Do you love castles, stunning countryside, beautiful beaches and birdwatching? If so, Scotland’s Castle Country in the rugged and wild North East of Scotland could be perfect for your next cottage holiday.
Scotland’s Castle Country is to be found in Aberdeenshire and extends in to the awe-inspiring landscape of the Cairngorms National Park. Earning the title of ‘Castle Country’ by virtue of the high concentration of castles in this area of Scotland, there are a total of 17 castles in Aberdeenshire, guaranteed to keep ghost hunters and history lovers entertained and entranced on a cottage break.
Add to this attractions like Royal Deeside, the Aberdeenshire countryside and coastline and it’s easy to see that Aberdeenshire has more than one string to its bow. Aberdeenshire has so much to offer for self-catering breaks in fact that your only challenge may be deciding on the best things to see and do in the time you have available. Do the Castle Trail, follow walking trails through Aberdeenshire’s wonderful rural landscapes or plan your own unique adventure, it’s up to you!
Top Attractions in Scotland’s Castle Country include:
– Slains Castle, this dramatic ruin sits high on a cliff and literally on the cliff edge where the waves of the North Sea crash angrily against the rocks, well worth a visit.
– Cruden Bay, home to Slains Castle, this pretty fishing village has a long sandy beach, high sand dunes which the kids will love jumping from and a quaint harbour, for pure Scottish charm it doesn’t get any better than this!
– Pennan, another very pretty seaside village, this village has a pebble beach, picture-perfect fishermen’s cottages and a sea cave, the approach is steep and dramatic.
– Royal Deeside, visit and discover just why the Queen loves to holiday in this part of Scotland. Visit at the right time of year and you might be lucky enough to visit Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s very own holiday home.
– Speyside, renowned for its whisky trail and excellent walking and wildlife watching opportunities. Discover Scotland’s natural beauty and enhance your visit with a taste of a ‘wee dram’.
– Cairngorms National Park – with lochs, mountains and glens, the Cairngorms is an inspirational place and a paradise for walkers, hikers and wildlife watchers. Watch out for wild cats and eagles soaring proudly in the sky.
Wherever you choose to go in Scotland’s Castle Country you can be assured of a warm welcome and stunning natural beauty at every turn. So when will you be going? To whet your appetite and for ideas on places to stay, take a look at Cottages in Aberdeenshire.