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. 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

  • 3. Brig o'Balgownie

    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...Read More

  • 4. Castle Trail

    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...Read More

  • 5. Cruickshank Botanic Garden

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

  • 6. Duthie Park

    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...Read More

  • 7. Fochabers Folk Museum & Heritage Centre

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

  • 8. King's College

    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) spire....Read More

  • 9. King's Museum, Old Aberdeen Townhouse

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

  • 10. Linn of Dee

    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

  • 11. Marischal College

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

  • 12. Mercat Cross

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

  • 13. Pluscarden Abbey

    Given the general destruction caused by the 16th-century upheaval of the Reformation, abbeys in Scotland tend to be ruinous and deserted, but at the 13th-century...Read More

  • 14. Seafield 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 and gift stores, an...Read More

  • 15. St. Giles Church

    At the center of Elgin, the most conspicuous structure is St. Giles Church, which divides High Street. The grand foursquare building, constructed in 1828, exhibits...Read More

  • 16. St. Nicholas Kirk

    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...Read More

  • 17. Stonehaven Tolbooth Museum

    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's jail and...Read More

  • 18. Tolbooth Museum

    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...Read More

  • 19. Union 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...Read More

  • 20. Union Terrace

    In the 19th-century development of Union Terrace stands a statue of Robert Burns (1759–96) addressing a daisy. Behind Burns are the Union Terrace Gardens. A...Read More

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