Aberdeen - Far & Wide
Many visitors begin their tour of Scotland with a stay here, preferring to start out fresh after a flight into Aberdeen International Airport or a drive up from the south or down from the north. Increasingly, they are discovering how convenient the area is as a base for touring. Here are some of the reasons why:
The outstanding natural beauty of Aberdeenshire and Royal Deeside is yours to absorb. Let the landscape and atmosphere of the North East of Scotland work its spell on you. Aberdeen is also one of the ‘Gateways to the Highlands’ – indeed, it is one of the most picturesque if travelling via Royal Deeside or North up the Inverness road. Meander from this route and you can find yourself in rural Buchan and the Moray coast – a very rewarding distraction.
Coastal trail & Lewis Grassic Gibbon:
And Maryculter House Hotel is not far from the Mearns and the Lewis Grassic Gibbon centre – for fans of this classic Scottish author, or follow the beautiful Coastal Trail: a journey through some of Europe’s most unspoilt and picturesque coastline. Along the way you’ll find cliff tops and coves, beaches and bays, and towns and villages. There's a wide range of visitor attractions, nature reserves and other places of natural interest as you follow the165 mile sign posted trail.
Or if you are looking for a historical tour look no further than the Victorian Trail; where, Queen Victoria’s distinctive profile on brown-coloured tourist signs points you along the Victorian Heritage Trail, leading you to some of the spots she herself enjoyed during visits to the area. The trail also takes in two distilleries, one at Fettercairn in the Mearns, and the other below Lochnagar among the Deeside hills. Fettercairn and Royal Lochnagar distilleries - both open to visitors - each produce a distinct and flavoursome single malt. Of course you can also follow and enjoy the Castle Trail or the world’s only Malt Whisky Trail.
For the more intepid traveller you can always take a ferry to the northern islands of Scotland: Shetland and Orkney with nightly sailings going from Aberdeen NorthLink ferry terminal down by Aberdeen harbour.