Aberdeen and the Northeast

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  • 1. Aberdeen Maritime Museum

    This excellent museum, which incorporates the 1593 Provost Ross's House, tells the story of the city's relationship with the sea, from early inshore fisheries to...Read More

  • 2. Balmoral Castle

    The British royal family's favorite vacation spot is a fabulous fake-baronial pile, with emphasis on the "fake." Compared with Scotland's most authentic castles, Balmoral is...Read More

  • 3. Castle Fraser

    The massive Castle Fraser is the ancestral home of the Frasers and one of the largest of the castles of Mar; it's certainly a contender...Read More

  • 4. Crathes Castle

    About 16 miles west of Aberdeen, Crathes Castle was once the home of the Burnett family and is one of the best-preserved castles in Britain....Read More

  • 5. Drum Castle

    This foursquare tower has an evocative medieval chapel that dates from the 13th century; like many other castles, it also has later additions up to...Read More

  • 6. Duff House

    The jewel in Banff's crown is the grand mansion of Duff House, a splendid William Adam–designed (1689–1748) Georgian mansion. It's now an annex of the...Read More

  • 7. Dunnottar Castle

    It's hard to beat the cinematic majesty of the magnificent cliff-top ruins of Dunnottar Castle, with its panoramic views of the North Sea. Building began...Read More

  • 8. Fyvie Castle

    In an area rich with castles, Fyvie Castle stands out as the most complex. Five great towers built by five successive powerful families turned a...Read More

  • 9. Glen Grant Distillery & Garden

    This historic distillery on the northern edge of Rothes has been producing award-winning single malts since 1840, and it's still going strong today. An impressive...Read More

  • 10. Glenfiddich Distillery

    Many make Glenfiddich Distillery their first stop on the Malt Whisky Trail. The independent company of William Grant and Sons Limited was the first to...Read More

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  • 11. Macallan Distillery

    Beneath a vast, undulating, turf-covered roof that mimics the outlines of the surrounding moorland, the Macallan Distillery and Visitor Centre is now an exciting tourism...Read More

  • 12. St. Machar's Cathedral

    It's said that St. Machar was sent by St. Columba to build a church on a grassy platform near the sea, where a river flowed...Read More

  • 13. Aberdeen Art Gallery

    Northeast Scotland's most important art gallery now has seven exhibition spaces where over 1,000 of its treasures are displayed. There's also a penthouse gallery hosting...Read More

  • 14. Alford Heritage Museum

    This award-winning, community-run museum, housed in an early 20th-century livestock auction mart, has a fascinating collection of local memorabilia and allows a glimpse into the...Read More

  • 15. Ballindalloch Castle

    The family home of the Macpherson-Grants since 1546, Ballindalloch Castle is every visitor's idea of what a Scots laird's lair should look like. You can...Read More

  • 16. Balvenie Castle

    On a mound just above the Glenfiddich Distillery is this grim, gray, and squat curtain-walled castle. This ruined fortress, which dates from the 13th century,...Read More

  • 17. Balvenie Distillery

    As soon as you step into the old manager's office at Balvenie Distillery—now gently restored and fitted with knotted-elm furniture—you realize Balvenie wants to make...Read More

  • 18. Braemar Castle

    On the northern outskirts of town, Braemar Castle dates from the 17th century, although its defensive walls, in the shape of a pointed star, came...Read More

  • 19. Braemar Highland Games Centre

    This unabashedly royalist visitor attraction is devoted to the tartan heritage of the Braemar Royal Highland Society, the organizers of the original Highland Gathering. It...Read More

  • 20. Braemar Highland Gathering

    The village of Braemar is associated with the Braemar Highland Gathering, held the first Saturday in September. Although there are many such gatherings celebrated throughout...Read More

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