Haugh,Huntly,AB54 4SH
  • GlenDronach Distillery Turriff

    Glendronach Distillery

    Outside the town, pay a visit to one of Scotland's oldest working distilleries, GlenDronach, and learn all about the traditions and history of Scotland's single malt whisky. Using handcrafted techniques that have been traditional for some 200 years, the distillery matures their whiskies in superior sherry casks giving complex tastes and undertones to their malts. Enjoy a range of distillery tours and tasting experiences and make sure you head to the gift shop to explore a wide range of the GlenDronach Highland single malts and official merchandise too. Why not bottle your own distillery-exclusive malt as a special souvenir?

    Make sure you stop by Dean's Shortbread which started up in Huntly and, since 1975, has been making their famous 'melt in the mouth' shortbread to a recipe that everyone loves. Visit the gift shop or stop in at the bistro and coffee stop.

    Book a distillery tour at GlenDronach Distillery
    Forgue By Huntly,Turriff,AB54 6DB
    Key facilities
    • Accessible Parking Or Drop-off Point
    • Accessible toilets

Day 3Banff

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