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© Balmoral Estate Castle Country

Nowhere else in Scotland has such a rich array of castles, from medieval fortresses to richly ornamented tower houses. The ‘Castle Trail’, well signposted and with its own leaflet, will help you discover some of the best.

Castles & Stately Homes in Aberdeen & Grampian Highlands

© Glenlivet Distillery Malt Whisky

The north west corner of Grampian is the heartland of malt whisky distilling in Scotland. Hidden away here among the low hills you will find distillery after distillery, each with its gleaming copper stills, producing distinctive and much sought after malts. Many distilleries are open to the public. Take the Malt Whisky Trail to discover what is so special about the malt whiskies of Speyside.

Distilleries in Aberdeen & Grampian Highlands

Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circle © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. Ancient Sites

From hill top cairns to burial cists, recumbent stone circles to Pictish standing stones, Grampian has a wealth of early sites to intrigue the visitor.

Historic Sites & Monuments in Aberdeen & Grampian Highlands

Pitmedden Garden © National Trust  For Scotland Great Gardens

Light rainfall in the rain-shadow of the Grampians, plus a rich soil, make Grampian good gardening country, as a visit to Crathes Castle, Leith Hall, or ornate Pitmedden will confirm.

Gardens & Nurseries in Aberdeen & Grampian Highlands

© Copyright Gordon Highlanders Museum Museums & Galleries

With the harbourside Maritime Museum, one of the finest public art collections in the UK, and a superb military museum – on the Gordon Highlanders, there is no shortage of choice.

Museums & Galleries in Aberdeen & Grampian Highlands

© Copyright Touched by Scotland Speciality Shops

Craftware from woollens to jewellery, plus a huge range of quality gifts – look out for speciality shops both in the city and the countryside.

Speciality Shops in Aberdeen & Grampian Highlands