Aberdeenshire provides excellent lodgings ranging from fine hotels to basic bed and breakfast establishments which you can search and book direct with owners through stay4you.com, as well as some great local hospitality, making it an excellent base for travellers wishing to enjoy and explore the surrounding area. Whatever type of accommodation you are looking for, you will find it in and around Aberdeenshire.
This is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland, it takes its name from the region of Aberdeen one of the real contenders for a truly great biking country, amazing scenery, diverse countryside and thousands of miles of quiet yet stunning roads.
The Aberdeenshire council area includes all of the area of the historic counties of Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire, as well as part of Banffshire, located on the north-east coast of Scotland, Aberdeenshire is the area in and around Aberdeen city and stretches from the Banffshire coast in the north, open farmland and towering mountains in the west, rolling hills, and sweeping beautiful beaches, coastal cliffs and panoramic skies in the east, to the towering volcanic cliffs, breath-taking displays of rare wild flowers, an unbelievable variety of insects butterflies and moths and birds such as peregrine falcons circling overhead, at St Cyrus one of the richest and most diverse nature reserves in Britain, a most beautiful, inspiring and truly stunning region of ancient landscapes, beautiful scenery that comes as standard, both on the coast and inland, explore and discover this region at your own pace.
There are more castles per acre here than anywhere else in the UK, with over 300 castles, stately homes and ruins dotted around Aberdeenshire, it is become known as 'Scotland's Castle Country, full of history bloody battles, historical turmoil, invaded and settled many times in there history, find out how this has made a changing contribution to the culture, heritage and community of this region and the ever changing landscape in Scotland past and present, the important roles in Scottish history,
Activities ranging from quad biking, kart racing, archery, clay shooting, 4x4 off road driving, paintball, rifle target shooting, here they have the best walking routes in all parts of Aberdeenshire, from the exciting clifftop coastal walks to the ever popular Bennachie, a hill ridge that makes up in character what it lacks in height with the landmark peak of the Mither Tap, Here is only one of the region's many iron-age hilltop forts, many providing superb views over the surrounding countryside, all threaded by the beautiful River Don, further north the historic town of Huntly is the focus with its ruined castle, east from Bennachie are the towns Inverurie and Ellon, with the coastline beyond with long stretches of sandy beach reaching south to Aberdeen and north into Buchan, encased by massive dunes, described as “one of the world’s outstanding coastlines” by National Geographic, it’s no surprise that water sports on our beaches are a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike.
The coast is home to plenty of seabirds and it's one of the best places in Scotland to spot dolphins, they play in the waters of Aberdeenshire harbour and all along the Banffshire coast, here you will find huge salmon and trout that are regularly caught on sparkling rivers, including the River Dee, River Don and River Deveron.
Watch the surfers, divers and sailors take on the brisk waves of the North Sea at the city centre beach, see the local rowers glide up the central River Dee and on occasion take on competitors from across Scotland in exciting races.
For something a little bit different, the 1930’s heated Stonehaven open Air Pool brings in visitors from across the world looking to enjoy a slightly warmer outdoor swim.
Here you will find wide open and remote spaces, plenty of cycling, walking, horse riding and fishing activities to keep you busy, hundreds of miles of continuous dramatic clifftops, and awesome roads, Stunning scenery, enchanting coves, paradise beaches, charming towns and marvellous wildlife, visit the Maggie Law Maritime Museum in Gourdon, the magnificently ruined Dunnottar Castle, perched high on a sea cliff, see seals basking in the Ythan Estuary, stop for lunch in the pretty coastal town of Cruden Bay with the imposing Slains Castle, which is thought to have inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula, heading west along the Banffshire coast, visit the town of Fraserburgh the biggest shellfish port in Europe, with its busy commercial harbour, then drive through and visit the coastline towns of Macduff, Banff and Portsoy, visit the aquarium at Macduff, explore the beautiful Duff House in Banff and head to Portsoy, where you can learn about the town's salmon fishing heritage, check out Royal Deeside with a trip to some of the favourite beauty spots of the Royal Family. Absorb beautiful views of Glen Tanar, the and the lovely burgh of Ballater, this region you will find very thing, whether active or not.
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The little community of Glenkindie offers a variety of services, including a general store, a post office, and a motel.
The towns of Alford and Aboyne have more extensive services, including a grocery, primary and secondary schools, a health centre, a cottage hospital and community centre, a theatre and cinema, and a full-size swimming pool complex.
Balmoral Castle, where the Royal Family lives in Scotland, is close to the town of Ballater. The town has many coffee shops, restaurants, and shops, many of which have the Royal Warrant of the Queen and Prince of Wales.
Along the River Dee, you can golf, hill walk, ride a horse, hunt, and fish. The Old Deeside Railway track is a great place to walk or ride a bike to get to Aberdeen, and you can do winter activities in Glenshee and Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park.
There are regular trains from Insch station to Aberdeen, where there are frequent express trains to London, regular trains to other parts of the country, and an overnight sleeper train to London.
There are daily flights to London from the International Airport, as well as flights to Amsterdam, Paris, and many other cities.
Several public schools, such as Towie Primary School and Alford Academy, are close by.
Tullynessle is in a beautiful area, and the town of Alford is a great place to start a hike in the nearby forest.
Alford village offers a variety of local amenities, including a nursery, primary and secondary schools, a swimming pool, sports facilities, and a library, as well as a variety of individual shops, a post office and supermarket, a medical centre, a dental surgery, a gym, and an 18-hole golf course. The golf course is in the beautiful Howe of Alford, and it is easy to walk there because the ground is flat.
Alford Heritage Centre, Alford Railway Museum, and Grampian Transport Museum. In addition to bowling, tennis courts, and a dry ski centre, these facilities are available.
It claims to be the birthplace of the Aberdeen Angus breed of cattle; a life-size statue of an Aberdeen Angus bull may be found here.
Haughton Country Park is a 200-acre park on the outskirts of Alford that features a children's play area, walking and hiking routes, a putting green, and a camping area.
On the eastern side of the town, about 12 miles to the west are the Cairngorms National Park boundary and the Lecht ski slopes.
The settlement is accessible from Aberdeen by the A944.
Salmon and trout fishing are available on the surrounding rivers, Don and Dee, along with deer stalking and shooting.
The region is located in the heart of Scotland's castle country. The National Trust for Scotland keeps Craigievar, Leith Hall, Castle Fraser, Fyvie, and Crathes, all of which are open to the public.
Alford has regular bus connections to Aberdeen, Westhill, Kintore, and Kemnay, and the nearby towns of Insch and Inverurie have trains.
Aberdeen provides all business, leisure, recreational, and entertainment amenities, in addition to the Dyce-located Aberdeen International Airport, which connects you to the rest of the world.
London Luton, London Heathrow, and Southend, as well as Europe and the rest of the world.