Things to do - Aberdeenshire And Moray

The North East of Scotland has and will continue to amaze visitors with some of the most splendid scenery in the UK. Aberdeenshire and Moray is one area that has a collection of the most beautiful views which feature lonely and tranquil lochs, rough and rugged coastlines and glens that will inspire even the most cynical traveller be to astounded by the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.

Tourist trails that encompass historic castles, stately manses and plenty of ruins are found all over the region of Aberdeenshire and Moray. The Coastal Trail spans over 165 miles of the Scottish coast and it is well signposted. Dramatic cliff top vistas and nature reserves where you can see an abundance of wild life are just two of the attractions on this very popular trail.

The Victorian Heritage Trail is another must do event that takes you through the Dee and Don valleys where there is a one mile restored portion of the Royal Deeside Railway and the historic 13th century Drum Castle. History lovers will want to experience the Castle Trail which takes you through a wealth of castles, ruins and even more stately mansions. This is the country of the UK that has more castles per acre than anywhere else.

When the government ordered a reorganisation of councils, the county of Moray was merged with Banff. This is a special area where visitors return year up on year. In spite of its rural aspect, Moray has a surprising amount of attractions with the ubiquitous Scottish castles headlining. But, there is also riding, biking, fishing and you can go by boat along the shores of the Laich of Moray in a guided tour that takes in the 1500 years of history of the Moray area.

The Keith and Dufftown railway is known as the Whiskey Line and this runs for some 11 miles taking in the most beautiful forest and loch side views. This area is awash with wildlife with deer, heron, large buzzards and many more wonderful species that are found nowhere else in the UK.

The Cairngorms National Park is one of the most highly rated areas of Scotland and as well as the beautiful scenery, there is a host of activities for even the most energetic family. Walking, cycling, watersports and snow sports are all on offer in the Cairngorms. The park is open all year round so families can enjoy endless hours of outdoor fun and watch some of the most diverse species of wildlife in their natural surroundings.

Cairn Gorm literally means Blue Hills which is somewhat ironic since one of the most attractive aspects of the area is the stunning red sunsets over the mountain range. This is the highest and coldest region of the British Isles and it features five of the six highest mountains in Scotland. Home also to an ancient woodland which encompasses a unique Alpine semi-tundra moorland, the Cairngorms has protection for wildlife from a variety of organisations that wish to conserve the unique species that abide in the region.

Aberdeenshire and Moray covers some 3,500 square miles and the region has some of the most dramatic and unchanging scenery that you will ever encounter. From small picturesque beaches and coves, where you can be totally alone while you watch dolphins at play, to the friendly welcome you will receive from locals in the pretty towns and villages, this is a part of the UK that offers you something totally different.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy a real back to nature break in this stunning part of Scotland.


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Aberdeen
Aberdeen

Aberdeen Beach

All Year

On the coast, Aberdeen has a long sand beach between the two rivers, the Dee and the Don, which turns into high sand dunes north of the Don stretch...

Rothes
Rothes

Aquaplay Scotland

8.30am

Aquaplay Scotland, Rothes, offer a wide variety of water activities including canoeing, kayaking, SUP boarding, gorge walking, Bellyaking, coasteer...

Kemnay
Kemnay

Castle Fraser

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Castle Fraser is the most elaborate Z-plan castle in Scotland and one of the grandest 'Castles of Mar'. It is located near Kemnay in the Ab...

Stonehaven
Stonehaven

Dunnottar Castle

Closed Christmas/NewYear

Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland on the north east coast of Scotland, 1.9 miles south of Stonehaven. Th...

Inverurie
Inverurie

Garioch Indoor Bowling Centre

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Garioch Indoor Bowling Centre, Inverurie has 6 lanes of 10 pin bowling, 5 rinks of indoor bowling, pool, air hockey, arcade machines, catering - p...

Milton of Crathes
Milton of Crathes

Milton Art Gallery

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Milton Art Gallery, Milton of Crathes is a long established art gallery, selling a wide price range of paintings, sculptures, jewellery, ceramics, ...

Elgin
Elgin

Moray Leisure Centre

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Moray Leisure Centre has excellent Ice Rink facilities catering for all ages, abilities or interests. From skating to curling, ice hockey to figure...

Glenkindie
Glenkindie

Ride In Peace Adventures

All Year

Ride In Peace Adventures, off mountain bike coaching, guiding and riding! Based on the eastern edge of the Cairngorms National Park, thirty mile...

Ballogie
Ballogie

The Butterworth Gallery

Thurs - Sun 11am - 4pm

Formerly the old village shop and post office, complete with old petrol pump and red telephone box, The Butterworth Gallery at Ballogie is now a 3 ...