Aberdeen and the Northeast

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Aberdeen and the Northeast - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. 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...Read More

  • 2. 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 as one...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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...Read More

  • 5. 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...Read More

  • 6. 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...Read More

  • 7. 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...Read More

  • 8. 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...Read More

  • 9. 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...Read More

  • 10. Corgarff Castle

    Military Sight

    Eighteenth-century soldiers paved a military highway north from Ballater to Corgarff Castle, an isolated tower house on the moorland with a...Read More

  • 11. Craigievar Castle


    Pepper-pot turrets make Craigievar Castle an outstanding example of a tower house. Striking and well preserved, it has many family furnishings...Read More

  • 12. Spynie Palace


    Just north of Elgin sits Spynie Palace, the impressive 15th-century former headquarters of the bishops of Moray. It has now fallen into ruin...Read More

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