ABERDEENSHIRE and MORAY

including Aberdeen

 
 

 
Aberlour DistilleryAberlourDistillery
An in-depth tour of Aberlour Distillery so that the discerning visitor can enjoy the true Aberlour Experience. Following an overview of the whisky process and a guided tour of the distillery. our guests will be shown into a warehouse where they can nose and taste six different whiskies, four of which are cask strength.

Auchindoun CastleDufftownCastle Ruin
The castle, which stands within the ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort, was built for John, earl of Mar, in the 15th century but he was murdered by his own brother King James III. Auchindoun Castle then passed to Thomas Cochrane, one of the king’s favourites, who came to an unpleasant end when he was hanged from Lauder Bridge in 1482 by jealous nobles led by Archibald “Bell-the-Cat” Douglas, earl of Angus. The castle later became a stronghold of the Gordons. It was sacked and burned by the Mackintoshes in 1591 and, despite being repaired, was abandoned by the 18th century when its stone started being used for other local building projects.

Balvenie CastleDufftownCastle
For over 500 years, Balvenie Castle served as the formidable stronghold of the great lords who ruled over this part of north-east Scotland. The immensely powerful ‘Black’ Comyn earls of Buchan built it in the 13th century. When they were forfeited in the early 14th century, because of their alliance with the ill-fated John Balliol, the stronghold passed to the mighty ‘Black’ Douglases. And when the Douglases too were wiped out around 1455 by James II, the victorious Stewart king entrusted it to a kinsman, John Stewart, Earl of Atholl. It remained with his descendants for the next 250 years. Today’s visitor will find important, and impressive, remains dating from all three dynastic families.

Benromach Distillery and Malt Whisky CentreForresDistillery
Benromach distillery is the smallest working distillery in Moray. Its distinctive near 100 foot red brick chimney rises high above the neat white distillery buildings below. The distillery is open all year round and groups are welcome. Facilities include a picnic area and a shop. Enjoy a personal guided tour, browse through the gift shop, learn about whisky at a tutored nosing and tasting and enjoy the exhibition.

Brandsbutt Symbol StoneInveruriePrehistoric Site
An early Pictish symbol stone, with an ogham inscription.

Brodie CastleBrodie, ForresCastle
Set in peaceful parkland, this fine 16th-century tower house is packed with enough art and antiques to keep connoisseurs happy all day. It contains fine French furniture; English, continental and Chinese porcelain; and a major collection of paintings, including 17th-century Dutch art, 19th-century English watercolours, and early 20th-century works. The magnificent library contains some 6,000 volumes.

Burghead WellBurgheadWell
A rock-cut well, identified by some as an early Christian baptistry associated with the local cult of St Ethan.

Cardhu Distillery Visitor CentreAberlourDistillery
Share with us the story of the only malt distillery pioneered by a woman. The malt whisky produced here has a warmth and cleanliness of taste which experts describe as “silky” and is used in some of the award winning Johnnie Walker blends.

Castle FraserInverurieCastle
Castle Fraser is an atmospheric baronial castle dating back to the 15th century and was the ancestral home of the Fraser family. It retains the atmosphere of the family home with portraits, furniture and mementoes. Highlights include the Great Hall dating back to the 1400s, an original library with family books, and a grand worked room with 18th-century embroideries.

Corgarff CastleCorgarff, StrathdonCastle
Corgarff Castle is not as ordinary as the visitor might imagine on first seeing it in its lonely moorland setting. The unusual appearance of the little tower is confirmed as the visitor draws near and makes out more clearly its star-shaped perimeter wall. Corgarff’s story is really two stories. The first takes us from the middle of the 16th century, when the tower was built, through to the close of the 17th century, when it was abandoned. This was the castle’s heyday, when it served as the impressive fortified home of the Forbeses of Corgarff. The second story takes us from the mid-18th century, when the tower was turned into soldiers’ barracks, through to 1831, when the army abandoned it. For those 95 years, the redcoats in the old tower patrolled Strathdon, hunting down Jacobite sympathisers. Latterly they helped the excisemen stamp out the illegal production and smuggling of whisky.

Craigievar CastleAlfordCastle
Craigievar is an iconic tower house, amongst the best preserved and the most loved in Scotland. The large estate features woodland, parkland with magnificent specimen trees, and farmland with extensive views over the surrounding countryside to Bennachie.

Crathes CastleBanchoryCastle
One of the most beautiful and best preserved castles in Scotland set against a magnificent garden with its world-renowned June Border. Occupied by the Burnetts of leys for over 350 years the castle, garden and estate are a must see for any visitor to the north-east of Scotland. The Horsemill book & gift shop is an exciting new addition to Crathes offering a wide selection of books for sale from Scottish interest to cookery, gardening and humour. Both the Horsemill Shop and Courtyard Catering facilities are open daily throughout the year.

Culsh Earth HouseCulshPrehistoric Site
A well-preserved underground passage, with roofing slabs intact over the large chamber and entrance. About 2000 years old.

Dallas Dhu Historic DistilleryForresDistillery
The picturesque distillery of Dallas Dhu was built in 1898 to produce malt whisky for Glasgow firm Wright and Greig’s popular ‘Roderick Dhu’ blend. Visitors to the unique time capsule of Dallas Dhu can see and hear how whisky was made – there is an audio-visual presentation and free audio guide – and sample a free dram.

Deer AbbeyOld DeerMonastery
The remains of a Cistercian monastery founded in 1219.

Deskford ChurchDeskfordChurch
The ruin of a small late medieval church with a richly carved sacrament house of a type characteristic of north-east Scotland.

Duffus CastleNr ElginCastle
One of the finest examples of a motte and bailey castle in Scotland with a later, very fine, stone hall house and curtain wall. The original seat of the Moray family.

Dyce Symbol StonesKirktonStones
Two Pictish stones, one with the older type of incised symbols and the other with symbols accompanied by a cross and decoration.

Easter Aquhorthies Stone CircleInverurieStone Circle
A recumbent stone circle about 4000 years old.

Elgin CathedralElginCathedral
Elgin Cathedral is one of Scotland’s most beautiful medieval buildings, and the inspiration for many an artist. The imposing yellow sandstone ruin is also one of the most important architectural legacies from that bygone age, whose intriguingly complex building history will reward the patient visitor. The cathedral was the ecclesiastical centre, the spiritual heart, of the diocese of Moray. The bishop’s cathedra, or seat, was not always at Elgin – it had previously been at nearby Kinneddar, Birnie and Spynie – but once it was transferred to Elgin around 1224, it remained there until the Protestant Reformation of 1560 effectively left the cathedral redundant.

Fettercairn Distillery Visitor CentreFettercairnDistillery
One of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland.

Fyvie CastleFyvie, TurriffCastle
Ghosts, legends and folklore are all woven into the tapestry of Fyvie Castle’s 800-year history. Tradition claims that the castle’s five successive families – Preston, Meldrum, Seton, Gordon and Forbes-Leith – each added a tower to this magnificent Scottish Baronial fortress. You can see their influences today among the medieval stones and the lavish Edwardian interiors, and imagine what castle life must have been like for the families and their royal guests – among them Robert the Bruce, Edward I and Charles I.

Glen Garioch DistilleryOldmeldrumDistillery
For over 200 years Glen Garioch Distillery has been handcrafting a beautiful renge of single malt scotch whiskies which have won highly acclaimed awards at International competitions across the world. So, why not come along and enjoy a distillery tour and a warming dram.

Glen Grant Distillery And GardenRothes Distillery
A visit to Glen Grant Distillery and Victorian garden is such a special experience. Tour the distillery with traditional wooden vats and large copper stills; then, in Major Grant's Study the adventures of the distillerie's most famous gaurdian come to life in the most surprising way. A woodland path takes you through the garden to the heather thatched dram pavilion and tumbling waterfall beyond.

Glen Moray DistilleryElginDistillery
A warm welcome awaits you at this friendly and informal working distillery in Elgin, the capital of Speyside. Join us for an authoritative tour followed by a dram of Glen Moray.

Glenbuchat CastleNr KildrummyCastle
Glenbuchat Castle is located on a bluff above the River Don. It was built in 1590 for John Gordon of Cairnbarrow and his wife Helen on the occasion of their wedding. This is recorded in the stone above the entrance together with the motto "nothing on earth remains bot faime", or "nothing lasts without good repute". Glenbuchat is an excellent example of a "Z" plan castle. This means it has one main rectangular block, with two smaller rectangular blocks placed at opposing corners of the main block. Glenbuchat Castle is roofless above the first floor, but it is otherwise well preserved and you can gain a good idea of the layout and the accommodation it provided.

Glendronach DistilleryHuntlyDistillery
Distillery tours, duration 1 hour. Parties accommodated at other times if pre booked. Visitor centre with audio/visual displays. Gift shop, walks through Gordon Wood picnic area and highland cattle.

Glenfarclas DistilleryBallindallochDistillery
Glenfarclas is one of the few independent distilleries left in Scotland. It has been owned by the Grant family since 1865.

Glenlivet DistilleryBallindallochDistillery
The Glenlivet weaves an unbroken thread through Scottish history and culture. Revered by connoisseurs, flattered by imitators, The Glenlivet can only be made in one particular spot, in a single glen, in the heart of Scotland's malt whisky-making country. Explore the turbulent history of the whisky smugglers, delve into the intriguing mysteries of distilling - and of course, sample the golden magic that is The Glenlivet.

Haddo HouseTarves, EllonHistoric House
A visit to Haddo is sure to keep you occupied all day; there’s so much to see and do. For all its grandeur, visitors to Haddo House often remark how homely it feels. Perhaps this has something to do with it being home to the Gordon family for over 400 years.

Huntly CastleHuntlyCastle
Huntly Castle lies in the green heart of the Aberdeenshire countryside. It is a noble ruin in a beautiful setting, remarkable both for the quality of its architecture and for its eventful history. The earls of Fife built the original stronghold, the Peel of Strathbogie, around 1190, to guard the crossing-point where the rivers Bogie and Deveron meet. But it was the mighty Gordons who made the stronghold their own from the 14th century and renamed it Huntly Castle. The surviving remains tell the story of the development of the castle in Scotland, from the motte and bailey of the 12th century, through the tower house of the later Middle Ages, to the stately stone palace of the Jacobean era.

Kinkell ChurchInverurieChurch
The ruins of a 16th-century parish church, with fine sacrament house dated 1524, and the grave slab of Gilbert de Greenlaw, killed in battle in 1411.

Kinnaird Head LighthouseFraserburghLighthouse
Built for the Fraser family, this fine 16th century castle was altered in 1787 to take the first lighthouse built by the Commissioners of the Northern Lighthouses. It is still in working order but has now been replaced by a small unmanned light nearby. The lighthouse remains much as it was left by the last lighthouse crew and is managed by the Kinnaird Head Trust.

Leith Hall & GardenHuntlyHouse & Garden
A typical Scottish laird’s residence brimming with family treasures, Leith Hall is set in 286 acres of scenic estate containing 6 acres of wonderful garden that overlooks some of Aberdeenshire’s finest rolling countryside.

Macallan DistilleryAberlourDistillery
An hour and a half at this famous distillery, allows you to join a 45 minute tour, stroll around the grounds, watch a video and enjoy a dram in the new Visitor Centre. Bookings are encouraged. Admission is free. Open all year.

Maiden StoneChapel of GariochStone
The Maiden Stone is a Pictish cross slab that stands about 3 meters tall and probably dates to the 9th century AD. Its front is carved with a cross that has a human figure gripped by fish monsters at its top and its back has a range of Pictish symbols, a Pictish beast and a centaur.

Mar Lodge EstateBraemar, BallaterMountains
A traditional Highland estate that encompasses 4 of the 5 highest peaks in the Cairngorms (and in the UK) and provides accommodation, as well as opportunities for walking, climbing and highland sports ranging from stalking to fishing.

Memsie CairnMemsiePrehistoric Site
A large stone-built cairn, possibly of Bronze Age date, but enlarged during field clearance during the last two centuries.

Murcar Links Golf ClubBridge of DonGolf
Classic Championship Scottish Golf Links used by the PGA European Tours. Visitor friendly.

Peel Ring Of LumphananLumphananPrehistoric Site
This great earthwork of 13th-century date was the site of a fortified residence, perhaps a hunting lodge of the Durward family.

Picardy Symbol StoneNr InschStone
One of the oldest, simplest, Pictish symbol stones, possibly of 7th-century date.

Pitmedden GardenEllonGardens
It’s hard to imagine a garden today being planted on such an extravagant scale. The heart of the property is the formal walled garden originally laid out in 1675 by Sir Alexander Seton. In the 1950s, the Trust set about re-creating the gardens following designs dating from the 17th century. Today, Pitmedden features over 5 miles of box hedging arranged in intricate patterns to form six parterres. These parterres are filled with some 40,000 plants bursting with colour in the summer months.

Royal Lochnagar Distillery Visitor CentreCrathieDistillery
Royal Lochnagar distillery is situated on the south side of the River Dee close to Balmoral Castle. Age old traditions and craftmanship produce one of Scotland's most exclusive whiskies. A visit to Royal Lochnagar is a timeless experience. You can see the distillers tending to the traditional mashtun and gleaming copper stills. At the tour end your complimentary dram will confirm that Royal Lochnagar is a malt whisky worthy of the "Royal" prefix to its name.

Spynie PalaceElginHistoric House
The residence of the bishops of Moray from the 14th century to 1686. Dominated by the massive tower built by Bishop David Stewart (1461-77), with spectacular views over Spynie Loch. The grassed area around the Palace can be soft but is accessible to visitors using wheelchairs or with limited mobility. There are a number of external interpretation boards. The Great Hall and David's Tower are not accessible but the beauty of the surroundings and the substantial wildlife and birdsong make the Palace a wonderful place to visit.

St Machar's Cathedral TranseptsAberdeenChurch
The nave and towers of the Cathedral remain in use as a church, and the ruined transepts are in care. In the south transept is the fine tomb of Bishop Dunbar (1514-32).

St Mary's Kirk, AuchindoirNr RhynieChurch
One of the finest medieval parish churches in Scotland, roofless, but otherwise entire. There is a rich early Romanesque doorway and a beautiful early 14th-century sacrament house, comparable with those at Deskford and Kinkell.

St Peter's Kirk And Parish CrossDuffusChurch
The roofless remains of the kirk include the base of a 14th-century western tower, a 16th-century vaulted porch and some interesting tombstones. The cross is of 14th-century date.

Strathisla DistilleryKeithDistillery
With its distinctive pagodas, cobbled courtyard and picturesque buildings, Strathisla Distillery is arguably the most beautiful distillery in Scotland. Founded in 1786, it is also the oldest operating distillery in the Scottish Highlands.

Suenos' StoneForresMonument
The most remarkable sculptured monument in Britain, probably a cenotaph, standing over 20 feet high and dating to the end of the first millennium AD. Covered by a protective glass enclosure.

Tarves Medieval TombTarves, EllonTomb
A fine altar tomb of William Forbes, the laird who enlarged Tolquhon Castle. The carving is a remarkable survival.

Tolquhon CastleTolquhon, TarvesCastle
Aberdeenshire is graced by many historic castles, but Tolquhon is one of the most picturesque. It served as a noble residence for some 300 years. The oldest part is the stump of an early 15th-century tower house, probably built by one of the Prestons of Formartine, who once held the barony. However, the castle visitors can see today was built by Sir William Forbes, 7th Lord of Tolquhon. In 1584, he instigated a comprehensive rebuilding programme which, when completed six years later, gave to William and his spouse, Elizabeth, a house that was amongst the finest of its day.

Tomnaverie Stone CircleNr AboyneStone Circle
A recumbent stone circle about 4000 years old.


 
Aberdeen AirportAberdeen
Aberdeen Art GalleryAberdeen
Aberdeen Maritime MuseumAberdeen
Aberdeen Tourist Information CentreAberdeen
Aberdeenshire Farming MuseumMintlaw-by-Peterhead
Aberdeenshire HeritageMintlaw-by-Peterhead
Aden Country ParkPeterhead
Alford Heritage CentreAlford
Alford Tourist Information CentreAlford
Alford Valley RailwayAlford
Arbuthnot MuseumPeterhead
Archaeolink Pre-history ParkInsch
Ballater Tourist Information CentreBallater
Ballindalloch CastleBallindalloch
Balmoral EstatesBalmoral
Banchory MuseumBanchory
Banchory Tourist Information CentreBanchory
Banff MuseumBanff
Banff Tourist Information CentreBanff
Bennachie CentreInverurie
Biblical GardenElgin
Blairs Museum & St Mary's Chapel, TheAberdeen
Braemar CastleBraemar, Ballater
Braemar Highland Heritage CentreBraemar, Ballater
Braemar Tourist Information CentreBraemar, Ballater
Brander MuseumHuntly
Buckie DrifterBuckie
Candacraig Gardens, Gallery & NurseryStrathdon
Carnegie Inverurie MuseumInverurie
Cashmere Visitor CentreElgin
Clashindarroch ForestRhynie
Colleonard Sculpture Garden & GalleryBanff
Cragganmore DistilleryBallindalloch
Craigston CastleTurriff
Cruickshank Botanic GardenAberdeen
Cullerie Farm ParkWesthill
Dee Valley ConfectionersBallater
Delgatie CastleTurriff
Deveron ArtsHuntly
Doonies FarmNigg
Drum Castle and GardenBanchory
Duff HouseBanff
Dufftown MuseumDufftown
Dufftown RailwayDufftown
Dufftown Tourist Information CentreDufftown
Dunnottar CastleDunecht
Duthie Park Winter Gardens & RestaurantAberdeen
Elgin Golf ClubElgin
Elgin MuseumElgin
Elgin Tourist Information CentreElgin
Falconer MuseumForres
FasqueFettercairn
Feshiebridge Car ParkKincraig
Findhorn BayFindhorn
Fochabers Folk MuseumFochabers
Fodyce Joiner's Workshop Visitor CentrerFordyce
Forres Tourist Information CentreForres
Fraserburgh Tourist Information CentreFraserburgh
Gallery HeinzelAberdeen
Garlogie Mill Power House MuseumSkene
Glen Grant DistilleryAberlour
Glen of Rothes Trout FisheryRothes
Glenfiddich DistilleryDufftown
Glenlivet EstateTomintoul
Glenshiel Tourist Information CentreGlenshiel
Gordon Highlanders MuseumAberdeen
Grampian Transport MuseumAlford
Grassic Gibbon CentreLaurencekirk
Huntly MuseumHuntly
Huntly Nordic Ski CentreHuntly
Huntly Peregrine Wild Watch CentreHuntly
Huntly Tourist Information CentreHuntly
ILPH Belwade FarmAboyne
Insch Connection, TheInsch
Inverurie Golf ClubInverurie
Inverurie MuseumInverurie
Inverurie Tourist Information CentreInverurie
James Dun's HouseAberdeen
Keith Tourist Information CentreKeith
Kildrummy CastleKildrummy, Alford
Leggat Quarry Car Park and Elginia TrailElgin
Lock Park Adventure CentreKeith
Lossiemouth Fisheries & Community MuseumLossiemouth
Lossiemouth Tourist Information CentreLossiemouth
Macduff Marine AquariumMacduff
Maggie's HoosieInverallochy
Maud Railway MuseumMaud
Monymusk Walled GardenInveruie
Moray Firth Wildlife CentreBuckie
Moray Leisure CentreElgin
Moray Motor MuseumElgin
Museum of Scottish LighthousesFraserburgh
Nelson TowerForres
Noah's Ark Craigievar
Northeast Falconry Visitor Centre, TheHuntly
Northfield Farm MuseumFraserburgh
Pannanich Car Park and ForestBallater
Persley Walled GardenPersley
Peter Anson GalleryBuckie
Peterhead Maritme HeritagePeterhead
Peterhead Tourist Information CentrePeterhead
Pitmedden Museum of FarmingEllon
Pluscarden AbbeyElgin
Provost Skene's HouseAberdeen
Roseisle Car Park and Picnic AreaKinloss
Royal Tarlair Golf ClubMacduff
Sandhaven Meal MillSandhaven
SatrosphereAberdeen
Speyside Cooperage Visitor CentreCraigellachie
Stonehaven Tourist Information CentreStonehaven
Storybook GlenMaryculter
Tarves Heritage CentreTarves, Ellon
Tolbooth MuseumStonehaven
Tolquhon GalleryTolquhon, Tarves
Tomintoul MuseumTomintoul
Tomintoul Tourist Information CentreTomintoul
Tomintoul Visitor CentreTomintoul
Tugnet Ice HouseTugnet
Tyrebagger Sculpture ProjectAberdeen
Ugie Salmon Fish HousePeterhead
Village StoreAberlour

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