There is lots to see and do with over 62 castles, including Balmoral Castle, Dunnotar and Slains Castle, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula! Tasting notes can be shared during a visit to one of the 14 malt whisky distilleries including the world famous Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Royal Lochnagar distilleries, followed by a round of golf at one of the many superb golf courses including Royal Aberdeen, Trump International or Cruden Bay. Whether your interested in sightseeing, dolphin watching, visiting parks and gardens or enjoying local culture Aberdeen City & Shire has it all and much more!
- Queen Victoria described Balmoral, in Royal Deeside, as her ‘dear paradise in the Highlands’ and it remains a private home of the Royal Family, with grounds and gardens open to visitors.
- Duthie Park, a fabulous 44-acre park located in the city is a purposely designed park, with superb flower beds, ponds, statues and the David Welch Winter Gardens for exotic plant lovers.
- Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of the city's long relationship with the Sea. This award-winning museum houses a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing.
- Listed in the Top 10 courses in Scotland this is the 8th oldest golf course in the world. A traditional out and back links course it is regarded by many as having the finest first nine holes in golf.
- Take a trip to visit one of the many distilleries and find out why we call whisky the ‘water of life’. Tours range from basic to detailed, and many distilleries offer tutored tastings.
- Castle Fraser is the most elaborate Z-plan castle in Scotland >300 acres (1.2 km2) of landscaped grounds, woodland and farmland which includes a walled kitchen garden of the 19th century.