Aberdeen and the Northeast

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  • 1. Balmoral Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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

    Garden/Arboretum

    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

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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. 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

  • 8. Ballindalloch Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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

  • 9. Balvenie Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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

  • 10. Braemar Highland Games Centre

    Local Interest–Sight

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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Craigievar Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

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

  • 14. Elgin Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Cooper Park contains a magnificent ruin, the Elgin Cathedral, consecrated in 1224. Its eventful story included devastation by fire: a 1390 act...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Haddo House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Built in 1732, this elegant mansion has a light and graceful Georgian design, with curving wings on either side of a harmonious, symmetrical...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Spynie Palace

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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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