Aberdeenshire. Where you can besiege a castle, dance by the sea and dine beneath the stars
Discover Aberdeenshire’s intriguing past, from its absorbing Pictish and Neolithic heritage to over 300 castles – more per acre than anywhere else in the UK. Uncover mysteries and mayhem along Scotland’s Castle Trail, follow in Queen Victoria’s footsteps along the Victorian Heritage Trail, or trace your family tree at ‘Routes to Your North East Roots’ in August at historic Haddo House. Book your brilliant moments in Aberdeenshire now.
Inspiring landscapes and wildlife
The dramatic 165-mile coastline of Aberdeenshire is an undiscovered gem bursting with wildlife, sweeping beaches and unbeatable scenery. Witness the homecoming return of thousands of gannets as they return to their roosts at RSPB Troup Head, near Pennan - the biggest mainland gannet colony in the UK. See seabirds nesting on cliff ledges at the Bullers of Buchan near Cruden Bay and at RSPB Fowlsheugh near Stonehaven. Spot colourful king eider ducks and basking seals on the Ythan Estuary or dolphins and whales off the Banffshire and East Grampian coasts. Inland in Royal Deeside, look out for soaring golden eagles, scurrying red squirrels and magnificent red deer - the monarchs of the glen.
WIN a memorable coastal break for two in Aberdeenshire!
· 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast at the 4-star Banff Springs Hotel
· Lunch and a food hamper from Dean’s of Huntly
· A tour of historic Glen Garioch Distillery
· And a bottle of 12 year old Glen Garioch single malt whisky
ENTER at: visitscotland.com/aberdeenshiredigital
Open to UK, CI, IoM and RoI residents 18+. Draw closes for receipt of all entries 24.04.14. Limited to one entry per person. No purchase necessary. Prize: As stated above. Prize must be taken by 31.10.14. To enter and for full terms and conditions go to visitscotland.com/aberdeenshiredigital. Promoter: VisitScotland, Edinburgh EH6 6JH.