Find out more about the following tourist trails to explore in Aberdeenshire:
- Historic Bridges trail
- Castle trail
- Coastal trail
- Historic Churches trail
- Secret Malts of Aberdeenshire trail
- Stone Circle trail
- Pictish Stone trail
- Peterhead Town trail
- Victorian Heritage trail
From an Iron Age route over the Cairn O’ Mount to the Hanoverian Military Roads between Deeside and Donside and along the dramatic 130 mile North East Coastline, the Aberdeenshire Historic Bridges Trail (pdf 1.21MB) takes you through 2,800 years of history on a 300 mile circular route around Aberdeenshire.
Aberdeenshire is known as ‘Scotland’s Castle County’, with 300 castles, stately mansions and ruins scattered across the landscape, and more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK. Explore the 19 magnificent sites along Scotland’s Castle Trail (pdf 4.09MB) the only one of its kind in the country. Discover the dark, dramatic and often gruesome stories that bring the rich heritage of these historic fortresses to life.
Did you know that Aberdeenshire’s coast was rated as one of the most scenic in the world by National Geographic magazine? Explore the 165-mile signposted Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail (pdf 4.68MB) to see the delights of this incredible part of Scotland for yourself. You’ll discover dramatic clifftop walks, captivating coves, beautiful nature reserves with an abundance of wildlife, expansive beaches, charming towns and villages, world-class links and parkland golf courses and much more besides.
Find out about 12 of Aberdeenshire's most interesting Historic Churches and how to visit them in the Historic Churches leaflet (pdf 14.4MB).
Within an hour’s drive of Aberdeen, there are a number of small and intimate distilleries that are less well known than their cousins ‘over the hill’ in Speyside. We call these the ‘Secret Malts of Aberdeenshire (pdf 3.94MB) ’. Of the eight distilleries featured in this guide, most of them are relatively small in scale but each has its own distinctive history, style and taste. Visitors can get a real insight into the science and art of the distiller, whose skills have remained almost unchanged for hundreds of years.
A guide to the best Stone Circles (pdf 9.67MB) in Aberdeenshire. Around 10% of the total number of stone circles recorded in Britain can be found in Aberdeenshire, and the region even boats its own unique style of circle – the Recumbent Stone Circle. Explore Prehistoric Standing and Recumbent Stone Circles of North East Scotland, and find out more in our Archaeology section.
As one of the heartlands of the Pictish Community, Aberdeenshire is home to a large number of the elaborately decorated Symbol Stones for which the Picts are famed. Visit 10 of the best with the Pictish Stone Trail (pdf 12.4MB).
This is a walking tour around Peterhead – Aberdeenshire’s biggest town – and highlights over four hundred years of history, stories, events, local scandals, gossip and sensations. The trail is made up of a short route, which concentrates on the town centre and harbour, with an optional longer walk along the northern edge, which takes in beaches, wildlife and some of Buchan’s fabulous coastline. Along the way are 21 panels telling some of the stories. View the Peterhead Town trail map (pdf 2.42MB).
Royal Deeside has been a favourite holiday destination of the Royal Family ever since Queen Victoria and Prince Albert first visited and fell in love with the Balmoral Estate in 1848. Since then successive generations of the Royal Family have adopted the area as their tranquil retreat. The Victorian Heritage Trail pinpoints many of the historic places that make the picturesque Dee and Don Valleys, in the north east of Scotland, a truly majestic place.