From magnificent mountains in the Cairngorm National Park to stunning beaches and coastlines, Aberdeen City and Shire is an enormous area just waiting to be explored. Grab your walking boots and discover this fantastic region by foot. From the amazing scenery, wonderful wildlife and fascinating history, there is certainly plenty to keep you occupied.
Old Aberdeen and Beach Circuit
Walk along a fabulous path and into the picturesque riverside and woodland. Discover the cobbled streets and historic buildings on the journey, including the Cathedral of Old Aberdeen.
Walk the sands of St Cyrus beach before climbing the cliffs for magnificent views of Aberdeenshire and its coastline. Return below the cliffs, passing the nature reserve well-known for its grasslands, flowers and pretty butterflies.
Pass the charming Loch of Aboyne, following a lochside route and through the woodland beyond to climb the steep hill of Mortlich for wonderful views over Deeside.
One of the best ways to explore Aberdeenshire is on two wheels. It’s host to a number of quiet routes, ways and trails which make it a great place to cycle. The cycle routes range in difficulty so there is one available for all abilities.
With many dedicated cycle trails in Aberdeenshire, the region comes up trumps for those who prefer mountain biking. The Pitfichie Mountain Bike Trails, near Alford are a cross-country riding dreamland, with the added bonus of Red and Black-graded sections. Throughout the summer months the Lecht ski centre offers an uphill ride on the three-man chairlift with your bike before a descent of easy or intermediate-graded mountain tracks.
If you are looking for an easy cycle ride that the family can join in on, then try the 7 mile route from Insch to Oyne. This route allows you to cycle along at your own pace and discover many historic sites located on the route along the way.
Just to the south of Aberdeen, there is a 25 mile route from Stonehaven to Inverbervie road. This route is moderate to difficult in ability and is part of National Cycle route 1, travelling through the beautiful villages of Kineff and Catterline before passing the remarkable cliff top fortress of Dunnottar Castle.
On the Moray coast you can cycle the 13 miles from Aberdour Bay to Banff. This charming route follows quiet country roads alongside the coastline. Why not stop at Rosehearty on your travels. Rosehearty is one of the oldest seaports in Scotland. Pitsligo Castle is also on this route.
With over 300 castles including Balmoral Castle - part of the Royal Estate since 1848 - Aberdeenshire is an enchanting and magnificent place to visit. If you want to see as much of the castles as possible go on Aberdeenshire's Castle Trail which takes visitors to 17 of Scotland's most iconic castles.
Other historic attractions and points of interests in Aberdeenshire include the oldest granite cathedral in the world - St Machar's Cathedral; and the Aberdeen Maritime Museum and Arbuthnott Museum which both showcase exhibits on the region's rich maritime history.
If you are visiting The Aberdeenshire with your family and have youngsters to keep amused, do not worry! There is plenty to do in Aberdeenshire including activities and events all year round that will keep the whole family engaged. Everything from Doonies Farm to exploring Crathes Castle. There really is something for everyone, no matter what the ages are or the interests. To find out more please visit our Things To Do section.
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