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.
Planning a trip to Aberdeenshire and Moray includes booking accommodation and luckily there are many options. As well as self catering flats and cottages, many of which are pet friendly establishments, there are plenty of cosy bed and breakfast choices in pubs and private houses. All around Scotland there are glamping sites. So, if you want to stay somewhere closer to nature you can choose from an off the grid eco hut or a glamping pod with all the luxuries you need. Once you have accommodation you can look at finding things to do, events and attractions and there is no shortage of these. Variety is the spice of life and there is certainly plenty of variety in Aberdeenshire and Moray.
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, skiing and other 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.
Things to do in the area includes Aquaplay Scotland which delivers adventure and fun with water sports like kayaking, gorge walking and boogie board surfing. Operating throughout Scotland but based on the River Spey, this exciting experience is a must for ardent thrill seekers or anyone who wants to learn something new. Both challenging and educational, Aquaplay is Scotland's premier outdoor activity centre and it operates all year round.
If the weather turns rainy, another option to visit is the Garioch Indoor Bowling Centre which caters for all ages from toddlers to seniors. Open seven days a week, there is not just bowling but also air hockey, arcade fun machines and pool. Prices are moderate and there are concessions for under 16s, students and pensioners. A perfect way to spend a wet day or if you want a change from exploring the beautiful outdoors.
If your preference to the great outdoors or activity based entertainment is art and culture, a visit to the Milton Art Gallery is a must. This is an elegant but friendly gallery sitting next to the River Dee and is situated only 20 miles from the city of Aberdeen. Featuring contemporary art works, jewellery, furniture and bronze and glass works, the gallery also sells original paintings, sculptures and ceramics as well as prints and cards.
One of the more unusual attractions in the county is the Peterhead Prison Museum. A visit here is a chance to see what 'real' life was like in a prison. Featuring the lives of people who worked there between 1888 and 2013, there are also photographs of the infamous Peterhead Siege that occurred in 1987 and which was finally concluded by the SAS.
Sometimes Aberdeenshire and Moray is all about exploring and one of the best ways to do this is with Ride In Peace Adventure. This amazing company offers mountain biking with a difference where you can discover the peace and beauty of the glens, hills and mountains that surround the Cairngorms National Park.
Aberdeenshire and Moray covers some 3,500 square miles with some of the most dramatic and unchanging scenery that you will ever encounter. 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.