Aberdeen and the Northeast

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  • 1. Aberdeen Maritime Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 2. St. Machar's Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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 in the shape of...Read More

  • 3. Baxters Highland Village

    Store/Shop/Mall

    Legendary Scottish food brand Baxters of Fochabers makes gourmet products here on the banks of the River Spey for worldwide export. From Tokyo...Read More

  • 4. Brig o'Balgownie

    Bridge/Tunnel

    Until 1827, the only northern route out of Aberdeen was over the River Don on this single-arch bridge. It dates from 1314 and is thought to...Read More

  • 5. Castle Trail

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    If you return east from Corgarff Castle to the A939/A944 junction and make a left onto the A944, the signs indicate that you're on the Castle...Read More

  • 6. Cruickshank Botanic Garden

    Garden/Arboretum

    Built on land bequeathed by Miss Anne Cruickshank in memory of her beloved brother, Alexander, the 11-acre Cruickshank Botanic Garden at the...Read More

  • 7. Duthie Park

    Park/Playground

    These 44 acres were donated to the people of Aberdeen by a Miss Elizabeth Crombie Duthie in 1880. An excellent place to while away an afternoon...Read More

  • 8. Fochabers Folk Museum & Heritage Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    Once over the Spey Bridge and past the cricket ground (a very unusual sight in Scotland), you can find the symmetrical, 18th-century Fochabers...Read More

  • 9. King's College

    Educational Institution

    Founded in 1494, King's College is now part of the University of Aberdeen. Its chapel, built around 1500, has an unmistakable flying (or crown...Read More

  • 10. King's Museum, Old Aberdeen Townhouse

    Museum/Gallery

    Across from the archway leading to King's College Chapel, this plain but handsome Georgian building was the center of all trading activity in...Read More

  • 11. Linn of Dee

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Although the main A93 slinks off to the south from Braemar, a little unmarked road will take you farther west into the hilly heartland. The...Read More

  • 12. Marischal College

    Government Building

    Founded in 1593 by the Earl Marischal (the keeper of the king's mares), Marischal College was a Protestant alternative to the Catholic King...Read More

  • 13. Mercat Cross

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Built in 1686 and restored in 1820, the Mercat Cross (the name stems from "marketplace"), always the symbolic center of a Scottish medieval...Read More

  • 14. Pluscarden Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Given the general destruction caused by the 16th-century upheaval of the Reformation, abbeys in Scotland tend to be ruinous and deserted, but...Read More

  • 15. Seafield Street

    Neighborhood/Street

    The town has a fine mercat (market) cross and one main street—Seafield Street—that splits the town. It holds numerous specialty shops—antiques...Read More

  • 16. St. Giles Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    At the center of Elgin, the most conspicuous structure is St. Giles Church, which divides High Street. The grand foursquare building, constructed...Read More

  • 17. St. Nicholas Kirk

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The original burgh church, the Mither Kirk, as this edifice is known, is not within the bounds of the early town settlement; that was to the...Read More

  • 18. Stonehaven Tolbooth Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Crime and punishment in days gone by are the central themes at this community-run museum in a 16th-century building that was once Stonehaven...Read More

  • 19. Tolbooth Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The city was governed from this 17th-century building, which was also the burgh court and jail, for 200 years. Now a museum of crime and punishment...Read More

  • 20. Union Street

    Neighborhood/Street

    This great thoroughfare is to Aberdeen what Princes Street is to Edinburgh: the central pivot of the city plan and the product of a wave of...Read More

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