With Edinburgh and Glasgow the undoubted big hitters when it comes to Scottish city break destinations, Aberdeen is often sadly overlooked. This seems about to change however; with Disney/Pixar’s new blockbuster Brave set in the region, Aberdeen is set to open up to a brand-new, worldwide audience. Visit Scotland is promoting the region hard and hotels are selling out fast, so it is recommended to book soon to avoid missing out on a magical autumnal break to Aberdeen shire. Here are a few attractions to keep the whole family entertained.
Castles, castles and baronial homes
The city of Aberdeen and its surrounding areas are home to more than 300 castles and baronial homes, boasting more per acre than anywhere else in the UK. The best way to view the most popular is to take part in the world-famous castle trail, with the Queen’s-favorite Balmorals Castle recently added to the 17-strong trail. Keep an eye out for Five too (not that you can miss it), a grand former-royal fortress famous for its sweeping staircases and grand interiors. Spend as much time as possible around these historic monuments to get a real taste of the inspiration behind Brave.
Become a golf master
Aberdeen shire is famed for its quality of golf courses, with over 50 available in the region, suitable for everyone from beginner to pro. Hazlehead No.1 is undoubtedly the highlight, designed by Dr Alistair Mackenzie, famous for creating the home of the US Masters, Augusta National. If something with a little more history is preferred, the Royal Aberdeen course is the sixth oldest in the world, with many greats of the past having graced its fairways. Aberdeen’s courses are the perfect way to escape from the kids for a few hours.
Goes dolphin spotting?
For memories that will last a lifetime, witnessing a dolphin breach has to be up there. Either wander down to the harbor or the lighthouse to view them travelling between Moray Firth and Firth of Forth off in the distance, or get up close and personal with a boat ride into Moray Firth to see the bottle noses, porpoises, seals, basking sharks and mince whales from an arm’s length away.