14 Sights in Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom (with Map and Images)


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Explore interesting sights in Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 14 sights are available in Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom.

1. East Aquhorthies Stone Circle

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East Aquhorthies Stone Circlestu smith from Hampton Wick / Aberdeen, uk / CC BY-SA 2.0

Easter Aquhorthies stone circle, located near Inverurie in north-east Scotland, is one of the best-preserved examples of a recumbent stone circle and one of the few that still have their full complement of stones and the only one that has all its stones still standing without having been re-erected. It stands on a gentle hill slope about 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Inverurie and consists of a ring of nine stones, eight of which are grey granite and one red jasper. Two more grey granite stones flank a recumbent of red granite flecked with crystals and lines of quartz. The circle is particularly notable for its builders' use of polychromy in the stones, with the reddish ones situated on the SSW side and the grey ones opposite. The discovery of a possible cist covered by a capstone at the centre of the circle indicates that there may once have been a cairn there, but only a conspicuous bump now remains.

Wikipedia: Easter Aquhorthies stone circle (EN)

2. Castle Fraser

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Castle Fraser

Castle Fraser is the most elaborate Z-plan castle in Scotland and one of the grandest 'Castles of Mar'. It is located near Kemnay in the Aberdeenshire region of Scotland. The castle stands in over 300 acres (1.2 km2) of landscaped grounds, woodland and farmland which includes a walled kitchen garden of the 19th century. There is archaeological evidence of an older square tower dating from around 1400 or 1500 within the current construction. The castle is a Category A listed building and the grounds are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland.

Wikipedia: Castle Fraser (EN)

3. Tolquhon Castle

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Tolquhon Castle

Tolquhon Castle is located in Aberdeenshire, north-east Scotland. It lies about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north-west of Pitmedden, and 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Tarves. The castle was built by William Forbes, 7th Laird of Tolquhon, between 1584 and 1589 as an extension to the earlier tower house known as Preston's Tower. Although ruined, the castle has been described as "the most characteristic château of the Scots Renaissance". It is in the care of Historic Scotland and is open to the public.

Wikipedia: Tolquhon Castle (EN)

4. Abergeldie Castle

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Abergeldie Castle is a four-floor tower house in Crathie and Braemar parish, SW Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It stands at an altitude of 840 feet (260 m), on the south bank of the River Dee, five miles (8 km) west of Ballater, and about two miles (3 km) east of the royal residence of Balmoral Castle. Behind it rises Creag nam Ban, a rounded granite hill about 527 metres (1,729 ft) high, and across the river to its front is the cairn-crowned Geallaig Hill, rising to 743 metres (2,438 ft).

Wikipedia: Abergeldie Castle (EN)

5. Glenshee Ski Centre

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Glenshee Ski Centre is an alpine snowsports area in the Scottish Highlands. It is located above the Cairnwell Pass at the head of Glen Shee on either side of the A93 road between Blairgowrie and Braemar. Glenshee is Britain's largest alpine snowsports area and is referred to as the 'Scottish Three Glens'. in reference to Les Trois Vallées. The ski area covers 2,000 acres (8.1 km2).

Wikipedia: Glenshee Ski Centre (EN), Website

6. Oxen Craig

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Bennachie is a range of hills in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It has several tops, the highest of which, Oxen Craig, has a height of 528 metres (1,732 ft). Though not particularly high, compared to other peaks within Scotland, the mountain is very prominent, owing to its isolation and the relative flatness of the surrounding terrain, and dominates the skyline from several viewpoints.

Wikipedia: Bennachie (EN)

7. Raedykes Roman camp

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Raedykes is the site of a Roman marching camp located just over three miles northwest of Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. National Grid Reference NO 842902. It is designated as a scheduled monument. A marching camp was a temporary camp used mainly for overnight stops on a long route between more permanent forts, or as a temporary base while on campaign in hostile territory.

Wikipedia: Raedykes (EN)

8. Craigievar Castle

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Craigievar Castle is a pinkish harled castle or fortified country house 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It was the seat of Clan Sempill, and the Forbes family resided here for 350 years until 1963, when the property was given to the National Trust for Scotland by William Forbes-Sempill, 19th Lord Sempill.

Wikipedia: Craigievar Castle (EN), Website

9. The GlenDronach Distillery

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Glendronach distillery is a Scottish whisky distillery located near Forgue, by Huntly, Aberdeenshire, in the Highland whisky district. It was owned by the BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd. The name Glendronach derives from the Scottish Gaelic Gleann Dronach which means "valley of the brambles" or "valley of the blackberries".

Wikipedia: Glendronach distillery (EN)

10. Bognie Castle

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Bognie Castle is a ruined castle near Huntly and Banff in the Aberdeenshire region of Scotland. It was built in the 17th century and is now ruined. It once rose 4 stories high, but according to tradition was never inhabited. It shows traces of a plain building, and apparently existed in 1696.

Wikipedia: Bognie Castle (EN)

11. Cairn Riv

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Cairn Riv

Carlin Stone or Carline Stane is the name given to a number of prehistoric standing stones and natural stone or landscape features in Scotland. The significance of the name is unclear, other than its association with old hags, witches, and the legends of the Cailleach.

Wikipedia: Carlin stone (EN)

12. Old Slains Castle

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Slains Castle is a ruined castle near Collieston in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is not to be confused with New Slains Castle, a separate building located five miles to the north-east. Built in the 13th century, it was partly destroyed in 1594.

Wikipedia: Old Slains Castle (EN)

13. Càrn Aosda

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Càrn Aosda is a Scottish mountain situated 12.5 km south of the town of Braemar, in the county of Aberdeenshire. It stands near the summit of the Cairnwell Pass on the A93 road, in the midst of the Glenshee Ski Centre.

Wikipedia: Càrn Aosda (EN)

14. Strichen Stone Circle

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Strichen Stone Circle Chris Lodge / CC BY-SA 2.0

Strichen stone circle is a Megalithic recumbent stone circle located near Strichen, Aberdeenshire in the north east of Scotland. It has been destroyed twice and in the early 1980s was excavated and reconstructed.

Wikipedia: Strichen stone circle (EN)


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