Things to See and Do around Aberdeen

Things to See and Do around Aberdeen

Things to See and Do around Aberdeen

Things to See and Do around Aberdeen

The Grampian Region can be explored by train and bus, but a car gives real freedom. There are over 100 castles of architectural worth, among them thirteenth-century Drum Castle, near Peterculter, Aberdeen, open May to September; Crathes Castle, Banchory, open May to September, its splendid corbelled turrets making this a fairy-tale castle; Craigievar Castle on A980 near Alford, open Easter and May to September, except Friday.

Further afield are Balmoral Castle, on Royal Deeside, open May to July except when Royal Family are in residence. The gorgeous ‘Scottish Baronial’ castle built by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert; Braemar Castle, at Braemar on A93. Open early May-early October. Seventeenth-century tower house, with high ramparts added to it, and Kildrummy Castle on A97 south of Mossat, open April-September, impressive ruins of thirteenth-century courtyard castle.

And also worth seeing are Leith Hall, on B9002 near Kennethmont, open May to September; Haddo House, on B9005, near Methlick, open May to September, a glorious Adam mansion which belonged to the Marquesses of Aberdeen; Castle Fraser, midway between Aberdeen and Alford, open May to September, and Dunnottar Castle, near Stonehaven, Open All Year, a fifteenth-century ruin standing high on a spectacular rock jutting out into the North Sea.

Other attractions include: Pitmedden Gardens and Museum of Farming Life, Ellon, Open All Year. Great Garden of Pitmedden, a recreated seventeenth-century formal garden, and lovely herb garden. Farming Life museum has rare breeds of livestock.

Grampian Transport Museum, Railway Museum. Open April to September. Transport museum covering all forms of transport in North East Scotland.

Alford Valley Railway, open weekends April, May, September. Daily July, August. Narrow gauge railway running through woodlands of Haughton House.

Northern Belle Grampian Railtours. June-August, Wednesday and Saturday. Luxury round-trip from Aberdeen to Dufftown. Malt Whisky Trail. 70 mile trail from Keith to half a dozen malt whisky distilleries in the Grampians. Glenfiddich, Dufftown and Glenfarclas, Open All Year. Glenlivet, Tamdhu, Strathisla, Glen Grant summer season only.

Fishing Heritage Trail covers the coast from Montrose to Inverness, including Gourdon fish market; Stonehaven with a good museum in its Tolbooth; Aberdeen; Peterhead; Buckie and Nairn.