Local Area things to do and see

With rolling hills, open farmland and towering mountains in the west and sweeping beaches, coastal cliffs and panoramic skies in the east, Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire has plenty of room for you to relax and breathe. Speak to locals and hear the traditional local accent, Doric, visit the stately castles like Royal Deeside and take in the splendour of the vast Cairngorms National Park.

Aberdeenshire is famous for its granite - a silvery-grey rock that is packed with tiny sparkling crystals. In the city you'll see lots of stunning buildings made of this sparkling stone - just one of the qualities that makes Aberdeen unique.

Stretching from the Banffshire coast in the north all the way around to St Cyrus National Nature Reserve St Cyrus National Nature Reserve in the east, Aberdeenshire's beautiful coastline is dotted with pretty seaside towns, rugged cliffs and sandy bays. The Aberdeenshire coast is home to plenty of swooping 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. OUT IN THE COUNTRYSIDE

Don't miss Royal Deeside - home to Balmoral Castle, the summer residence of the Royal Family - and the Cairngorms National Park - full of peaks, deep glens, waterfalls and other natural wonders. Look out for red deer, golden eagles and red squirrels too. Huge salmon and trout are regularly caught on sparkling rivers, including the River Dee and River Deveron, while Aberdeenshire's links and parkland golf courses are simply stunning.

As you explore you'll find more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK. Golden hued whisky is hand crafted at centuries-old distilleries and fantastic open air events bring everyone together, including the Highland games and traditional festivals.

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