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  • 1 Gardens of Crathes Castle Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    A93 GB - Banchory AB31 5QJ

    The lifetime work of Sir James and Lady Burnett, these gardens combine a wide variety of forms, colours and scents. Yew hedges dating from 1702 separate the predominantly red and yellow Pool Garden from the two formal French gardens, the Fountain (sh..

  • 2 Old Aberdeen Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Old Aberdeen GB - Aberdeen

    This episcopal city retained its autonomy up until 1891. Today visitors can still wander in the medieval streets extending from the Royal College to St Machar's Cathedral. College Bounds, High Street, Don Street and The Shanonry are still lined by a ..

  • 3 St Machar's Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The Shanonry Old Aberdeen GB - Aberdeen AB24 1RQ

    The Cathedral dating back to the 14 and 15C, towers above the alluvial plains of the River Don. In the 6C Saint Macaire had a sanctuary built there in accordance with the wishes of Saint Columba. The austere west façade has an extremely beautiful sta..

  • 4 Art Gallery Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Schoolhill GB - Aberdeen AB10 1FQ

    In a pink and grey granite building by AM Mackenzie, this collection focuses on contemporary works, as well as examples by local artists including William Dyce (a precursor of the Pre-Raphaelites) and William McTaggart (whose style is evocative of th..

  • 5 Dunnottar Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - Stonehaven AB39 2TL

    Legend has it that St Ninian founded a Christian community here in the 5C, which is why Sir William Keith was excommunicated for having built this 14C castle here. The vast ruins of Dunnottar stand on a headland that is virtually inaccessible with th..

  • 6 Crathes Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Banchory GB - Banchory AB31 5QJ

    A 16C fortified house, Crathes Castle is a striking example of traditional architecture which is enhanced by a series of delightful gardens. Admirable painted ceilings and particularly interesting early vernacular furniture can still be seen in some ..

  • 7 Duff House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - Banff AB45 3SX

    Northeast Scotland's most refined residence, this splendid Baroque mansion was designed by William Adam in around 1735 for William Duff, who became first Earl of Fife. Sold in the early 20C, it became a military camp during the Second World War, and ..

  • 8 Pitmedden Garden Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Ellon GB - Pitmedden AB41 7PD

    The magnificent formal garden at Pitmedden is a rare jewel at this latitude. It is seen at its best in summer, when the annuals are in bloom. Visitors can admire the neatly clipped yews, trim boxwood hedges, shaven lawns, flowerbeds, a herb garden, g..

  • 9 Mercat Cross Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    GB - Aberdeen AB23

    This handsome market cross, adorned with a unicorn, frieze, medallion portraits and coats of arms, dates from 1686. It stands at the old centre of the town where all public punishments and proclamations took place. Its name is a reminder that in the ..

  • 10 Royal Deeside Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    North Deeside Road GB - Aberdeen AB23

    The Valley of the River Dee, known as Deeside, extends deep into the Grampian Hills. Dotted with castles such as Drum and Crathes, it is home to a wide variety of sites including the architectural masterpiece of Craigievar, Aboyne Park, where Highlan..

  • 11 Brig o'Balgownie Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. Don GB - Aberdeen AB23

    This bridge over the Don (14C.), one of Aberdeen's largest medieval constructions, has a gothic arch and a defensive baffle plate at its southern most point.

  • 12 Marischal College Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. Broad GB - Aberdeen AB23

    This college was established in the 16C by the 5th earl-marshal in the old Franciscan monastery, which then merged with the royal college to form the university of Aberdeen. The impressive granite façade is 20C.

  • 13 Provost Skene's House Interesting

    Museums and art

    Guestrow GB - Aberdeen AB10 1AS

    in this admirably furnished 17C house you can't help but admire the plastered and skirted ceilings and especially the painted ceiling (16C) of the chapel.

  • 14 Castle Fraser Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Inverurie GB - Dunecht AB51 7LD

    Castle Fraser is one of the grander Castles of Mar and is a marvellous illustration of defensive constructions of this period (1560-1636). Although in the form of a traditional tower house, the builders (the Bells and the Leipers) gave it a number of..

  • 15 Haddo House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Methlick GB - Methlick AB41 7EQ

    Haddo House, an 18C manor, is located in the Grampian castle region on a wooded estate, now a country park. It was the seat of the Gordons, the Earls and later Marquises of Aberdeen and is now home to the Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society which..

  • 16 Corgaff Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A 944 GB - Strathdon AB36 8YP

    The castle, near the source of the River Don, controls a ford over the Spey Valley road via the Lecht pass. The 16C fortified house was a hunting lodge and was later turned into a garrison for government troops after the 1748 rising, at which time th..

  • 17 Fyvie Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Turriff GB - Fyvie AB53 8JS

    Alexander Seton (1639-1719), chancellor and creator of Pitmedden Gardens, renovated Fyvie Castle and added the Preston and Meldrum towers. The result is an impressive façade that is 46m long, a striking example of noble architecture from the 17C. At ..

  • 18 Tolquhon Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Century tower GB - Pitmedden AB41 7LP

    Surrounded by well-tended lawns, Tolquhon Castle is a rectangular castle with mellow stonework, arranged around an inner court. Interesting features include the gatehouse adorned with curious sculptured figures, the projecting round tower, the main s..

  • 19 Linn of Dee Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Inverey

    Linn o'Dee is a famous beauty spot. Here the River Dee tumbles from the mountain in a waterfall where salmon can sometimes be seen leaping. Below, the river flows on through narrow rocky pools.

  • 20 Maritime Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Shiprow GB - Aberdeen AB11 5BY

    In the setting of two 16C houses, the museum recalls all the activities of the port through models, paintings and memorabilia retracing the history of fishing, the shipbuilding industry, and petrol exploration in the North Sea. The museum has been re..

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