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Visitor Information - Aberdeen and Grampian

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Aberdeen & Grampian:  Accommodation

A land of royal and stately castles; some situated along the breathtaking coast and others inland with their vast estates. Deeside and Balmoral, of course, are the world-famous holiday retreats of the Royal family.

The 200 or so miles of coast holds other treasures too, in the form of delightful fishing villages such as Crovie, Gourdon, Gardenstown and Pennan, where part of the film Local Hero was shot. There are many others.

Outdoors enthusiasts can choose from a variety of activities: skiing, walking, climbing, fishing, golf, cycling, sailing, canoeing and just about anything that takes your fancy.
 

Coast near Peterhead

Historic Buildings and Castles:

Castle Fraser

Castle Fraser

Sauchen, by Inverurie. Most elaborate 'Z' plan castle in Scotland. Building started in 1575.

Dunnottar Castle

Near Stonehaven. Dramatic and imposing, Dunnottar Castle is a breath-taking spectacle in its cliff-top setting above the North Sea.

Fyvie Castle

Near Turriff. Fyvie Castle was once a Royal stronghold. It is one of the finest examples of Scottish Baronoal architecture. Dates from 1390.

Ballindalloch Castle

Ballindalloch Castle

Fifteen miles NE of Grantown on Spey. The Castle is set in magnificent grounds between the Rivers Spey and Avon.

Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852. The castle was built from granite from the neighbouring quarries of Glen Gelder, which produced a near white stone.

Delgatie Castle

Delgatie Castle

Turrif. The main tower dates from about 1100, while its final extension with the battlement walk was completed in 1579. Both wings were added in 1743 with the chapel and dovecote on the west and the kitchen and servants' quarters on the east.

Balvenie Castle

Dufftown. A castle of enclosure first owned by the Comyns with a curtain wall of 13th-century date. Added to in the 15th and 16th centuries. Visited by Mary Queen of Scots in 1562.

Braemar Castle

Braemar Castle

An impressive fortress built in 1628 by the Earl of Mar on the site of an even older habitation.

Duff House

Duff House

Banff. Magnificent Duff House is filled with fine paintings, furniture, tapestries and artefacts drawn from the National Galleries of Scotland, the Erskine of Torrie Institute, and several private lenders.

Corgarff Castle

Eight miles west of Strathdon. A 16th-century tower house converted into a barracks for Government troops in 1748. Its last military use was to control the smuggling of illicit whisky between 1827 and 1831. Still complete and with its 18th-century star-shaped fortification.

Pluscarden Abbey

Pluscarden Abbey

Near Elgin. Founded in 1230, it is the only medieval monastery in Britain still inhabited by monks and being used for its original purpose.

 
       

Museums and Galleries:

Elgin Museum

Elgin Museum

Best known for its pictish stones and unique local fossils, this museum also covers archaeology, geology, natural history, social history and ethnography.

Banchory Museum

Displays relating to local history; especially James Scott Skinner - the Strathspey King. Deeside's royal connections and natural history.

Banff Museum

Displays of local history of Banff: its silver, arms, armour, natural history and geology. There are special displays on ninteenth century.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

An important art collection ranging from 14th-21st century with outstanding examples of 19th-20th century works. Also, a rich and diverse decorative arts collection and an active programme of special exhibitions.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

The City's award-winning Maritime Museum brings the history of the North Sea to life. View multimedia displays and exciting exhibitions on the offshore oil industry, shipbuilding, fishing and clipper ships then visit the museum shop and licensed cafe. The Museum Shop features a range of nautical souvenirs.

Aberdeen Planetarium

Built to teach astronavigation, the Planetarium presents shows on astronomical topics of broader interest aimed at schools, industry and the general public.

Aberdeenshire Farming Museum

Aberdeenshire Farming Museum

Near Mintlaw. Delightful country park location with children's play area and walks. Relive the story of our famous farming past in the beautiful surroundings of Aden Country Park.

Arbuthnot Museum

Peterhead. Discover the wealth of Peterhead's maritime history in one of Aberdeenshire's oldest museums. See models showing the development of Peterhead fishing boats and also a collection of Inuit artefacts.

Grampian Transport Museum

Transport Museum

Alford. There are a number of displays, working exhibits and video presentations that trace the history of travel and transport in the Grampian area.

Gordon Highlanders Museum

At The Gordon Highlanders Museum you can re-live the compelling and dramatic story of one of the British Army's most famous regiments, through the lives of its outstanding personalities and of the kilted soldiers of the North East of Scotland who filled its ranks.

Fraserburgh Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre is owned by Fraserburgh Heritage Society and operated on a voluntary basis. The building was originally a barrel making factory, and then a foundry. It has now been converted into a modern visitor centre which illustrates the history of Fraserburgh and its people.

Lossiemouth Fisheries & Community Museum

Fisheries Museum

The Museum will show you visually the life and times of the people of North-East Scotland. In particular, the hard life of the fishermen and their families is portrayed with small life-size displays.

Crannach Gallery

Crannach Gallery

Throughout the year the gallery hosts a series of monthly, themed exhibitions of contemporary art, craft and design pieces from all over Scotland and further a field.

If you're looking for a special gift for a birthday, anniversary, token of thanks, Christmas etc we have plenty to tempt you - all totally hand crafted and unique pieces of work.

   
       

Parks and Gardens:

Glenlivet Estate

Large Highland estate, some of the finest landscapes in the Grampian region, 60 miles of marked trails on estate tracks. Access for walkers, mountain bikers and skiers. Information Office in Tomintoul.

Kildrummy Castle Gardens

Early summer: rhododendrons, azaleas. Autumn: blazing colour. Alpine shrub & water gardens, video room, play area, walks. Garden accessible to wheelchairs. Located just west of Alford

Pitmedden Gardens

Pitmedden Gardens

Woodland walks, herb and wildlife gardens, picnic area, shop and tearoom.

Duthie Park Winter Gardens

Open all year. Europe's largest indoor garden collection. Flora and fauna from around the world, fish and birds, restaurant (summer). Admission free. Duthie Park is located to the south of Aberdeen city centre.

       

Visitor Attractions:

Alford Valley Railway

Alford. Narrow gauge passenger railway running from Alford Station to Haughton Country Park.

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses

Major exhibition of artefacts from lighthouses across Scotland. A visit includes a guided tour to the top of Kinnaird Head Lighthouse. Near Fraserburgh, off the A98 on a promontory.

Satrosphere

Satrosphere

Make science come alive at Satrosphere, Aberdeen's interactive science centre, with over 100 hands-on exhibits, shows, workshops and weekend events. Fun for families - and all grown ups who love to explore and experiment. Look into infinity, light up a plasma dome, leave your shadow behind, step inside a bubble, or see pink elephants  it's all possible at Satrosphere!

A'anside Studios

Tomintoul. Studios comprising of several sections: stainglassing where visitors can watch, gallery with large range of paintings and prints. Regular demonstrations of lacemaking, weaving etc. Gift shop.

Archaeolink Prehistory Park

Oyne village, near Inverurie. Indoor and outdoor attractions including computer simulations, galleries, presentations and reconstructions of an Iron Age farm and a Stone Age settlement.

Baxters Highland Village

Near Fochabers. The Highland Village overlooks the picturesque River Spey. Tour the lovingly recreated 19th Century Old Museum Shop of founder George Baxter.

Grassic Gibbon Centre

Arbuthnoot, adjacent to Arbuthnott Parish Hall. It comprises an exhibition of the author's writings and possessions together with an attractive cafe serving light meals and refreshments throughout the day.

Macduff Marine Aquarium

Macduff. The aquarium is the most northerly of Scotland's aquaria and has several unique features. The most obvious of these is the main tank, positioned right in the centre of the building and open to the sky. It is the deepest tank in Scotland and one of the deepest in Europe.

Keith and Dufftown Railway

Keith and Dufftown Railway

Dufftown. The railway carries passengers and runs between Dufftown and the market town of Keith.

Moray Firth Wildlife Centre

Spey Bay, north of Fochabers. The centre has an exhibition devoted to the dolphins and other wildlife found in and around the Moray Firth.

Macduff Marine Aquarium

Macduff, near Banff. Guided tours of the aquarium's displays from Moray Firth. Introduction to touch pool/ray tank area are available on request. There is also a regular programmeof events-videos, themed talks, feeding.

Logie Steading, Forres

Logie Steading, Forres

t: 01309 611733

The Visitor Centre has a gallery, secondhand bookshop, plant nursery, antiques shop(s) and various more ephemeral outlets, not to mention a great eating place, a walled garden and walks down by the Findhorn.

       

Distilleries:

Spirit of Speyside

Welcome to the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. Whisky, Music, Food & Fun in Malt Whisky Country.

Glenfiddich

 

Glenfarclas

 

Glen Moray

 

Glen Grant

 

Benromach

 

Glenlivet

 
       

Bike Hire:

Speyside Bikes

Speyside Bikes

Located in the very heart of Speyside we have top quality mountain bikes for hire both for adults and children. All our bikes (Trail Bikes and Double Suspension Mountain Bikes) are less than a year old and are professionally maintained to the highest standards. On the Speyside Way and only a couple of miles from the Moray Monster Trails site at Ben Aigen we are ideally located for your adventure holiday in Speyside.
tel: 01340 871270

     
       

Car Hire:

Aberdeen 4x4 Self Drive

Aberdeen
tel: 01224 790898

Arnold Clark

Aberdeen
tel: 01224 249159
Elgin
tel: 01343 547688

G&L Marshall

Huntly
tel: 01466 792594

 
       

Ferries:

Northlink Ferries

Ferries between Aberdeen, Orkney and Shetland.

     
       

Selected Accommodation in Aberdeen and Grampian
 

Hotels

Guest Houses

Bed & Breakfast

Gordon Hotel, Tomintoul
Minmore House Hotel, Glenlivet
The Cullen Bay Hotel, Cullen
Archiestown Hotel, Archiestown
Palm Court Hotel, Aberdeen
Station Hotel, Portsoy
Royal Hotel, Elgin
Learney Arms Hotel, Torphins, Banchory
Old Kildrummy Inn, Alford
Mill House Hotel, Buckie
Mansefield Hotel, Elgin
Laichmoray Hotel, Elgin
Masons Arms Hotel, Rosehearty
The Park Hotel, Macduff
St Olaf Hotel, Cruden Bay

Invernettie Guest House, Peterhead
Deveron Lodge, Turriff
Crawfords Guest House, Peterhead
Greenridge Guest House, Peterhead
Antrim Guest House, Aberdeen
Aden House, Mintlaw
Callater Lodge GH, Braemar
By The Bay GH, Cruden Bay
Fournet House, Dufftown

Craiglea B&B, Braemar
Ythan Valley B&B, Ellon
Morven, Forres
Old Road House, Dufftown
Hameleah, Mintlaw
Struan Hall, Aboyne
Ceilidh B&B, Lossiemouth
Gleniffer, Stonehaven
Speyburn House, Archiestown
Glendavan House, Aboyne
Old Mills Garden B&B, Elgin
Castleview B&B, Dufftown
Adina, Stonehaven
Inverebrie B&B, Ellon
Old Manse of Craggan, Glenlivet
Woodville, Glenlivet
Durn House, Portsoy
Ardoch Lodge, Keith
Bridge View, Craigellachie
Chapelhill Croft B&B, Keith
Cardhu House, Knockando
Osborne House, Ballater
Springfield, Forres
Bede House, Ellon
Ardivot House, Lossiemouth
Glebe House, Fraserburgh
Urlamore B&B, Tomintoul
Royal Deeside Cottage, Banchory
Lost Guest House, Peterhead
Jomarnic B&B, Lossiemouth
Willowbank B&B, Elgin
Thistle Dhu B&B, Glenlivet
White Heather B&B, Inverurie
Twentyfourshorehead B&B, Stonehaven
Dullan Brae Accommodation, Dufftown
Broomhead B&B, Dufftown
Lochton House B&B, Banchory
Linkbraeheads B&B, Portsoy
Batview Guest House & Caravans, Peterhead

Self-Catering

Caravans

Hostels/Bunkhouses

78 Seatown, Cullen
Easter Corrie, Glenlivet
Puffins Cottage, Pennan
Livet Cottage, Tomintoul
Alt-na-voir, Tomintoul
Deskie Farmhouse Annex, Glenlivet
The Creative Retreat, Gardenstown
Tulloch Lodges, Forres
Ashberry Court Apartment, Aberdeen
Gannet Cottage, Gardenstown
Birchbank House, Craigellachie
The Farm Steading, Aberlour
Fordyce Castle, Cullen
St Margaret's Cottage, Fordyce
Rockpool Cottage, Pennan
Syracuse Lodge, Ballater
Aberdeen City Apartments
Findhorn View, Findhorn
Curlew Cottage, Burghead
Castle Apartment, Drumtochty
Inverey, Ballater
Brawliemuir Cottages, Johnshaven
Bluefolds Cottages, Glenlivet
Two Bears Cottage, Gardenstown
Abbey Guest House, Peterhead
Seilie Cottage, Gardenstown
Cults Court, Aberdeen
Morrone Cottage, Braemar
Glenlivet Lodge, Glenlivet
1 Pitgaveny Court, Lossiemouth
8 Low Shore, Whitehills
Arbuthnott Cottages, Laurencekirk
Boyne House Apartment, Forres
Rosebay Cottage, Findhorn
Lodge Log Cabin, Ellon
Sandend Cottage, Sandend
Hillview Cottages, Strichen
Drumhead Cottage, Banchory
Anniston Farm Cottages, Inverbervie
Mill of Nethermill Cottages, Pennan
Harbour View, Gardenstown
Seaview Properties, Peterhead
Cairngorm Lodges, Aboyne
Albert's Cottage, Gardenstown
Mossyards, Elgin
The Haven, Cullen
Allachy House, Aberlour
Brown's Guest House, Peterhead
Acorn Bothy, Alford
Keyhead Guest House, Peterhead
Elmhill Apartment, Aberdeen
Farm House, New Aberdour
Peterhead Lodges, Peterhead
Braehead Croft, Portnessie, Buckie
Seatown Beach House, Lossiemouth

 

Cullen Harbour Hostel, Cullen
Findhorn Village Hostel, Findhorn

Serviced Apartments

   

 

   
 

 
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