The intent of this column is to introduce you to regions and cities of the world that are not as mainstream as what your typical travel column would highlight. This week we visit Aberdeenshire located in northeast Scotland which makes up one of thirty-two Scottish council areas. Beautiful rolling countryside, castles, seaside and city-life can all be found nestled in this exquisite region adored by many including the British Royal Family.
Balmoral Castle located in the western part of this Scottish Council area is one of the Queen’s residences in the United Kingdom. This large estate house is where members of the Royal Family may go on holiday to get away from bustling London. The grounds can be visited by the public and the estate house itself with limited viewing.
To the southeast, one will find the historic fishing village of Stonehaven. Nearby is the famous Dunnottar Castle, one of the most picturesque castle sites in all of the British Isles. The medieval estate located in a glen sitting atop a high-cliff peninsula surrounded by the North Sea. This location is not just a must-see in Aberdeenshire but for all of Scotland.
Located along the middle of Aberdeenshire’s eastern coast is the third largest populated city in Scotland, the city of Aberdeen. It is commonly known as the Granite City or Grey City due to all of the buildings in the city center being constructed with granite; they give a very uniquely uniform grey look to the city. Take a stroll down Union Street where one can find many shopping and dining options. Also, visit Aberdeen Harbour, The Maritime Museum and the boardwalk along Aberdeen Beach. The Granite City offers many recreational activities including numerous world class golf links as well as a Leisure Park similar to what one would find on a pier at American beach resort.
Aberdeen City and Shire may not be as famous as the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow or the Scottish Highlands but there is so much to see and do in the historic medieval lands of Northeast Scotland.