Braemar is a small village in Aberdeenshire that is located near the River Dee. The village is a popular tourist destination due to the number of outdoor activities on offer with hikers using the village as a base to explore Glen Tilt, Glen Dee, Glen Derry and Glen Feshie.
The annual Highland Games Gathering is held in Braemar on the first Saturday in September and is traditionally attended by members of the British royal family.
Dunnottar Castle is set on a dramatic clifftop overlooking the North Sea near the coastal town of Stonehaven.
The 15th-century castle was the home of the Earls Marischal and it offers a fascinating glimpse into Scotland’s past.
While most visitors to Cullen will undoubtedly have an ‘ah, of course…!’ moment when they realise this pretty little village is actually the birthplace of Cullen Skink soup, they’ll likely have several more unexpected outbursts once they start roaming the gorgeous coastline that borders the village.
Portsoy is one of those hidden gems that you’ve probably never heard of, but if you get the chance to explore this quiet section of Aberdeenshire you really should take the time to check it out.
The historic coastal town of Banff in the north-east of Scotland is becoming increasingly popular with tourists who visit in their droves to explore the rugged coastline and secluded coves and beaches that this part of the country is famous for.
Perhaps the highlight to any visit to the Morayshire town of Elgin is a visit to the glorious cathedral that has dominated the town since building works began on it in 1224 AD.
Dallas Dhu began life as the Dallasmore distillery in 1898 when entrepreneur Alexander Edward saw an opportunity to meet the rising demand for fine malts to be included in the blends that were popular at the time. The distillery no longer produces spirit but is instead operated by Historic Environment Scotland as a tourist attraction.
While the village of Lossiemouth is perhaps most famous for the enormous military air-force base which lies on its outskirts, those in the know flock there during the summer months to enjoy the gorgeous stretch of golden beach that runs along the village’s eastern side.
Spynie Palace is located in the heart of the lovely Moray countryside, where the imposing walls of this immense building served as the fortified home to the bishops of Moray for over 500 years.
There’s a huge amount of history in this little town including a pre-reformation market cross, a tollbooth, the gorgeous 18th-century Duff House, and of course the lovely harbour which now mainly serves leisure craft.