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Welcome to The Glenfiddich Distillery Enjoy a warm welcome and a memorable whisky experience at this family-owned distillery in Dufftown. The Glenfiddich Distillery is one of the few family-owned distilleries in Scotland. Built by hand in 1886 by William Grant, his wife and their seven sons and two daughters, it represented the fulfilment of William’s long-held dream to create the best dram in the valley. On Christmas Day 1887, the first spirit ran from the copper stills and was named Glenfiddich, Gaelic for Valley of the Deer. Over 130 years later, Glenfiddich is still owned and run by the fifth generation of William’s family, who have retained a commitment to time-honoured whisky-making techniques. The Distillery still employs its own team of craftsmen including stillmen and coopers, uses wooden washbacks and retains the very small still size, which originates from 1886. Glenfiddich is now sold in more than 180 countries worldwide and has won more awards than any other single malt.

“We want to make sure that our visitors enjoy a whisky experience that leaves them as passionate about this very special dram as we are”

A warm welcome awaits at The Glenfiddich Distillery Visitor Centre, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019. The visitor centre was the first of its kind for the Scotch whisky industry and provides a fascinating insight into the making and heritage of this special whisky. Visitors can choose one of four tours, each including a master class nosing and tasting of at least four whiskies. They will also visit Glenfiddich’s original warehouses to see casks of gently maturing spirit. They can also sample a dram in the Malt Barn Bar, which has the largest range of Glenfiddich pouring whiskies in the world. An award-winning chef serves up delicious Scottish fare in the Distillery’s Malt Barn café with coffees, cakes and light dishes available for visitors to enjoy. The Glenfiddich Gift Shop sells a range of luxury products and whisky-related accessories, as well as a selection of delicious Glenfiddich whiskies, including a number of distillery exclusives. Shoppers can also bottle a cask strength 15 Year Old single malt or create a personalised label for a 12, 15 or 18 year old Glenfiddich. The Glenfiddich Gallery Collection in the Glenfiddich Gift Shop is a unique feature that allows whisky connoisseurs and enthusiasts to use a specially-developed taste-profiling tool and design software to choose a whisky from a selection of five rare casks and to customize its label and packaging.


Visitors touring the distillery can also view a number of works created by leading international contemporary artists as part of Glenfiddich’s renowned Artists in Residence Programme. Beth Galloway from William Grant & Sons said; “We have several different levels of tour to choose from, whether you’re a whisky novice or a real connoisseur. Glenfiddich attracts visitors from all over the world, all keen to trace the heritage of their favourite malt, so we offer tours in English or other languages upon request. We want to make sure that our visitors enjoy a whisky experience that leaves them as passionate about this very special dram as we are.”

Visit www.glenfiddich.com for tour details, times and prices (Pre-booking required for some tours) The Glenfiddich Distillery lies on the A941 half a mile north of Dufftown. The Glenfiddich Distillery Dufftown, Banffshire AB55 4DH T. 01340 820373 E. glenfiddichbookings@wgrant.com Skilfully crafted. Enjoy Responsibly Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a trademark of William Grant & Sons Ltd


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72 hours

10 things

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Our top things to do in this diverse region... Page 30

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CONTENTS Welcome...................................................................................... 09 Aberdeenshire is a region like no other!

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History all around.......................................................................10 Our fascinating – and occasionally bloody – past defines the region as you see it today.

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Let’s go there...............................................................................16 Whatever the time of year, and whatever the weather, there’s always plenty to do here.

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Ten things you must do........................................................... 30 There are loads of things to do here – make sure you don’t miss these.

Like to shop? You’ll love it here............................................. 32 High street chains, one-off independents and quirky specialists – they’re all waiting for the shopaholic.

If you’re only here for 72 hours.............................................. 46 You can pack a lot into a few days – try this itinerary to make the most of it.

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Discover Orkney & Shetland With some of the world’s oldest architecture and magnificent archaeological sites, rich culture, festivals, breath-taking scenery and award winning local food and drink - Scotland’s Northern Isles are the perfect destination for you to discover this year.

Built in 1943 by Italian prisoners of war, the Italian Chapel was exquisitely painted by Domenic Chiocchetti – a gifted painter from Moena, Italy.

With departures from Scrabster and Aberdeen, from the moment you step on board, our vessels offer the very best in comfort and safety. Dine on board as you set sail and enjoy award winning, seasonal menus using locallysourced food and drink. For those travelling from Scrabster, the MV Hamnavoe is the only vessel to sail past the Old Man of Hoy, one of the tallest sea stacks in Britain. Catch a glimpse of this Orkney icon on the top deck of MV Hamnavoe during the 90 minute sailing.

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Shetland’s most famous residents – Shetland Ponies – are easily spotted as you travel across the islands. Standing at just 42 inches high, these captivating animals are instantly recognisable, charming and endearing.


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Nightlife

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A taste of Scotland – and the world...................................... 50 Top-end fine dining, adventurous independents and a great range of ethnic cuisine means you’ll never go hungry here.

Ten reasons to love this region.............................................. 66 There are dozens of reasons to love it here – check out a few of our favourites.

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A region at the heart of art....................................................... 68 The local arts scene continues to flourish in a region which has played host to the greats, ancient and modern.

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Aberdeenshire’s wide and winding roads are perfect for road cycling

Welcome to the night............................................................... 76 Whether it’s old-fashioned Scottish pubs and bars, or jumping nightclubs, you’ll have lots of fun here.

Our sporting life......................................................................... 82 Whether you want to watch or take part, there’s plenty to do here.

Getting here and getting around............................................ 87 Be it by road, rail, air, sea or sky, this area is easily accessible.

Let’s explore................................................................................ 92 Although you’ll never run out of things to do here, it’s also a great base to head further afield.

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e are, of course, biased, but we think there’s nowhere else quite like Aberdeenshire. With its rich history, superb shopping, world-class sporting and leisure venues, cultural hotspots and year-round entertainment, it rivals any European city, and the visitor’s choice of restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes and hotels just keeps on growing... Our region’s hoteliers work very hard to maintain and improve the quality of our hotels and standards of service, as is borne out by our higher-star ratings and number of awards gained each year in various tourism guides. The corporate, tourism, retail and cultural sectors of city and shire work very closely together to offer visitors a varied experience of the area. We know that visitors to our region are always pleasantly surprised at how vibrant our region is for both business and pleasure. If this is your first visit to the area, we’re sure you’ll enjoy the experience, and we hope Aberdeenshire becomes a regular destination for you! l

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both its stunning architecture and stirring history. The castle served as a baronial residence for five centuries and underwent several transformations before reaching its present form. The surviving remains at the site tell the story of the development of the Scottish castle from the motte and bailey of the 12th century, through the tower-house castle of the later Middle Ages, to the stately stone palace of the 17th century. In terms of historical significance, Huntly Castle certainly holds a position in Scottish history. The castle gave shelter to Robert the Bruce during his struggle with England in the early 14th century, and the first stone castle on the site witnessed the height of the struggle between the Stewart king, James II, and the over-powerful Black Douglas family. The grandeur of the castle and the importance of the Gordons meant that royalty, and others of distinction, often visited and enjoyed its splendid architecture which features many impressive characteristics including fine heraldic sculptures and inscribed stone riezes. Present-day visitors can also enjoy these aspects of the castle and interpretative displays bring the site to life. p12

cotland’s rich heritage spans the length and breadth of the nation, from Shetland to Dumfries and Galloway. Hundreds of fantastic, historic properties from prehistoric dwellings to castles, abbeys and cathedrals tell the story of Scotland and the people who have called it home. Visitors to Aberdeenshire, known as Scotland’s castle and whisky country, have the opportunity to explore both the dramatic coastline and the wide open rolling countryside found inland. This is an area that has a rich prehistoric and historic heritage and it is home to a number of intriguing Historic Environment Scotland (HES) sites that offer a fascinating insight into the past. HES cares for the largest number of historic visitor attractions in the country, holding the key to more than 5,000 years of Scottish history and culture. These attractions offer great days out for both young and old, with lots to see and do. This area is home to 23 HES properties including six castles and eight significant stone sites. Huntly Castle, the most visited HES property in this area, is the ancient seat of the Gordons and is remarkable for

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Picardy Symbol Stone

“St Margaret’s is helping me to travel the path to success with heart, wisdom and courage.” VI Senior Drama Student There is the opportunity to take away a memento from your visit with a gift from the shop and even enjoy a picnic in the grounds. Not far south from Huntly Castle, open during the summer months, is the popular Kildrummy Castle. Although ruined, there is still an atmosphere of confidence and also serenity. It is not known who built the castle and when, but evidence points to an earl of Mar and a date somewhere in the middle of the 13th century. Throughout its long and distinguished history Kildrummy was never far from the political spotlight. During the wars with England in the early 14th century the castle gave shelter to the Bruce family and its strength was tested on several occasions. It was with John Erskine’s ill-fated Jacobite risings in 1715 that Kildrummy’s story came to an end. At this time it was abandoned as a fortress and residence, and the ruins are now all that remain. Further inland, with a remote moorland setting, is Corgarff Castle. The impression that Corgarff is something out of the ordinary is confirmed as you draw near and the 18th-century star-shaped perimeter wall surrounding the tower is revealed. Many tower houses were seen as old fashioned by the 1700s and Corgarff would probably have been left to decay had it not been for its important strategic position. Notable in the castle’s history is the horrific

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Tolquhon Castle is one of the more picturesque castles in the Grampian countryside

tragedy of 1571 when 24 people died in a fire; this story is remembered in the ballad Edom o’ Gordon. Today the castle stands in beautiful, tranquil countryside, offering a reflective insight into the area’s past. With such a setting sturdy footwear is recommended for visitors as they enjoy the interpretive signage around the site. Noted for its highly-ornamental gatehouse, Tolquhon Castle is one of the more picturesque castles in the Grampian countryside. Although a noble residence for over 500 years, the present ruins are largely the hallmark of William Forbes, seventh lord of Tolquhon. In 1584 he instigated a comprehensive rebuilding programme at the site and following its completion six years later he had a house that was one of the finest of its day. Sadly William did not have long to enjoy his new house as he died in 1596: he had built an elaborate monumental tomb in Tarves Kirkyard, which is one of the most noteworthy monuments of its kind in Scotland with a interesting mixture of Gothic and Renaissance elements. Both the castle and the tomb are open to the public all year round, telling a remarkable family history which visitors can reflect on with a picnic in the castle grounds. The importance of the Pictish heritage of the Aberdeenshire area is demonstrated with a number of significant stone sites.

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“ONE OF THE GRANDEST CASTLES OF MAR, CASTLE FRASER, WAS COMPLETED IN 1636 AND CONTAINS A VERY EVOCATIVE GREAT HALL”

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The Picardy Symbol Stone, eight miles south of Huntly, is one of the oldest, simplest Pictish symbol stones possibly from as early as the 7th century. Just north of Kirkton, the Dyce Symbol Stones are also worth a visit. One has the older type of incised symbols and other has symbols accompanied by a cross and decoration. Just north west of Inverurie is the Brandsbutt Symbol Stone, an early example with an ogham inscription, and there is also the Maiden Stone which is a 9th-century cross slab which bears a cross on one side and Pictish symbols on the other. These are just a few of the sites in the care of HES in the Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire area. The rich built heritage of the area is really outstanding and with so much to see and explore you are guaranteed never to have a dull moment. Crathes Castle, just outside Banchory, is one of the National Trust for Scotland’s best loved properties. Dating from the late 16th century, this is a fairytale castle, complete with turrets and towers, and some rooms retain their magnificent original painted ceilings. Outside, the famous gardens with their great yew hedges and colourful herbaceous borders are not to be missed. Nearby, Drum Castle combines a 13th-century tower with a Jacobean mansion house and has a great collection of furniture and paintings on display. An exciting new development at Drum has been the creation of an exhibition space designed to showcase contemporary art in a traditional setting. The grounds are also well worth a visit, with the notable Garden of Historic Roses, and a play park for the little ones in the Old Wood of Drum. Further north, near Turriff, Fyvie Castle can trace its origins back to the 13th-century and its opulent Edwardian interiors, its superb collections of arms and armour and its renowned art collection, featuring work by Raeburn and Gainsborough, make for a memorable visit. One of the grandest Castles of Mar, Castle Fraser, was completed in 1636 and contains a very evocative Great Hall. In the grounds are a secluded walled garden and extensive woodland walks, which provide fine views of this picturesque castle. Tackle the wilds of the Woodland Secrets adventure playground with wooden sculptures, tipis and a treehouse. Also north of Aberdeen is Haddo House, originally designed by William Adam in 1732 and refurbished in 1880, combining Georgian architecture with Victorian interiors. Throughout the house, family portraits, sculptures and memorabilia build up a fascinating history of the Gordon family over the centuries and generations. Garden lovers should make a point of visiting nearby Pitmedden Garden, with its five miles of box hedging arranged in intricate patterns to form six parterres, filled with some 40,000 plants each year, bursting with summer colour. l

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Tweedie Beasties are loveable creatures created in Ballater, Royal Deeside.

Roaring Stag Coffee Roasters are a small batch coffee roastery based in Ballater, Royal Deeside. We use age old traditional methods to roast green coffee beans from around the world. Come and see our shop for delicious coffee, gifts and accessories. 13 Bridge Street, Ballater AB35 5QP

Made from finest Harris Tweed, these doorstops are completely unique. A perfect gift if you want something handmade and original. Find us at: 13 Bridge Street, Ballater, AB35 5QP

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With spectacular loch and mountain views, get away from it all at The Lodge on the Loch Spa Retreat... There’s no better way to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life than taking a relaxing Scottish Highlands spa break. Reflect Spa offers you all the cosmopolitan luxury of an exclusive urban health spa – with that something extra – natural tranquillity. So leave the city behind and enjoy a spa break amidst the majestic mountains and river landscape of Royal Deeside. With our own Spa and golf facilities, we are an ideal base to visit the major attractions and activities that the Highlands are famous for, including castles, distilleries and activities such as walking and cycling in the most stunning of terrains.

The Lodge on the Loch of Aboyne, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire AB34 5BR info@thelodgeontheloch.com 013398 86444

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wealth of sights and sounds are just waiting to be discovered here including a fantastic range of visitor attractions, beaches, gardens, Highland Games, golf courses and festivals. There is truly something for everyone. Aberdeen, with a proud and fascinating history, is a prosperous city, with a historical old town and has one of Scotland’s most striking skylines. The impressive granite buildings such as Marischal College, His Majesty’s Theatre and St Machar’s Cathedral give the city its distinctive look, whilst historical Old Aberdeen and the fishing village of Footdee (known locally as Fittie) possess an unmistakable air of time gone by. Its association with the sea has shaped its destiny, from its citizens’ fishing livelihood to the North Sea oil boom. Unquestionably it has some of the best beaches in Scotland. Aberdeen beach is renowned the length and breadth of the country for its ‘golden sands’ and Balmedie Beach, five miles north of Aberdeen, also has unspoilt miles of sands and high dunes. A largely unknown gem lies south of the city. St Cyrus beach, just to the north of the mouth of the North Esk river, consists of a mile of golden sand backed by cliffs. These cliffs are south facing and this helps to warm the area. The climate is reflected in the wide range of plants, not common in Scotland, found there. The whole area is a National Nature Reserve for its plants, butterflies and landforms and there are also breeding raptors and fulmars on the cliffs, and lots of songbirds in the bushes at the foot of the cliffs. The city and shire also have a strong association with gardens and gardening. The work of rose breeders fills fields and hillsides, and their produce lines roads, streets, parks, gardens and estates. Rose gardens can be found at Crathes Castle, Drum Castle and at Hazlehead Park in Aberdeen. For rock gardens visit Leith Hall, Kildrummy or p21

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Balmoral S COTTISH H OME TO THE ROYAL FAMILY

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Insch, AB52 6SN On the A96, between Inverurie & Huntly Open 7 Days, 9.00am - 5.00pm T: 01464 851114 | www.kellockbank.co.uk

4 star multi-activity outdoor adventure centre; Quads, karts, clays, 4x4 offroading, archery, target shooting, fishing & much more. Restaurant & farm shop serving our own Cairnton Aberdeen Angus beef & other local produce. 4 star self-catering holiday cottages on a working beef farm.

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DISTILLERY TOUR & VISITOR CENTRE Visit our distillery at the edge of the beautiful Sandend Bay and discover our Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Tour Booking & Visitor Centre See our website www.glenglassaugh.com For information and opening hours

The Glenglassaugh Distillery, Portsoy, Aberdeenshire AB45 2SQ

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Tour Booking & Visitor Centre See our website www.glendronachdistillery.co.uk For information and opening hours

VISIT GLENDRONACH DISTILLERY TO EXPERIENCE 200 YEARS OF HISTORY & START YOUR OWN JOURNEY OF REDISCOVERY.

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Ballindalloch castles. For Victorian gardens, you’re just as spoilt for choice, so don’t miss Union Terrace Gardens or those at the Gordon Highlanders’ Museum in Viewfield Road. Aberdeen has won a number of Britain in Bloom awards over the years and is famed in particular for the Rose Mound and the David Welch Winter Gardens in Duthie Park, one of the largest indoor gardens in Europe and a top Scottish visitor attraction. Union Terrace Gardens, right in the heart of the city, dates back to the Victorian era and is an oasis of greenery within a commercial granite landscape. The Cruickshank Botanic Garden is situated in Old Aberdeen on the King’s College campus of the University of Aberdeen and is a partnership between the University and the Cruickshank Charitable Trust. The garden exists to promote an appreciation of the beauty, diversity and importance of plants, and an understanding of their role in the natural world. This beautiful and peaceful 11-acre garden offers year round interest to visitors. It has shrub borders, a rock and water garden, sunken garden, rose garden, herbaceous border and an arboretum, and houses a nationally important collection of more than 2,500 labelled plants. Looking for something for the kids? Try Codona’s Beach Amusement Park in Aberdeen, Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool or The Den and the Glen, at Maryculter, a magical world of make-believe and fun for children (and adults) of all ages, set amidst 28 acres of spectacular scenic beauty on Royal Deeside. Children can see more than 100 of their favourite nursery rhyme and fairytale characters and both adults and children can enjoy exquisite flowers and plants, majestic trees, secret waterfalls, exotic animals and fairytale houses and eat at the selfservice restaurant which offers healthy food. Aberdeen Science Centre, formally known as Satrosphere, offers a more educational option, but is still a lot of fun. The centre aims to foster a lifelong interest in science by creating engaging experiences. It is currently located at a temporary site in George

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Street while a £4.7 million redevelopment of its Constitution Street premises goes ahead. The transformed state-of-the-art Science Centre is due to open in 2020. The Zoology Museum, part of the University of Aberdeen and located within part of the university’s School of Biological Science building, is also popular with the younger generations. The museum consists of two floors of specimens, models, and displays that represent everything from protozoa to giant whales. The museum is currently free and open to the public. It is closed on weekends. As you explore the city you are constantly reminded of its inextricable connection with the sea and the Torry Battery, an artillery battery that was built in 1860 overlooking Aberdeen Harbour, has considerable historical significance. The battery was in use until 1956 and although currently in ruins you can still see many elements of the complex, including the entrance gate, sections of the walls, a gun emplacement, and barracks. Beyond the Torry Battery, are two lighthouses: The South Breakwater Lighthouse was built in 1815, while the second, p25

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Perth is a hub for culture and arts. Nestled on the banks of the River Tay, it boasts a wealth of history, culture and entertainment.

Why not start your visit by popping in to one of our many pavement café’s around St John’s Place, and take in the great views of the historic 15th century St John’s Kirk. If Perth’s medieval history appeals, follow the route of the old city walls along Canal Street, Methven Street and Mill Street. Take the time to check out Perth Museum and Art Gallery: approaching its 200th birthday it is one of the oldest museums in the UK. There is something of interest for everyone, with permanent exhibitions displaying the artistic, social, and natural history of the district.

Keep up the culture fix with a visit to the Fergusson Gallery, which celebrates the life and work of JD Fergusson, the great pioneer of modern art; and his wife, Margaret Morris, inspired choreographer, artist, movement therapist and author. With the publication of ‘Fair Maid of Perth’, by Sir Walter Scott, Perth was dubbed ‘The Fair City’. You can still visit the house featured in the novel, now transformed into a visitor and educational centre by The Royal Scottish Geographical Society. It features displays on geographical issues and the history of Perth. Within the


house you can see a substantial section of Mediaeval Wall, part of the Blackfriar’s Monastery where the Scottish King James I was killed in 1437. For lunch, Perth offers no shortage of award-winning eateries. The city centre is renowned for its fantastic food & drink, offering a great range of cuisines. Or find all the ingredients for a fabulous picnic in the award-winning bakers and delicatessens that make Perth City Centre a foodie’s paradise.

Perth offers no shortage of awardwinning eateries Work off lunch by taking a leisurely stroll around the city’s two spacious public parks, the North and South Inch. The city is a consistent Beautiful Britain award winner, and you can follow various walks, and trails such as the River Tay Public Arts Trail. This features 22 different sculptures, which draw inspiration from the river and its wildlife; and the city’s history. Balhousie Castle, on the North Inch, is home of the Black Watch Museum. Recently awarded 5 star status by the Scottish Tourist Board, it tells almost three centuries of history for this elite regiment. It also has a great café and gift shop.

Gardeners and botanists head to Branklyn Garden, overlooking the city, to see its outstanding collection of rhododendrons, alpines, herbaceous and peat-garden plants. Branklyn holds national collections of various plants, including the striking and unusual vivid blue Himalayan poppy, Meconopsis. Visitors can also take in the developing national collection of heathers. It is planned the garden will host 950 species of heather, forming an important and unique national collection. Back in the city centre, a great selection of unique independent boutiques sit alongside well-known big-name stores to offer a little retail therapy. If shopping’s not your bag, Perth is also a dream location for lovers of the great outdoors: there are many great routes for cycling and walking. Or take in a round of golf at the King James VI Golf Club on the outskirts of Perth, (or relive the Ryder Cup spirit on the famous Gleneagles course). You can also try your hand with a rod and reel, at the Willowgate Fisheries. It comprises a 9-acre fly-only trout loch and four miles of Salmon fishing on the River Tay. You can also hire canoes and paddle boards from the Activity Centre, and take part in organised excursions on the river. For alternative water sport, visit Perth Leisure Pool, one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions since it opened in 1988. This wonderful

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Perth is also a dream location for lovers of the great outdoors venue boasts training water, leisure water, flumes, a gym, health suite and so much more. As thoughts turn to dinner, look out for the restaurants that serve the great selection of home grown local produce. There are plenty to choose from! After dinner entertainment ranges from fantastic theatre, events and concerts at either Perth Concert Hall or Perth Theatre, or check out a film at The Playhouse, Perth’s independent 7-screen cinema that also features an IMAX screen. To end the day, Perth has loads of bustling pubs and slick bars, all in close proximity, with a number holding of the coveted Best Bar None award. With great live music on offer to boot, there is definitely something for everyone.

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Girdle Ness Lighthouse, was built in 1833 by renowned engineer Robert Stevenson, grandfather of the famed writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Both lighthouses are still in use. For those who prefer more active pursuits hill walking is a real option and there are over 30 Munros and Corbetts in Aberdeenshire alone. Whether you’re taking on the challenge of your first Munro or you’re touring the 282 Munros found in Scotland, expect breathtaking views as you look out over some of Scotland’s most striking landscapes. Walkers from far and wide travel to Aberdeenshire eager to tick off four of highest mountains in the UK, including Ben Macdui, Braeriach, Cairn Toul and Sgor an Lochain Uaine. Not forgetting one of the most popular munros in Aberdeenshire – the mighty Lochnagar. The Lairig Ghru is Scotland’s most famous mountain pass covering 19 miles of outstanding natural beauty from Braemar to Aviemore. In the summer months Scotland, and the north east in particular, comes alive with the skirl of the pipes as Highland Games season gets into full swing between May and September. Highland Games have their origins in the Scottish clan system and date back over

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ROYAL DEESIDE RAILWAY Milton of Crathes, Banchory AB31 5QH The railway is a two mile restored section of the original Royal Deeside line from Aberdeen to Ballater. Trains are pulled by steam and diesel locomotives on weekends and Wednesdays in school holidays with on board refreshments. Restored Victorian station with local railway memorabilia and shop at Milton of Crathes.

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Admission prices £3.00 per person Bucket of feed £1.00

Visit the Moray Firth Dolphins On the RIB, for a fast, adrenaline fuelled trip along the Moray coast or on the Cruiser, for a calmer, family friendly experience. We hope to introduce you to our pod of resident dolphins plus any other marine life along the way.

Doonies Rare Breeds Farm is one of only two Rare Breeds Survival Trust Approved conservation farm parks in Scotland. We cover 134 acres on the southern side of Aberdeen and specialise in breeding rare and endangered breeds of British livestock that are at risk of extinction.

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Aberdeen Beach and Queens Links is famous for its golden sand and its long curved length

The area is also home to a number of family food businesses with famous products such as Walker’s Shortbread, Mackie’s ice cream and Baxters of Speyside. And, of course, there is Scotland’s most famous export of all – whisky. Aberdeenshire is home to more than half of Scotland’s distilleries and you can sample some of the best malts on the world’s only Malt Whisky Trail. The Trail is a partnership of nine whisky destinations. These partner organisations range from active distilleries like Benromach, Glen Grant, Glen Moray, Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet, and Strathlisa, to historic distilleries such as Dallas Dhu, and The Speyside Cooperage, where a great deal of Scotland’s whisky casks are processed. Few regions anywhere can boast so much fine food and drink and there is no better place to tempt your tastebuds than in the landscape which inspired them. Aberdeen is also a compact city with a well-developed bus system including an excellent park-andride scheme. Almost all the places of visitor interest – King’s College, Provost Ross’s House, Maritime Museum, a variety of shopping malls, Provost Skene’s House, the Harbour and Union Street – are within easy walking distance of one another. During the summer months an open top bus tour departing from Marischal College with a hop-on and hop-off service is also available to ensure you don’t miss a thing. l

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Little Treasures A delightful collection of vintage and modern toys, miniatures and over 350 dolls houses displayed in a beautiful, light space in the former Methodist church in Banff. The museum is packed with exhibits, from toy cars to Barbies to vintage tinplate to elements of a Victorian childhood and so much more… The museum welcomes coach trips and school visits. Free parking.

Opening times April – October Wednesday – Sunday 10am-4.30pm (Closed Monday and Tuesday)

Seafield Street, Banff, Aberdeenshire AB45 1DR Tel: 01261 390 391

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OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Balmoral Castle; With 55 golf courses, Aberdeenshire is a golfing paradise; Footdee is a small fishing village at the mouth of the Dee and Aberdeen harbour; A bowl of Cullen skink soup; LEFT His Majesty’s Theatre; BELOW The BrewDog eco-brewery in Ellon is one of the most technologically advanced in the world

[01] SEE A SHOW IN AWE-INSPIRING SURROUNDINGS

Billy Connolly said performing at His Majesty’s Theatre was like ‘playing a gig inside a wedding cake’. You too can embrace the opulent surroundings as you watch award-winning musical theatre, contemporary dance and acclaimed stage plays.

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[02] DO THE NORTH EAST 250 The ‘ultimate road trip’, is making its mark following in the footsteps of other major Scottish touring routes. The North East 250 will take you on a journey of local discovery through the famous Granite City, into the depths of the Cairngorms National Park and along some 165 miles of coastline. [03] VISIT AN ECO-BREWERY Now a global player in the craft beer market, BrewDog’s origins are steeped firmly in the North East. You can visit its eco state-of-theart brewery in Ellon, north east of Aberdeen, and see how the brewing alchemists create the highly-praised beer. [04] TASTE A BOWL OF CULLEN SKINK Cullen is a small fishing village in the North East of Scotland and from there has emerged one of the world’s great soups. The smoked haddock delicacy can now be sampled around the world but why not return to the mothership and taste it as you watch the formidable North Sea crash against the rocks in a succession of towns and villages. [05] PLAY THE PRESIDENT’S GOLF COURSE Controversy followed the creation and opening of Donald Trump’s course on the outskirts of Aberdeen but what is undeniable

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is the quality of the finished product. It’s a serious test for low handicappers as they tackle the challenging holes amid miles and miles of spectacular Aberdeenshire coastline. [06] VISIT A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE Footdee (pronounced Fittie) is a small fishing village located south of the city centre by Aberdeen harbour. The village dates back to medieval times but people still live in the little cluster of cottages that are huddled together with their backs to the sea, as protection from the rising tide and winter gales. [07] SEE SCOTLAND’S OLDEST BRIDGE Walk through Seaton Park down to the graceful stone Brig o’Balgownie. Built on the orders of Robert the Bruce and restored in 1607, it served as the River Don’s main crossing point.

“BEGINNERS CAN TAKE LESSONS IN THE FACILITY’S INDOOR POOL, AND THE MORE EXPERIENCED CAN DON DRYSUITS AND HEAD OUT ON OPEN WATER DIVES IN THE NORTH SEA, EITHER BY THEMSELVES OR AS PART OF A GUIDED DIVE”

to try scuba-diving at Core 94 Watersports. Beginners can take lessons in the facility’s heated indoor pool, and the more experienced can don dry-suits and head out on open water dives in the North Sea, either by themselves or as part of a guided dive. [10] SEE THE INSPIRATION BEHIND DRACULA Slains Castle, at Cruden Bay, north east of Aberdeen, castle is famed as a place where celebrities were entertained on numerous occasions in the 19th century, notably the writer Bram Stoker and it is believed the castle is the inspiration for the setting of his Gothic horror novel Count Dracula (1897). l

[08] GO TO THE QUEEN’S HOUSE Balmoral, the Queen’s summer residence in Scotland is representative of the neo-baronial style of the Victorian era and the castle, the ballroom and its paintings are a must to see – but only when the Royal family are not in residence! [09] TRY SCUBA DIVING Adventurous types will relish the opportunity

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changed the face of shopping in Aberdeen. One of these is the city’s Union Square, it combines unique new architecture with the Aberdeen train station facade built in the early 20th century. The result is one of the largest city centre shopping developments in the UK and the second largest in Scotland after Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries, with a total retail space of 700,000 square feet. Union Square boasts over 60 stores and restaurants, a 10-screen cinema and a 203-bedroom hotel right in the centre of Aberdeen. A wide range of outlets exist including New Look, Hollister, Apple, Marks & Spencer, Next, TK Maxx and Zara. Global fashion giant Hugo Boss also opened its first stand alone store in the city in Union Square with a 3,000sq ft venue offering BOSS Black, Green and Orange ranges, covering smart tailoring, golfing and casual wear. And when you’re finished shopping in the futuristic glass-fronted emporium, you can have a bite to eat in one of the many cafes and restaurants including Wagamama, YO! Sushi, Frankie and Benny’s, p36

lder Aberdonians may recall the joke: What keeps Union Street warm in winter? Answer: Boots and Woolies. These days the Woolworths store is long gone but the city has scores of other high street brands to keep the tills ringing merrily. A few decades ago, Aberdeen fashionistas preferred to travel to Edinburgh or Glasgow to keep up with the latest trends, but today Aberdeen’s shops offer a vast selection of boutiques and brands to keep even the most ardent follower of fashion happy. The North East of Scotland has now become a mecca for shoppers from throughout the country and even from abroad, as major high street names vie with traditional outlets and boutiques for a piece of the action. Aberdeen is undoubtedly the area’s retail jewel in the crown, but a wide range of shopping options exist throughout the shire, too. Traditionally the main shopping areas of the city were Union Street and George Street. However, over the years several covered shopping malls have been built in the city centre which has

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Atholl Countrywear is the authority in clothing, gifts and accessories. The discerning connoisseur will find a wide choice of quality and affordable pieces.

Atholl Countrywear is the authority in clothing, Established in 1994 Atholl Countrywear offers service gifts and The discerning connoisseur andaccessories. surroundings as relaxed as our clothing. will find a wide of quality and affordable pieces. Our shop in choice Milton Crathes features extensive clothing ranges for ladies and gentlemen, gifts and confectionary with free parking in spectacular surroundings. CONTACT Milton of Crathes, North Deeside Road, Banchory, Aberdeen AB31 5QH T. 01330 844 551

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A visit to Esslemonts 2 in the West End is a must for followers of fashion. Choose from elegant Italian styling by Marella, James Lakeland and Italca or from Germany, the easy to wear Mac jeans, and Deck of Ireland whose style and value will surprise you. Follow us on

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The Bon Accord and St Nicholas Shopping Centres complex

ASK and Nando’s. An added advantage is its 1,700 car parking spaces, plus covered links to the city’s bus and rail stations, and it is only a short hop to the ferry terminal, too. The Bon Accord and St Nicholas Shopping Centres complex – formerly two separate centres which merged together as one – is the second-largest shopping centre in Aberdeen. Since opening – St Nicholas in 1985 and Bon Accord in 1990 – the shopping centres have formed a prime retailing area in Aberdeen. The centre is split into two buildings and has three floors extending to 630,000 square feet. Stores include The Disney Store, Hobbs, Karen Millen, Laura Ashley, Jo Malone, River Island, Next and Marks and Spencer. The Academy Aberdeen in Schoolhill was developed to fill a gap in the Aberdeen market for quality, upmarket niche shopping. It offers a range of high fashion stores including Attic and Concept, stocking a range of exclusive brands including Paul Frank, True Religion, Diesel, Franklyn & Marshall and Fila Gold. The Trinity Centre is a one-floor shopping centre in the middle of the city which is home to large retail outlets such as HMV, Tresspass, Primark and Debenhams. Aberdeen’s West End has always had a certain

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cachet and it is one of the most sought after residential areas in Scotland. It hasn’t always been the chosen destination of shopping divas but a regeneration bid in recent years to unleash the retail potential of the area has worked a treat. What once was the preserve of bars, fast food joints and offices has been transformed into a myriad of boutiques stocking designer names, gifts, homeware and antiques – in short, a designer shopper’s paradise. The injection of top names and brands has helped the city to offer a refreshing alternative to the traditional shopping meccas in the Central Belt. The West End now boasts designer shops including Kafka and Cruise co-existing with traditional outlets such as equestrian specialist Country Ways and jeweller Finnies, which is located in nearby George Street. The example of Cruise on Union Street is redolent of the way things have moved in the West End. It secured an 8,500 square feet granite and glass fronted building, situated across two levels, housing the season’s most demanded accessory products for both women and men. Cruise Footwear, Accessories and Bags Aberdeen showcase a mix of international designer brands including Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, Dior, Vivienne Westwood, Zagliani and Y-3. p38

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The boutique features a luxurious shopfit and the sleek interior has been designed to embrace the building’s original architectural features. Bellino is an independent boutique in Thistle Street, specialising in ladies footwear and fashion, with collections from brands across the globe. Art and antique lovers will be spoiled for choice at Elizabeth Watt’s shop in the same street which has fine jewellery and china on offer as well as expertise in restoring precious ornaments and objets d‘art. For map and print lovers the choice should be Colin Wood Antiques on nearby Rose Street. Gallery Heinzel, again on Thistle Street, offers a wide selection of contemporary art from emerging and established artists in Scotland and its bright modern premises are filled with a continuallychanging exhibition of work. In the same street Hamish Munro will satisfy any shoe addict with its unrivalled selection of designer names such as Hispanitas and Menbur. For many people, it is the large number of independent boutiques in Aberdeen that make shopping such a pleasure. You can be sure that if you buy an outfit in one of these unique shops, you won’t see someone else in the city wearing it. Many of these one-off designer shops have agents who travel to fashion shows all over the world to choose individual items they think will suit their customers back in the Granite City. As a result there are some incredible clothes from little-known designers in France, Germany, Italy and Holland amongst others, all finished beautifully and at an affordable price. Esslemonts in Thistle Street offers designer labels such as Camel Active, Remus and Florentino while the ladies are well catered for at Esslemonts 2 with designs from Turnover and Stills and Marella. In addition the city centre is confined to a pretty small area, so unlike larger cities, you can probably get round all the shops in one day, especially if you know the kind of thing you are looking for. Though city shopping first springs to mind – and Aberdeen offers modern shopping malls and high street names as good as any city in Britain – the wider North East area has an excellent range of other speciality shops and retail businesses. If travelling to some of the rural communities, small town shopping boasts its own special charms – not least the more leisurely air evident in these areas. The region derives some of its wealth from fishing and farming, and this is reflected in stylish shops in comparatively small places that are all part of the surprise in store when you visit. Inverurie features a range of markets each week with every Sunday morning featuring one of the largest car boot sales in Scotland. Everything and anything – from antiques to bric-a-brac; vinyl

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records to mini-discs; wooden toys to computer games – can be found at this event. The town centre also hosts a more traditional Farmers’ Market on the second Saturday of every month. Inverurie, in addition, has a full range of modern shops with many specialist outlets. The fashion retailers offer everything from exclusive evening wear through to trendy teenage styles to a wide outdoor activity selection. Royal Deeside, too, in the shadow of Balmoral, has a vast array of interesting and quirky, locally-owned and independent shops, many of them carrying the Royal seal of approval with Royal Warrants. This means that these shops supply the Royal Family at Balmoral. What better recommendation can you have? And the brand new Braemar Highland Games Centre explores a living tradition, the Highland Games, focusing on the world-famous Braemar Gathering and its long-standing Royal connections. Housed in The Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion, it was unveiled by HM The Queen in September 2018 and opened to the public in March 2019. The building is named in honour of HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, a keen supporter of the project through his charity, The Prince’s Foundation. The Pavilion’s exhibition tells the story

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of Highland Games and gatherings throughout the ages, celebrating the deep-rooted cultural and sporting traditions of Scotland. The unique story of the Braemar Gathering and the organisation behind it, the Braemar Royal Highland Society, founded in 1815, is told through objects, documents and costumes. And you can buy souvenirs from the centre’s shop, or even by buying tickets to the next Braemar Gathering. Still in Deeside, in Kincardine O’Neil, you can pick up something truly idiosyncratic at Arra Textiles. Inspiration is drawn from the everchanging seascapes and landscapes of Scotland, in particular the Northern Isles. Each piece is designed and handwoven on a large wooden weaving loom from initial design sketches through to hand finished fabric, in the studio gallery. Alongside the full Arra Textiles collection, you can find a hand-picked selection of bespoke pieces from emerging designers involving ceramics, jewellery, yarn and accessories. Changing direction and heading up the Buchan coast you will arrive at a succession of villages and near p45

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At ECCO, we are proud of our Scandinavian heritage, combining style and comfort in our extensive range of footwear and accessories. Our Aberdeen store stocks a wide range of ladies and mens shoes as well as leather handbags and small leather goods.

ECCO Aberdeen 85 Union St, AB11 6BD Tel: 01224 592892

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Buchan you will eventually arrive at the ancient town of Banff and you can chance upon the famous Spotty Bag Shop. Its vast array includes clothing, toys, luggage and bags, footwear, bowling equipment, homeware, beauty, gifts, DIY equipment, arts and crafts, books, electrical appliances, fancy dress costumes, party supplies, stationery, gardening equipment, health and beauty products, pet products, food and drink. Gardening supplies and surfing gear are also available in the spring and summer months and it stocks garden furniture and water features, compost and plants! The Spotty Bag Shop proudly proclaims ‘if you can’t find it here, you can’t find it anywhere’. And with more than 18,000sq ft of retail space and well over 60,000 lines they are probably right. Back in the city, Aberdeen Country Fair can be found on the last Saturday of every month. Located on Belmont Street, between Union Street and Schoolhill, Aberdeen Country Fair is one of the largest markets in Scotland, attracting up to 30,000 people per event. The market provides local farmers and crafters the opportunity to showcase their quality home-grown and hand-crafted products. From craftwork to exclusive fashion, outdoor gear to antiques, for choice and value, Aberdeen and the shire will take care of all your shopping urges! l

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one, Cullen, you will find South Lissens Pottery & SilkArt at Ardoch Mill, Deskford. The pottery has been in existence for over 30 years, having been inspired by traditional functional pots from around the world. Using techniques, both modern and old, they endeavour to keep alive the quality and craftsmanship of hand-made pots. Everything is hand-made from clay preparation, throwing, decorating, glazing to final firing. Its range of pots encompasses the garden, kitchen, oven and the table. SilkArt works with natural materials to produce original works of art inspired by the sea and surrounding landscape and in addition offers a wide range of greetings cards and notebooks. On the same coast Strichen Antiques offers a large stock of antiques, collectables and curios. Located in the quaint north east village of Strichen, the shop is situated in The Old Auction Room. Strichen Antiques sells a carefully-selected range which includes furniture, fine art, glassware, jewellery, collectables, garden sculptures and books. With new stock arriving daily you are guaranteed to find something to suit your taste and budget. Their friendly and approachable members of staff are also on hand to offer advice and help with any purchase and a delivery service is available for larger items. Continuing on your journey through Banff and

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OPPOSITE PAGE Marischal College ABOVE Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen city centre

“ON BROAD STREET YOU WILL FIND MARISCHAL COLLEGE – THE WORLD’S SECONDLARGEST GRANITE BUILDING AND ABERDEEN’S MOST PHOTOGRAPHED”

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DAY ONE Head off on a walking tour of the city centre taking in some of Scotland’s most stunning architecture. Make your way down Union Street stopping at Union Terrace Gardens, a sunken Victorian Garden right in the heart of the city. Also look out for the turreted Town House and the castellated Citadel at the Castlegate. On Broad Street you will find Marischal College – the world’s second-largest granite building and Aberdeen’s most photographed. Another impressive building to visit is His Majesty’s Theatre. Originally opened in 1906, it has undergone a £7.8 million refurbishment which includes a striking glass extension. Its cafe is also an ideal place to stop for lunch. When Aberdeen Art Gallery reopens in November 2019 following a once-in-a-lifetime redevelopment, it will be the city’s most inspiring, welcoming and accessible public building, home to one of the best collections of art in the country. If that’s not enough for one day then hit the shops. In the West End you’ll find designer shops and one-off boutiques. Make your way to The Trinity Centre, Bon Accord Centre and St Nicholas Centre for all the high street stores you would expect to find in Scotland’s third largest city. The north east of Scotland is famed for its fine food and drink so it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of top restaurants to choose from. After your meal head back out to Union Street and

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its side streets where you’ll find cosy pubs, contemporary bars and a great choice of clubs. Aberdeen has a varied and vibrant nightlife and has something to appeal to everyone. DAY TWO Start your day in Old Aberdeen where the University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495. Wander down the charming cobbled High Street where many of the original buildings are open to the public. St Machar’s Cathedral should not be missed and it’s worth making a stop to see the Brig O’ Balgownie before heading back to the city centre. The bridge was built in the 14th century and has picture postcard views. Next make your way to the Maritime Museum which can be found on Shiprow, just behind Union Street and within view of Aberdeen’s busy working harbour. The museum tells the story of Aberdeen’s strong connection with the sea. Discover the harbour’s ship building history in the 17th century through its fish market heyday right up to the inception of the present day oil and gas industry. Carry on the Maritime theme by having lunch at the Silver Darling. In a unique position overlooking the entrance to the harbour, this is Aberdeen’s most well-known seafood restaurant. Then take a short stroll round to Footdee or ‘Fittie’. The tiny cottages of this 19th-century fishing village all back onto the sea with their windows and doors facing inwards to protect from storms. p49

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Now you’ll find yourself at the beach. Aberdeen has two miles of golden sands less than a mile from Union Street. Don’t be surprised to see surfers braving the North Sea temperatures no matter which season you are visiting. The beach area also has a cinema complex, several bars and restaurants, an extreme sports centre, Codona’s funfair and of course, Pittodrie Stadium, home to Aberdeen Football Club. For your evening entertainment contact Aberdeen Box Office to get details of the shows, concerts and gigs taking place in venues such as the Music Hall or the Lemon Tree. There is always a wide range of performances and venues to choose from. DAY THREE If you are lucky enough to have a third day then head out and explore Aberdeenshire. Royal Deeside was Queen Victoria’s favourite place to holiday and the Royal Family still return to Balmoral Castle every summer. You’ll soon see why, as Royal Deeside has stunning scenery.

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Stop at Crathes Castle just outside Banchory as you head out towards Ballater. The Shire has over 70 castles so it would be rude not to visit at least one. Crathes is a 16th-century tower house with magnificent gardens and a great tea room. Before you arrive in Ballater you should stop at Cambus O’ May, a Victorian suspension bridge. The area was recently voted Scotland’s favourite picnic spot. Ballater itself is a lovely town to wander about in and just a few miles from here is Royal Lochnagar Distillery. Find out how this famous malt whisky is made by doing a distillery tour and, yes, you do get a taster afterwards. There are several different points along your route back to Aberdeen to get out and have a walk, just look out for signposts or stop at Glen Tanar Estate just outside Aboyne. As well as walking you can enjoy activities such as fishing, mountain biking and horse riding here. Make your way back to Aberdeen for dinner or stop at a pub or restaurant along the way. l

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berdeen’s voyage from an industrious, no frills, yet bustling city in the north east of Scotland to the sleek cosmopolitan oil capital of Europe has happened in little over three decades. Its restaurant journey, from those offering basic, predominantly British fare to an all-singing, all-dancing smorgasbord of tastes, happened even more quickly. In the early days of the oil boom in the mid-tolate 1970s, stetsons and cowboy boots were the incongruous order of the day in Union Street and a shock of American diners emerged in the city. But if root beer then was considered exotic to the North East palate, the sheer range of restaurants available now is little more than remarkable. Thai, Chinese, French, Italian, Indian, Bangladeshi, Mexican, Vietnamese – in Aberdeenshire you can sample all these and more. Italian restaurants have really made their mark in the city and you can choose your favourite from a wide and varied selection. Mi Amore in Huntly Street has a loyal following, with many opting for pre-theatre meals prior to attending a show at His Majesty’s Theatre or the Music Hall. Try the Mozzarella Milanese

followed by Risotto Frutti Di Mare for an authentic taste of the Mediterranean. La Lombarda lays claim to be the UK’s oldest Italian restaurant, having been established in 1922, with the original owners hailing from Italy’s northern region of Lombardy. From its Castlegate base it has witnessed the General Strike, World War II and the transformation of the city from a provincial fishing port to a global oil industry player. Signature dishes are Parmigiana di Melanzane and Scaloppine Lombarda. For sheer ‘chutzpah’ courtesy of the eponymous owner, the tiny Carmine’s in Union Terrace remains a standout and delights, amongst others, many visiting actors to the nearby HM Theatre. Moving out of the city, Borsalino in North Deeside Road, Peterculter, in an eyecatching white building was established in 1976, taking over the iconic local delicacy Pie Jeans. Since then it has boasted a steady stream of regulars who reckon it’s the best of its kind in the North East. Via Roma in Inverurie also has many devotees. Crossing the Adriatic Sea from Italy you would land in Greece and Aberdeen boasts its own little piece of heavenly Hellenic cuisine in Christos p55

“ABERDEEN’S RESTAURANT JOURNEY HAS GONE FROM OFFERING BASIC, PREDOMINANTLY BRITISH FARE TO AN ALL-SINGING, ALL-DANCING SMORGASBORD OF TASTES”

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Serving wholesome, locally sourced, seasonal produce every day! Booking highly recommended to avoid disappointment. Open daily 10am-4pm. Evenings Friday & Saturday. Children’s play park • Family friendly • EV charging point Dog friendly • Outside seating area • Off-road parking

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Historic inn (1771) beautifully situated at the edge of Stonehaven’s picturesque harbour. Excellent home-cooked food (fresh seafood a speciality) served in panoramic air-conditioned restaurant, cosy bar or open-air terrace, overlooking harbour. Real ales • Over 100 Malt Whiskies • Luxury rooms with harbour views Close to several Golf Courses and Royal Deeside 20 minutes from Aberdeen. Open all year Sun-Thurs 11:00-midnight, Fri-Sat 11:00-01:00

www.shipinnstonehaven.com | enquiries@shipinnstonehaven.com The Ship Inn | 5 Shore Head | Stonehaven | Aberdeenshire | AB39 2JY

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“THE ARRIVAL OF COMPETITION HAS RESULTED IN INDIAN RESTAURANTS UPPING THE ANTE AND MANY OF THEM NOW OFFER LIGHTER, GOURMET INDIAN NOUVELLE CUISINE”

Shrti Bheema’s in Belmont Street offers a wide range of delicacies from throughout the subcontinent such as Street Food starters, Madurai Lamb Sukka or Egg Kothu Parota, to mains including Tarkari Tikka Lajawab (a vegetable Rajasthani dish), Murgh Hara Dhania (a chicken creation from Utter Pradesh) or Bengali Jinga Jhol (king prawns marinated with Indian spices grilled in a clay oven and cooked with cauliflower and potatoes). Out of the city India on the Green in Ballater is a regular fixture in the local restaurant awards with owner/chef Raj Abdul Hamid a former award winner, while Rajpoot in Inverurie is reckoned by some to be among the best Indian restaurants in Aberdeenshire. Chinese food has in many respects suffered from the arrival of a glut of ‘eat all you can’ buffet joints but popular eateries such China Town in Dee Street and Manchurian at Causewayend still have loyal customers, including many members of the local Chinese community, often an indicator of quality and authenticity, and offer good cuisine at competitive prices. The Nargile has been a fixture on the city’s food scene for many years and, along with its sister restaurant Rendezvous at Nargile, continues to provide high quality Turkish cuisine. Meze-style – a large selection in small quantities – is the best way to enjoy Middle Eastern food and at both restaurants this is certainly the case. Try the vine leaves – Yaprak Dolmasi, Humus Kavurma (with pan-fried fillet of lamb and pine nuts) – and the vegetarian Kizartma and sip on a Turkish Angora wine. The Royal Thai, Aberdeen’s longestestablished Thai restaurant, in Crown Terrace, was established in 1992 and it continues to combine top-notch food with a whimsical Oriental ambience. Starters featuring crab and prawns are typical of the strong seafood theme, continued with mains of monkfish, turbot, rock fish, squid and scallops. Or you can sample the banquet, the traditional and recommended way to enjoy Thai food. Fish, indeed, is synonymous with the North East of Scotland and although the number of boats landing catches has p59

Greek Taverna in John Street. You can taste their own family recipe Melitzanosalata (aubergine blended with cucumber, tomato, onion, garlic, Greek yoghurt, olive oil and vinegar) to start and then indulge in Garithes Yiouvetsi (prawns cooked with garlic, tomato, onion and her sauce, topped with feta cheese). And if you have any room left you can squeeze in the Greek classic, Baklava to finish. The arrival of international competition has resulted in Indian restaurants upping the ante and many of them now offer lighter, gourmet Indian nouvelle cuisine, but old favourites the Light of Bengal and Shahbaaz, both in Rose Street, retain their appeal. One of the newer Indian restaurants on the scene is Monsoona in the city’s Bridge Street, which advocates a ‘healthier’ approach to the cuisine. Among its specialities are tandoori sea bass, tiger prawn special and a range of meat and vegetarian thalis.

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The award winning AA Rosette Grill Room serves only the best of locally sourced seasonal ingredients – fresh seafood from Peterhead, prime meats from Aberdeenshire along with our own freshly made breads, desserts and Scottish cheeses. The Buchan Braes Hotel is the perfect venue for a stylish and romantic wedding day. The modern interior design benefits from natural light, views of Stirling Hill and landscaped gardens for your all-important wedding photographs. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Booking is advisable.

Set in the heart of the historic village of Fettercairn – gateway to the highlands. The Arch is a small, warm and friendly cafe bistro, close to Fasque Castle and Fettercairn Distillery. The Arch offers homemade wholesome food and home baking, catering for all dietary requirements. Buchan Braes Hotel Boddam, Peterhead Aberdeenshire AB42 3AR

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HONEST ICE CREAM SINCE 1914

James Rizza & Sons have been making award-winning ice-cream for over 100 years.

Stunning views and superb menus

Rizza’s of Huntly are a family owned business with recipes, knowledge and expertise handed down over the generations - all stemming from the families direct origins of the Italian Ice Cream Pioneers. Today the family business is based in Huntly with a state of the art purpose built factory.

Renowned in Catterline and beyond, the specialities served in our seafood restaurant and lounge are prepared to the highest standards using the freshest local produce – our lobster and crab are caught in Catterline Bay. Situated in the historic fishing village of Catterline, The Creel Inn is perched on the cliffs overlooking the bay and harbour with some of Scotland’s most stunning views.

Visit one of our shops or find us in selected, local supermarkets and sample the honest taste of Rizza’s Ice Cream.

Bookings are advisable especially Fridays and weekends.

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Catterline • AB39 2UL 01569 750254 • info@thecreelinn.co.uk

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Parisian cafe by day, relaxed finedining restaurant by night. Café Bohème is the epitome of savoirvivre, in the very heart of Aberdeen. Combining over a decade of French heritage at its roots along years of Scottish cooking expertise.

Bohème delivers the perfect fusion of classic cuisine and finest local produce. In true Parisian style – where time is to be savoured, not rushed – Bohème lives by the slow food values: ensuring meticulous attention to detail, served with passion for honest, homegrown produce. Head chef John Pattillo and his team bring out the best in seasonal ingredients. For a vivid aperitif or soothing night cap, our bar hosts a wide selection of spirits, including fine cognac, whiskies and local gins. Our cellar plays homage to the traditional French vineyards with a wide selection of rouges, blancs and of – course – the best of the champagne region, alongside some true gems from Spain, Italy and the New World. If wine is not your thing, fear not – in association with local craft brewer Six Degrees North, we are serving up our very own Pilsner, Biere Maison.

CONTACT 01224 210 677 23 Windmill Brae, Aberdeen AB11 6HU

Award-winning restaurant – Evening Express, Fine Dining restaurant of the year 2018 Hospitality Training North East of Scotland Restaurant of the year 2019 – runner up

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The award winning Cool Gourmet is located in the heart of Stonehaven's historic Auld Toon, and is the perfect place to stop for a spot of lunch or a morning coffee. We offer a range of food from fresh cooked breakfasts to hearty meals or a light lunch, using fresh locally sourced ingredients.

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We also offer a selection of home bakes that you can enjoy with a hot drink. Or you can treat yourself to some of our Cream o' Galloway ice cream which you can have to take away or to sit in.

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If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy the very best of modern Scottish cuisine in a truly stunning location, then look no further‌ The award-winning Falls of Feugh Restaurant, near Banchory on glorious Royal Deeside, is situated right on the banks of the River Feugh with the dramatic Falls on the doorstep. Open from 10am, we offer tea/coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and Sunday lunch. Dinner is served Thurs/Fri/Sat nights. Our experienced team can also host a wide range of events, including weddings, corporate events and other celebrations.

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“FISH IS SYNONYMOUS WITH THE NORTH EAST OF SCOTLAND AND ALTHOUGH THE NUMBER OF BOATS LANDING CATCHES HAS DECLINED RECENTLY, FRESH LOCALLY-CAUGHT FISH IS STILL A MENU MAINSTAY IN MANY LOCAL RESTAURANTS”

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declined recently, fresh locally-caught fish is still a menu mainstay in many local restaurants and takeaway outlets. The Silver Darling, the Scottish nickname for herring, is located in Pocra Quay and appropriately provides panoramic views over Aberdeen harbour as you enjoy fresh seafood. First opened in 1986, the restaurant was recently renovated with stylish interiors that celebrates its unique heritage whilst complementing its stunning setting to offer memorable meals. Equally renowned is the famed Ashvale in Great Western Road where, sit-in or take-away, you can still indulge in one of the best fish suppers in the country. If you are feeling exceptionally hungry you can attempt the Ashvale Whale – a 1lb haddock fillet – and if you finish it yourself you can eat a second ‘whale’ on the house. If you manage that notable feat remember to ask for your Certificate of Achievement! South from Aberdeen to the heart of the Mearns and north, along the Buchan coast, there are also a number of fantastic pubs serving good wholesome food and the North East tradition of a Sunday drive followed by a bar supper at an accommodating inn remains strong. There are also a number of first-rate dining establishments. Among these is the Lairhillock Inn, a 200-year-old former coaching inn, at Netherley, near Stonehaven, which proudly and justifiably boasts p63

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2 AA Rosette restaurant showcasing the best of Scotland’s rich and diverse larder by Alexandria Hay. Salmon and trout fishing on the River Don. Bespoke, tailored packages for weddings, functions and events. Private meeting and dining room. Motorhome pitches. T: 019755 71227 E: enquiries@kildrummyinn.co.uk Kildrummy, Alford, Aberdeenshire AB33 8QS

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The Ashvale, award-winning restaurant with multiple locations across the North-East of Scotland, is known for fish and chips and the quality of all food that we serve. But, there’s more to The Ashvale than just good food – we are also known for our superior customer service, fundraising events and the occasional celebrity visit! Visit us and see the Home of the Whale! Our North East background is very important to us – we try to ensure that we source from local suppliers. Most of our fish comes straight from Peterhead Market and we’re very grateful for the quality that our quite fantastic Scottish fishing fleet provides to us. All ages are welcome and our restaurants are definitely child friendly: the under 12s have their own Harry Haddock menu available at all times and the under 5s eat free.

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Celebrating 10 Years!

Founded in 2009, 210 Bistro is a unique venue in Aberdeen city centre which has been designed to meet the exacting standards of the business community and the casual diner. Overlooking the bustling harbour, it is a fantastic place for anyone to eat out, whether it’s a planned occasion or spur of the moment. The funky kitchen bar area serves great cocktails, craft beers and gins, as well as plenty of other beverages, light snacks and tasty food. Meanwhile, you can have a superb gastronomic experience at the first floor restaurant, where the head chef creates high-quality dishes using fresh local market produce.

It also serves as a business centre – for companies and organisations looking for a meeting room or lunch location, two meeting rooms and a conference centre are ideal for training and presentations. The rooms are all well equipped with flat screens, natural light and reliable Wi-Fi. However, it’s not only corporate clients who might wish for a more exclusive experience – a private dining room with seasonally changing set menus is popular for parties, hen dos and small wedding receptions.

210 South Market Street, Aberdeen AB11 5PQ e. info@210bistro.com t. 01224 211857

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Runner Up – Bar Food Award North East Of Scotland 2019

Welcome to the braided fig – an exceptional dining experience The braided fig has been providing an exceptional dining experience in a relaxed and informal setting for over 15 years. Our friendly staff welcome you whatever the occasion, business, light lunch, pre-theatre meal, dinner or why not sit back and relax under our braided fig tree (yes, it’s real) and have a drink in our bar area. Our menus change frequently with the seasons to ensure only the highest quality locally sourced ingredients are used, which are then cooked to your liking once your order has been placed. Sunday lunches are extremely popular at the braided fig, we only use prime locally sourced cuts of meat and served with fresh vegetables again all sourced locally – family bookings are welcomed and bookings are happily taken. An extensive vegan menu is available all day. Any dietary requirements or special requests can be accommodated given prior notice. Booking recommended.

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“THE CITY’S FIRST DESIGNATED ‘WORKERS’ COOPERATIVE’ CAFE, BONOBO, IN SKENE STREET, OFFERS FANTASTIC VEGAN FOOD”

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it has been recommended in no less than 12 good food guides. Here you’ll find starters such as Cullen skink (smoked fish soup) and smoked haddock filo parcels and hearty main courses like roasted loin of pork, lamb two ways and haggis, neeps and tatties. Moving slightly further south on the coast, the bonnie seaside town Stonehaven has quite a few restaurants and inns worth exploring. Among these are the Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant on the harbour which boasts excellent seafood, and a short walk away is the equally nautical Ship Inn where, on a nice sunny day, you can enjoy an excellent al fresco lunch as you look out to the harbour and listen to the impatient seagulls chattering overhead. North of the city, the Eat on the Green restaurant at Udny Green sees award-winning chef Craig Wilson offer innovative lunch and dinner menus, creating an imaginative range of contemporary and classic dishes using fresh local produce. At the gateway to Royal Deeside The Cow Shed Restaurant in Banchory offers tempting seasonal creations from owner and widely-travelled chef Graham Buchan and has a relaxed, warm feel with fabulous views over the countryside. For those who feel adventurous it also runs a cookery school for individuals and teams and it is the home of the global phenomenon, venison ice cream!

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There are a number of top bistro restaurants in the city such as Café 52 on The Green which offers inspirational avant-garde cooking and puddings ‘to die for’ in an ancient location just off Union Street. The Union Square shopping complex itself has more than 20 food outlets where you can happily indulge yourself at landmark names such as Nando’s, Frankie and Benny’s, Pizza Hut, TGI Friday’s and YO! Sushi. The Food Story Café in Thistle Street is a unique concept in today’s hard-nosed commercial world – it is a people’s cafe, built by customers and investors who want less waste and more recycling and almost everything was made with recycled materials. The altruistic team is committed to giving its customers home-made, wholesome, healthy, organic, free range local food. It’s snack-bar food, catering for all dietary requirements, but it is simply delicious. On a similar theme the city’s first designated ‘workers’ co-operative’ cafe, Bonobo, in Skene Street, offers fantastic vegan food and its principled philosophy enables workers to decide when and whether profits go back to the business, to the employees or to support the community. But in order to try its fare you have be on the go during the day as it’s a breakfast and lunch only venue. If you turn up first thing you could start the day with the formidable Bonobo Fry Up – butter beans in a p65

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“CARNIVORES NEED NOT FRET HOWEVER AS AN AREA FAMED FOR ITS PRIME CATTLE INVARIABLY BOASTS A STEAKHOUSE OR TWO”

rich tomato sauce with red onion and mushroom, house tofu scramble, two tattie scones, veggie haggis, grilled half tomato and a slice of wholemeal toast! Carnivores need not fret however as an area famed for its prime cattle invariably boasts a steakhouse or two. Miller & Carter in Union Street has a range of steaks from 50-day-aged grass-fed Rib Eye to Black Angus sirloin to Chateaubriand. It also does sharing dishes such as the meat-packed Tasting Board or the Chef’s Meat Board. The Sandman Chop Grill & Bar is located in the Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel on the corner of St Andrew Street and Charlotte Street. If it’s a total meat feast you desire you can start with Steak Bites – tender marinated bites of rump steak served with whisky horseradish aioli and sweet Dijon dip, followed by Smoked Rib Eye with alder, apple and hickory. Moonfish Café, established in 2004, is located on the medieval streets of Aberdeen’s Merchant quarter with views of the 12th-century Kirk of St Nicholas. The kitchen’s constantly-changing innovative menu of modern British cuisine consists of a focused menu for lunch and dinner. No 1 Bar and Grill in Queens Terrace, which proclaims seasonal Scottish fare, offers starters such as Haggis Scotch Egg and mains including Roasted Whole Sole. And continuing the numerical theme No 10 Bar and restaurant, a few doors up, has been

transformed from a fairly snug bar that served pub meals into a lauded venue, encompassing a modern, spacious restaurant where you can dine on Arbroath Smokie Pate and Duo of Gressingham Duck. In Aberdeen’s prime retail area of Queen’s Road, Malmaison sits proudly with a brasserie which seats 100 people. Scottish artwork adorns the walls and it has a commitment to ‘keep it local’ with dishes such as whisky-cured salmon, haggis cake, bubbly jock pie and various fish and meat dishes. It also offers diners innovations like The Chef ’s Table, where a party of up to eight people can view the kitchen goings-on with only a plate glass wall separating them from the chef’s ire. The brasserie is cavernous with open kitchen, intimate booths and its own butchery. The Marcliffe Hotel Spa and Restaurant is Aberdeen’s only five-star hotel and it is situated in 11 acres of wooded grounds in North Deeside Road. Its conservatory restaurant serves breakfast, lunch (outside in summer) and dinner and its team of chefs specialise in Grampian regional produce – Aberdeen Angus beef, game, and fish and shellfish from local rivers and ports. The wine cellar holds more than 400 wines, chosen from around the world, and the drawing room bar is stocked with more than 100 choice malt whiskies. All in all, whether it’s foreign cuisine or the best from home, Aberdeen and the shire seem to have it all. l

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OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Dunnottar Castle; Cullen harbour and beach; The Malt Whisky Trail is made up of a collection of distilleries and other whisky sites; The caber toss at The Ballater Highland Games; BELOW Marischal College

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Aberdeen’s Gordon Highlanders and Maritime museums get most of the plaudits but if you venture further along the coast in both directions to discover more about the history and heritage of Aberdeenshire you will chance upon delights including the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses at Fraserburgh, and Stonehaven’s Tolbooth Museum.

[02] BEACHES Aberdeen Beach is rightly famed far and wide for its golden sands but there are many others in the north east of Scotland that offer great appeal too. Silversands at Lossiemouth, Findochty and Cullen are also worth checking out.

Whisky Galore features settings from Portsoy and Pennan, whose red telephone box is a tourist attraction in its own right after it starred in Local Hero. Mar Lodge Estate featured in the Batman film, Dark Knight Rises and Strathdon featured in Mary, Queen of Scots.

[03] WATER OF LIFE On Aberdeen’s doorstep you’ll find a number of whisky distilleries producing fine, distinctive Highland single malts. Many of the region’s distilleries offer visitors the chance to see behind the scenes and get a rare insight into how Scotland’s national drink is carefully crafted. Among those you can visit are distilleries at Fettercairn, Royal Lochnagar, GlenDronach and Ardmore.

[06] ARCHITECTURE Unsurprisingly, given its moniker, granite buildings are plentiful in Aberdeen and there are fine examples throughout, especially Marischal College, the second largest granite building in the world. But there are many other buildings, statues and bridges to intrigue architect lovers across the city and beyond.

[04] ART If the fine arts scene is more your thing, find internationally acclaimed artworks and masterpieces at art galleries across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Aberdeen’s magnificent art gallery showcases many great works, as does Duff House, in Banff, while the coastal village of Catterline is a painter’s mecca. [05] MOVIE TRAIL Mel Gibson filmed Hamlet at Dunnottar Castle and Cragievar Castle was the inspiration for Disney’s iconic pink castle. The 2016 adapted

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[07] ROYAL DEESIDE One of the most beautiful parts of Scotland, Royal Deeside is a cornucopia of delights, from the rolling hills which surround it from the north and south to the many fine castles, including Balmoral, to a range of sporting activities, golf, fishing or skiing, to the Highland Games.

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[09] HIGHLAND GAMES Throughout the summer season, 14 Scottish Highland Games take place in Aberdeen and Grampian Highlands. From the Cornhill Highland Games in June to Scotland’s biggest and most prestigious Scottish Highland Games event, the Braemar Gathering in September, you’re sure to find a Highland Games to attend. [10] BAG A MUNRO There is something for everyone – skiing, golf, walking, running, cycling, but why not combine sightseeing with hill-walking and ‘bag’ a Munro, and with over 30 Munros and Corbetts in Aberdeenshire you can exercise and take in the breathtaking views as you look out over some of Scotland’s most striking landscapes. l

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he north east of Scotland has always been a rich breeding ground for the arts and many major artists, designers, architects and musicians took their first tentative steps in Aberdeen and the shire. The inspiring granite buildings of Aberdeen and landmark architecture throughout the area has provided locals and visitors with a visual feast for hundreds of years. St Andrew’s Cathedral in King Street was the first commission of Aberdeen’s most famous architect, Archibald Simpson, who designed the chapel to seat 1,200. The building contains a spectacular interior, with unique heraldic ceilings and large stained glass windows. If your forte is military history, The Gordon Highlanders Museum in the city’s Viewfield Road takes you from the Napoleonic wars to the modern day, and you can relive the compelling and dramatic story of the regiment through spectacular and interactive displays. The museum takes you on an eye-opening journey through the history of one of the most famous regiments of the British Army. Blairs Museum in South Deeside Road – open from April to September, although visitors are welcome by arrangement outwith these dates – was once a school for Roman Catholic boys. It now houses an important collection of Catholic treasures. The most famous items relate to the House of Stuart, notably Bonnie Prince Charlie. Blairs is also home to the Memorial Portrait of Mary Queen of Scots, painted after her execution and saved from the mob during the French revolution. St Machar’s Cathedral in Old Aberdeen is a fortified twin-spired Cathedral with Celtic origins. There has been a church on the site since circa AD 580 when, according to legend, Machar, a companion of St Columba, founded a church there. St Machar’s is a working church, open every day of the year for visitors, schools and groups. Or how about worshipping at a different altar? A visit to Pittodrie Stadium to see Aberdeen FC will thrust you into the passion and tribalism that is football in Scotland. It was here that Sir Alex Ferguson honed his legendary managerial style that took the Dons to success in the European Cup Winners Cup prior to his move to Manchester United and even greater success and global acclaim. If exploring the countryside is for you, head out into Aberdeenshire and delve into Scotland’s castle country. Why not visit the striking Crathes Castle and its neighbour Craigievar Castle – both with magnificent painted ceilings – or take in Castle Fraser with its historic furnishings, paintings and fine embroidery? A must for film buffs is the dramatic clifftop ruins of Dunnottar Castle, just south of Aberdeen, near Stonehaven, where Mel Gibson filmed his version of Hamlet.

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Discover Aberdeen As one of Lonely Planet’s and the New York Times top places to go in 2019 there’s never been a better time to visit Aberdeen. The city has established itself as one of the UK’s emerging destinations of choice for culture vultures, street art lovers, foodies and comedy fans from around the globe.

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Aberdeen Inspired is at the forefront of making the city a great place to live, work, visit and play and presents a range of festivals and events which have helped transform the Granite City. From food festivals, restaurant weeks and local farmers markets to a wide array of fantastic bars and restaurants the city caters for food lovers of all tastes. At Christmas the city sparkles and is a great place to visit for some retail therapy. With local makers markets and a wonderful Christmas village, fair and ice rink, family fun can be found in the heart of Aberdeen during the festive season. With the arrival of the globally renowned and internationally award-winning street art festival Nuart Aberdeen, the city now boasts one of the best concentrated collections of street art anywhere in the world. Every April Aberdeen becomes the canvas for critically acclaimed street artists from over the world. From small interventions in city centre graveyards, towering murals on glittering buildings to replicas of classic ‘masters’ in hidden corners, these artists leave their mark and have transformed Aberdeen into a truly inclusive celebration of street art.

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Originating from Aberdeen’s twin city Stavanger in Norway, Nuart Aberdeen was brought to the city in partnership with Aberdeen City Council. In 2020 the festival weekend runs from 23 to 26 April and while the launch weekend is a great time to visit, the street art is free to enjoy and easily explored all year round. In the spring and summer free guided tours run weekly on selected days from April through to the end of September. The tours offer visitors the chance to find out more about the artists, their work and hear the many stories behind the scenes of the


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If funny is your thing then look no further than the Aberdeen International Comedy Festival. Every October you can find a ten-day festival of comedy taking place in venues ranging from the city’s biggest theatres to its smallest bars. The 2019 festival runs from 3 to 13 October and is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet, with the legendary comedian and writer Ben Elton headlining on opening night with his highly anticipated return to stand-up after an absence of over 15 years. The all-star festival line-up includes acclaimed standup comedians Jimeoin, Daniel Sloss, Fern Brady, Sindhu Vee, Craig Hill, Paul Foot, Mr Fibbers, John Finnemore, Men with Coconuts, Sofie Hagen, Stuart Goldsmith, Hal Cruttenden, Abandoman, Christopher Macarthur – Boyd, Gary Meiklle, Count Arthur Strong, Jimeoin and Daliso Chaponda. From globally renowned street art to the best comedians on the circuit there has never been a better time to enjoy everything Aberdeen has to offer, so be sure to tick the Granite City off your must visit list.

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festival. If you would prefer to explore the artworks at your own pace then simply download the Nuart Aberdeen map and embark on a self-guided tour.


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Milton Art Gallery was established in 1997 to promote and support local and Scottish artists, exhibiting an eclectic mix of art for all tastes and budgets. A constantly changing collection from established artists complemented by regular exhibitions. A wide range of workshops are available in ceramics, photography, painting and Annie Sloan techniques. The riverside location in Royal Deeside provides an attractive and ambient destination for visitors including a restaurant and other shops of interest and within walking distance of Crathes Castle. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm

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and artists are at home here and Duff House organises a regular artistic programme of exhibitions, music and lectures. Duff House was designed by William Adam and built between 1735 and 1740 as the seat of the Earls Fife. There has been an astonishing variety of occupants and visitors to the House since it was built. In the 20th century Duff House was in turn a palm court hotel, a sanatorium and a prisoner of war camp. Opened as a country house gallery after extensive restoration in 1995, Duff House now enjoys five-star visitor attraction status. Grampian Transport Museum in rural Aberdeenshire at Alford, 25 miles west of Aberdeen, enables you to follow the history of travel and transport in the north east through dramatic displays, working exhibits and DVD presentations. Aberdeen’s magnificent granite Art Gallery in Schoolhill opened in 1885, and in the 1920s further development took place with the addition of the city’s War Memorial and the Cowdray Hall, a unique recital venue, created to encourage “the taste for art and music in the City of Aberdeen”. Aberdeen Art Gallery is currently going through a major refurbishment and is due to reopen at the end of 2019. Aberdeen Maritime Museum in Provost Ross’s House on the Shiprow was created to tell the story of Aberdeen’s maritime history, including the impact of

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its newest industry – North Sea oil. The Tolbooth Museum is one of the oldest buildings in Aberdeen, and includes 17th-century gaols. This museum traces Aberdeen’s civic history, including the history of its crime and punishment. In the present day the North East of Scotland continues to attract musicians, actors, comedians and dancers from all over the world and boasts some landmark venues. The Lemon Tree showcases the very best musicians and comedians in the downstairs 550-capacity lounge, and cutting-edge drama and dance in the upstairs 150-seat studio. The Music Hall is Aberdeen’s premier concert hall venue. Located in the heart of the city centre, it plays host to a wide variety of concerts, performances, shows and events from classical concerts to contemporary comedy. After an £8.7 million refurbishment it reopened in December 2018. His Majesty’s Theatre is the largest theatre in north east Scotland, seating around 1,490 people, and was reopened in September 2005 following a major £8 million redevelopment. The redevelopment successfully added a modern aspect to a historic Edwardian building and the new facilities have brought the theatre to life both day and night offering 21st-century theatregoers a truly memorable experience. P&J Live is the city’s newest events venue, replacing Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, and opened in summer 2019. l

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Hammer, just off Golden Square, by comparison a more berdeen may be synonymous with the granite recent addition to the traditional pub scene, but one that starkly singles out its architecture but in where conviviality and good ale flow freely. the pubs and clubs there is nothing grey or cold If it’s a touch of history you’re after, Ma Cameron’s about the city at night. If you have the stamina snug bar in Little Belmont Street is the oldest in you can party all night, every night, and the vast array of Aberdeen, dating back over 300 years. The pub today has establishments around are testament to the fact that a wide range of real ales and boasts a rooftop beer garden. Aberdonians love a party. Full of nooks and crannies its warren of adjoining rooms The influence of the oil industry in the local economy makes it one of the most atmospheric venues in Aberdeen has perhaps led to higher prices in many watering holes but and an eclectic clientele add nicely to you can still sup well at a decent rate the mix. in some of the more traditional pubs. Soul Bar is housed in the former To get a flavour of the real Aberdeen, “THE VAST ARRAY Langstane Kirk at the Junction of you should try a dram in The Grill on Union Street and Bon Accord Street, Union Street. The Grill was originally OF ESTABLISHMENTS Aberdeen. The bar is on the ground established as a restaurant in 1870 as AROUND THE REGION floor and blends ecclesiastical a restaurant – hence the name, but ARE TESTAMENT architecture and original stained glass has since become one of the city’s TO THE FACT THAT windows with the sophisticated and most iconic whiskies bars. sociable atmosphere of a modern, Another Granite City institution is ABERDONIANS LOVE upmarket bar. There is also a lighter, The Prince of Wales in St Nicholas A PARTY” more contemporary bar at the back. Lane. To find it, head down Union Across Union Street The Tippling Street and turn into St Nicholas House in Belmont Street is a Street as if heading for Marks & subterranean late-night tavern with a wide range of Spencer or the St Nicholas Centre. Instead, turn ‘boutique’ spirits and hand-crafted cocktails boasting immediately first left into the narrow cobbled lane imaginative names such as The Roosevelt Corollary, behind the bank and it is about half way along on the Daisy De Santiago and Diabolo Menthe. right. Inside you will find a good range of real ales and all In the same street, and again with a wide selection of the malt whiskies as you could possibly want. It has a creative cocktails, is Ninety-Nine Bar and Kitchen. Here great olde worlde atmosphere and there are excellent you can get a Kiss On The Cheek (cognac, aperol, spiced good value bar meals. apple chutney and champagne) or a Not So Swedish (El Nearby, and right in the historical heart of Aberdeen at Jimador reposado, chartreuse, honey and chocolate). Castlegate, the Old Blackfriars pub is one of Aberdeen’s All Bar One in Marischal Square also offers p78 oldest hostelries and is worth a visit. So, too, is Under the

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cocktails, as well as an extensive range of food and other drinks, but they have gone a step further and run cocktail masterclasses. Their expert mixologist will show you how to make, shake and taste your own selection of cocktails. In the Academy Centre, Revolucion de Cuba is a rum bar and cantina that promises to transport you to Havana. You can sample the spirit of Cuban nightlife with live music, salsa and resident DJs or relax in its tapas restaurant serving Latin-inspired food all day long. The Spiritualist, in Langstane Place, offers, among other things, a selection of sharing cocktails, most notably The Disco Diva, which is a mix of Bacardi, Rum, raspberry liqueur, cranberry juice, orange juice and topped with prosecco and served in a spectacular shiny disco ball! The craft beer revolution has really kicked-in in recent years and an organisation at the vanguard of this is BrewDog, founded in Fraserburgh in the North East of Scotland. As you’d expect the area remains important to the company and there are three BrewDog bars in Aberdeen; in the Gallowgate (its first bar), Castlegate and Union Square as well an eco-brewery just north east of the city in Ellon. Founded with the lofty aim of ‘revolutionising the beer industry and redefining beer-drinking culture’ the company also offers a free beer school in every

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bar where customers can take part in beer tasting and find out more about the brewing process. Among the beers it offers are Punk IPA and Dead Pony Club. Krakatoa, on Trinity Quay, is Aberdeen’s only authentic tiki dive bar and grassroots music venue. It also boasts 42 draught product lines, including imported world beers, Belgian and fruit beers, cask and keg ciders and cask ales. There is live music every Friday and Saturday from 9pm-11pm, on an elevated stage, typically showcasing touring bands with support from local acts. It also has a sizeable dance floor and late night DJs on Friday and Saturday from 11pm-3am. The music is a mix of rock, metal, punk, disco, funk, soul, electronica, and hardcore, all on the same night! Grape and Grain in Thistle Street is a new wine and gin bar on the Granite City scene. Its intimate atmosphere is ideal for couples and there is a wide selection of wines and spirits. Travelling to the top of Union Street at its junction with Alford Place you arrive at The College Bar, developed within the former Christ’s College building. You can’t miss it with its two flaming torches burning brightly at the door. A few hundred yards up the road is No.10 Bar & Restaurant. It was one of Aberdeen’s first wine bars, created at the height of 1980s and it remains one of the best the city has to offer with an p81

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impressive bar, lots of atmosphere, stylish basement vibes and large restaurant with private dining facilities. A further few hundred yards west of Queen’s Cross is The Dutch Mill, in Queen’s Road, which has catered for successive generations of Aberdonians and remains a fine watering hole. It retains its name from the original Dutch owner who set up the pub in the 1960s and it too has recently had a major refurbishment. Malmaison completes the Queen’s Road trail – catering in part for the professionals who work nearby in accountancy firms, lawyers’ offices and new media companies and who descend on the venue’s Malbar for a post-work cocktail or even an ice bucket filled with vintage champagne! You can’t visit Aberdeen without enjoy a few drams in the traditional Scottish pubs and McGinty’s Meal An’ Ale is the perfect watering hole. Established in 2009, McGinty’s is a warm and welcoming pub

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located on Union Street, renowned for its true Scottish hospitality, live sport, drinks selection and hearty home-made food. And if you fancy exploring the city a little more, you can head down the road to visit its sister venue, The Stag which is the perfect place to enjoy a few pints with friends. The city’s club scene is particularly vibrant and again there is rarely a quiet night to be had. Aberdeen’s oil set mix effortlessly with the city’s hairdressers, shop workers and students and most clubs often have extravagantly-themed nights. Espionage, in the heart of the city centre on Union Street, boasts three floors and four bars in addition to two dance floors. Open seven nights a week, 365 days a year and with no entry fee, it is naturally a favourite with city clubbers. Babylon is handily housed above The College bar, and the same clientele often migrate upstairs to finish their evening in one of Aberdeen’s smartest nightclubs, which is proud of its reputation as a club for all ages. Club Tropicana, as you’d expect from the name, appeals to people of all ages and the Chapel Street venue is themed with 1980s paraphernalia and has music ‘everyone’ can recognise. Exodus is upstairs in the Triple Kirks at the end of Belmont Street and has themed nights throughout the week where you can get your fix of anything from Motown, 60s and 70s and Electro. Moving out into the shire you are spoiled for choice by the number of country pubs and inns. Among these is The Broadstraik Inn about 20 minutes’ drive west of Aberdeen on the outskirts of Westhill which is an ideal stop for a drink or bar meal after exploring Royal Deeside. Offering more than a bit of history is The Ship Inn at Stonehaven, built in 1771. Good meals are available at the inn’s Captain’s Table restaurant with great views over the harbour and the bar serves a wide range of draught beers, including real ales, and over 100 different malt whiskies. Leaving Aberdeen on the north east route the White Horse Inn at Balmedie offers good food and beers and lies in the shadow of a major impact on the North East – the much heralded Donald Trump golf links at Menie, which opened in 2012. l

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at Aboyne Loch or the popular choice of Aberdeen municipal courses with Hazlehead a firm favourite. Aberdeen is also a football city – you can watch Premier and Highland League football with Aberdeen Football Club, known universally as the Dons, and Cove Rangers respectively. The city also plays host every year to the International Football Festival, an event that attracts hundreds of youth players from around the world for a week of exciting competition. For aqua fun, try the Beach Leisure Centre with its flumes and other exciting water features including fountains and a wave pool. Ice hockey enthusiasts and skaters can enjoy the facilities of the Linx Ice Arena which adjoins the Beach Leisure Centre. A number of privately-run health clubs in the city also offer superb facilities which help keep the people of Aberdeen on their toes. If tennis is your game, the Westburn Tennis p84

here better to experience true Scottish golf than on the variety of fairways in Aberdeen and the Grampian Highlands? You can choose from 25 links courses like the traditional links of Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay, Murcar and Moray Old to the courses of Cullen, Stonehaven, Royal Tarlair and Fraserburgh. To truly experience the delights of inland golf you can choose from 45 inland courses. From the highest tee in Scotland at Dufftown, or the new development at Ballindalloch Castle, enjoy the tranquil setting of our castle country at Alford or Turriff, or relish the engaging tests at Newmachar. Make sure you take time to discover the magnificent panorama of Royal Deeside with Inchmarlo, Banchory and Aboyne setting the pace. Or enjoy some holiday golf on one of the many pay and play courses, such as the new development

“YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM 25 LINKS COURSES LIKE THE TRADITIONAL LINKS OF ROYAL ABERDEEN, CRUDEN BAY, MURCAR AND MORAY OLD TO THE COURSES OF CULLEN, STONEHAVEN, ROYAL TARLAIR AND FRASERBURGH”

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Surfers at Aberdeen Beach

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The Cairnwell Chairlift will run from May to September/ October (weather permitting) and has hooks for mountain bikes.You can ride down the mountain on the land rover track.

22 Lifts & 36 Runs to suit all levels of skiers and boarders. Equipment hire, snow sports school, shop & 3 mountain cafés.

Please note this is not a beginners ride.

Opening times are 8.30am – 5pm (7 days a week during season)

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Centre boasts four indoor courts and five floodlit allweather courts. The City of Aberdeen Bowling Tournament is another major event on the sporting calendar. Indoor bowling fans also enjoy excellent facilities in the city including those available at the Bon Accord Indoor Bowling Centre in the heart of the city. Bounded as it is by the North Sea on the one side and the stunning scenery of Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms on another, Aberdeen is the gateway to a huge range of other sporting options. Stroll along the beach front any day and you’ll see surfers, windsurfers, canoeists, roller skaters, cyclists, joggers and other walkers. Inland, the area is a favourite with walkers, whether they are enjoying some of the walks in the city environs or taking to the hills for some more challenging hill walks. Other activities such as mountain biking, clay pigeon shooting and even gliding are all easily accessible from Aberdeen. The region is also famed for the quality of its fishing. The rivers Findhorn, Deveron, Lossie, Ythan and Ugie provide a heady mix of challenges for beginners and experienced anglers alike.

The River Spey, for example, is one of the most important salmon fishing rivers in the north east. It’s Scotland’s fastest flowing river and supports a major spawning population of the Atlantic salmon. If you prefer sea angling, you’re well catered for in this area. Tiny villages and picturesque harbours dotted along miles stunning coastline, provide an excellent base for a fishing holiday. Try sea trout fishing off the east or west beaches in Lossiemouth or rock fishing – for mackerel and haddock – around Aberdeen or further south at Stonehaven. There are also many programmes for people with disabilities. Many of the athletes involved in these programmes have gone on to win medals at major sporting events including the Special Olympics. If you’re looking for adventure, the list of sporting and leisure activity opportunities available is seemingly endless – horse riding, skiing and snowboarding, watersports including white water rafting, sailing, rowing and scuba diving, cycling, gorge walking, gymnastics, martial arts, running, little wonder that Aberdeenshire is proud of what it has to offer. l

“STROLL ALONG THE BEACH FRONT ANY DAY AND YOU’LL SEE SURFERS, WINDSURFERS, CANOEISTS, ROLLER SKATERS, CYCLISTS, JOGGERS AND OTHER WALKERS”

Enjoy fishing at the Tullich Fisher, situated in Ballater in the Cairngorms National Park

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GETTING HERE AND GETTING AROUND! Be it by road, rail, air, sea or sky, this area is easily accessible

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These are from throughout the UK, including daily flights to and from London, as well as many international destinations. Many low cost fares are available from airlines such as British Airways, Flybe, Ryanair and EasyJet.

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f there is no direct air link, the area enjoys excellent links with all the major European hubs which provide a plentiful supply of onward travel connections. And if you’re travelling north from elsewhere in the UK, you’ll find that Aberdeenshire also enjoys excellent road and rail connections with the rest of the country.

• Direct flights to over 40 destinations including London, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, Stavanger and Bergen, plus a range of direct charter flights to a number of holiday destinations. • 26 flights per day to and from London. • Over 3.1 million passengers a year. p88

BY AIR Aberdeen Airport is situated six miles north west of the city centre and offers easy access to the surrounding area. There are flights to Aberdeenshire from over 40 destinations.

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“THERE ARE 10 TRAINS A DAY TO INVERNESS AND 28 TRAINS A DAY TO DUNDEE. IN ADDITION THERE ARE REGULAR SERVICES TO EDINBURGH AND GLASGOW”

• Charter flights and oil-related services. • It is the 3rd-busiest airport in Scotland and has Europe’s busiest commercial airport. • Car hire is available from Hertz, Avis, Europcar, National, Alamo, Sixt and Enterprise. • There is a taxi rank at the airport or you can pre-book a taxi to pick you up from the airport. • Rail services are accessible from Dyce, a 10-minute drive or taxi-ride from the airport. • There are also buses available to and from the airport.

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BUSES Aberdeenshire is served in the main by First and Stagecoach bus companies. Buses within Aberdeen require the exact fare, so remember to have some change ready or buy a Farecard from local shops. Park & Ride facilities are available and late-night bus services run at the weekends. There are also services to and from Aberdeen Airport. Maps of all First city bus routes are available to download and timetables for First and Stagecoach are also available. London or you can take the option of using the overnight sleeper service so you awake refreshed at your destination. Direct services are also available to Birmingham, Plymouth and Manchester.

COACHES Aberdeenshire has coach operators that provide links to major cities throughout the UK. The main operators are Scottish Citylink and National Express. For the visitor, whether for business or pleasure, there are numerous bus and coach tours and day trips available. Choose from a variety of independent coach operators or, alternatively, First Group may be able to arrange a scheduled excursion or a First Group private hire.

ROAD Aberdeen is accessible by road from Edinburgh or Glasgow in around two hours. Follow the M9 north to Perth and then the A90 trunk road to Aberdeen. Alternatively if you wish to take in some more of the area’s scenery on your journey follow either the A92 north from Dundee or the A93 from Perth.

RAIL There are 10 trains a day to Inverness and 28 trains a day to Dundee. In addition there are regular services to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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THE SOUTH Connections south can be made from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Three direct trains take you to and from

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Discover Orkney & Shetland With some of the world’s oldest architecture and magnificent archaeological sites, rich culture, festivals, breath-taking scenery and award winning local food and drink - Scotland’s Northern Isles are the perfect destination for you to discover this year.

Built in 1943 by Italian prisoners of war, the Italian Chapel was exquisitely painted by Domenic Chiocchetti – a gifted painter from Moena, Italy.

With departures from Scrabster and Aberdeen, from the moment you step on board, our vessels offer the very best in comfort and safety. Dine on board as you set sail and enjoy award winning, seasonal menus using locallysourced food and drink. For those travelling from Scrabster, the MV Hamnavoe is the only vessel to sail past the Old Man of Hoy, one of the tallest sea stacks in Britain. Catch a glimpse of this Orkney icon on the top deck of MV Hamnavoe during the 90 minute sailing.

Your island adventure, is just a sailing away www.northlinkferries.co.uk Operated by

Shetland’s most famous residents – Shetland Ponies – are easily spotted as you travel across the islands. Standing at just 42 inches high, these captivating animals are instantly recognisable, charming and endearing.


To find out more about sustainable travel options whilst you are in the area visit getabout.org.uk. We hope you enjoy exploring Aberdeen City and Shire by bike, foot or public transport.

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Aberdeen Harbour

FERRIES AND FACILITIES Aberdeen Harbour has a growing tourism market with increasing numbers of cruise ships arriving each year as well as scheduled ferries and/or cargo services run to Orkney, Shetland, Norway, the Continent and elsewhere. Northlink Ferries sail daily to and from Orkney and Shetland from the Scottish mainland calling at Aberdeen, Kirkwall, Lerwick, Scrabster and Stromness ferry ports.

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ABERDEEN HARBOUR • Is the principal port servicing the offshore oil and gas industry in North West Europe. • Has deep water berthing and extensive laydown areas. • Handles specialist and general cargo. • Provides full services, including fresh water and fuel bunkering and dry dock. TAXIS Several taxi ranks are located in and around the city centre, but mainly at the train station on Guild Street, on Chapel Street, Back Wynd and Market Street. Smaller ranks can also be found in Dee Street and Justice Mill Lane. l

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Elgin Cathedral


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LET’S EXPLORE! Although you’ll never run out of things to do here, it’s also a great base to head further afield

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as Baxters of Speyside, Walkers Shortbread, and Johnstones of Elgin Cashmere, all of which have interesting visitor centres. For a fabulous day out with the children take a drive to the Landmark Forest Adventure Park in Carrbridge, just south of Inverness. The ideal place to let off steam, The Wild Watercoaster is like a rollercoaster experience on a runaway raft. Watch a working steam-powered saw mill, stroll along the Red Squirrel Trail and meet red squirrels face to face. Walk through the tops of tall pine trees on the Tree-Top Trail, climb the country’s tallest Timber Tower, or conquer the Pinnacle climbing wall or then let the children loose on the mini cars. A fantastic – and exhausting – experience for all ages. Or head north west of Aberdeenshire to visit some of Moray’s beautiful coastal towns. Benefiting from the mild gulf stream air, the area has its own micro-climate and is often fine and sunny. With stunning beaches, championship golf and rich history, the region is peppered with friendly towns and villages each with their own character – mystical Findhorn, Elgin with its glorious gardens and magnificent cathedral, known as the “Lantern of the North”, or Lossiemouth, a jewel in the Moray Firth coast. The town’s beach or harbour are great places to do some dolphin-spotting. Seeing dolphins in their natural environment is awe-inspiring, and there are some fantastic land-based watching spots all along the coast – an unforgettable experience for all. l

hether you want to seek the thrills of extreme mountain bike trails, do some rock-climbing, bag a few Munros, or simply soak up the scenery and enjoy the clear air and tranquil splendour of the Grampian mountains, don’t miss the chance to explore the great wilderness that is on the doorstep. You can even do a spot of skiing at the ski centres at The Lecht, or Glenshee, when winter weather conditions allow. Stretching westwards from Ballater, northwards to Granton-on-Spey, and southwards as far as the heads of the Angus Glens, the National Park covers around 10 per cent of Scotland. Rich with wildlife, from red squirrels to red deer, black grouse to golden eagles, otters, osprey and capercaillie, the park is home to a huge variety of species. It boasts some of the most spectacular landscapes in Britain, with dramatic mountains, ancient forests, heathery moors and beautiful, pure rivers. The springs that are the sources of many of these are also responsible for helping to create that Scottish ‘water of life’, otherwise known as whisky. Moray is true malt whisky country so head west from Huntly where you can visit working distilleries all within a few miles of each other, sampling malts such as Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Cardhu, Macallan and Strathisla. Other attractions include famous names such

“THE IDEAL PLACE TO LET OFF STEAM, THE WILD WATERCOASTER IS LIKE A ROLLERCOASTER EXPERIENCE ON A RUNAWAY RAFT. WATCH A WORKING STEAM-POWERED SAW MILL AND STROLL ALONG THE RED SQUIRREL TRAIL”

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THE HOME OF COUNTRY CLOTHING SCOTLAND’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS INDEPENDENT STORE

The House of Bruar is one of the leading designers of country clothing in Great Britain, creating a premium range of contemporary country classics in quality materials, with our Call of the Wild collection bringing you strikingly modern designs that set new standards of style. Our Cashmere and Knitwear Hall - the largest in the UK - is a treasure trove of stunning natural fibre garments in a spectacular range of colours. Alongside our own original creations you’ll also find a host of leading brands throughout our Ladieswear Department, including Adini, Gardeur, Masai and Barbour - of which we have the largest selection in Britain - while our Shoe and Handbag Department showcases Dubarry, Brics, Gianni Conti and Gabor. Men are equally well catered for in our 20,000 square foot Menswear Hall, with brands including Barbour, Gant, Levi’s and RM Williams, all of which are perfectly complemented by our own exclusive British tweeds, shirts, shoes and more to create the complete country wardrobe.

Innovative ideas for home and garden reside in the Country Living Department, and gifts galore can be found in our Present Shop, the highlights of which feature in our annual Handmade Gift Catalogue. We can even help you set up an exclusive wedding list for your special day. New to the store this year is The Jewel in the Crown, our dazzling jewellery shop filled with a resplendent collection of artful creations in gold, silver and a host of other materials. The best of Scotland’s natural larder is always on the menu in our Food Hall, Delicatessen and Restaurant, while our award-winning Butchery features quality cuts from local providers. Our new Bakery provides tempting treats with everything from freshly made sugar ring donuts to Mackie’s Scottish ice cream, while the unique Fish & Chip Shop also specialises in fresh lobster - the ultimate luxury comfort food! No trip to Scotland is complete without a visit to The House of Bruar, located just off the A9 ten miles north of Pitlochry. Shown here is a taste of our new Autumn/Winter 2019-20 range. To order a copy of the latest mail order catalogue please call us or visit our website.

The Fishing Tackle Shop offers a haven for the keen angler, while just next door you can browse contemporary rural art from some of Britain’s leading artists in our Gallery.

The House of Bruar by Blair Atholl, Perthshire, PH18 5TW Telephone: 01796 483 236 Email: office@houseofbruar.com

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REUNITE, RECONNECT & RE-ENERGISE

EAST CLOVENSTONE CROFT, KINTORE, INVERURIE, ABERDEENSHIRE, AB51 0YS

Self catering with a Twist, Pamper, Dine & Play Clovenstone Lodges offers a range of luxury options that would normally only be available at prestigious 5 star hotels. We offer something completely different and innovative for our guests! A range of activities that can be tailored to your group requirements, from leisure to relaxing, we have something for everyone. Our dining options include your very own private chef, our generous and hearty oven ready country fayre and our luxury breakfast vintage hampers. With space for everyone in the luxury hot tub why not take it easy, chat with friends, enjoy a glass of prosecco under the canopy of woodland and rolling views of beautiful countryside. Nearby there is a wealth of things to do with golf courses, distilleries and castles to explore with walks and bike trails including the endure trails for the more adventurous cyclist.

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