The Grampian region, located in the northeastern part of Scotland, is one of the most diverse areas of the country, offering a blend of coastlines, mountains, quaint villages, and formidable castles. Named after the majestic Grampian Mountains that dominate the western edge of the region, it has a distinctive character that combines the best of the Lowlands and the Highlands.

Geographically, the Grampian region stretches from the east coast of Scotland to the boundary of the Highlands, encompassing Aberdeenshire and Moray and covering a vast expanse that includes some of the country’s most dramatic landscapes.

The Cairngorm National Park forms the backbone of the region and is a key attraction for outdoor enthusiasts, offering opportunities for hiking, climbing, and wildlife spotting, especially at places like Ben Macdui (one of Scotland’s tallest mountains at 4,295 feet) and the pretty village of Braemar – officially the coldest place in Britain.


Flowing through the heart of the region is the River Spey, renowned for its exceptional salmon fishing, and the Speyside Malt Whisky Trail which takes visitors through a collection of distilleries where they can explore the process of whisky-making and sample some of the world’s finest single malts.

The region’s coastline is equally captivating as it’s home to a rich variety of marine life, including dolphins, seals, and a plethora of bird species. The coastline also boasts some stunning beaches, with Lossiemouth East Beach and Balmedie Beach near Aberdeen being two highlights.

The city of Aberdeen, meanwhile, offers visitors the chance to enjoy historic attractions like the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, the stunning architecture of Marischal College, and the step-back-in-time atmosphere of Footdee village.

No visit to the Grampian region would be complete without exploring its wealth of historic castles. The Castle Trail is a unique journey through Scotland’s history, taking in 19 magnificent fortresses including the royal Balmoral Castle and the stunning Dunnottar Castle which is located at the top of a rocky headland near the town of Stonehaven.

Dunnottar Castle

Find places to visit and things to do in Grampian with these visitor guides.

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