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Highlights in Aberdeenshire
- History and heritage
- A foodie destination
- Castles and routes
- Incredible golf courses
- The castle route
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Beyond the city of Aberdeen, you can find some of Scotland’s incredible towns and villages to stay in cosy holiday rentals. Whether it is a location famous for being the background of a film or because of its historic past, you will feel at home. Quaint accommodations in Alford and Banchory to enjoy the Scottish countryside or set your base in the green valleys and woodlands of Braemar, right in the heart of Royal Deeside and a gateway to the Cairngorms National Park. Gardenstown, Banff, Cullen, Johnshaven or Gourdon will be a perfect place for those looking for seaside resorts and fishing villages. Consider a holiday rental in Peterhead, Oldmeldrum, Portsoy, Stonehaven or Turriff. Enjoy your time in Scotland!Fabulous holiday rentals with stunning views
Enjoy the peace and quietness of private holiday rentals with gardens, parking spaces, and incredible surroundings. The green of the valleys and rolling hills of Scotland or the crystal clear water lapping the shore are the most rewarding views from your new home away from home. Accommodate families and groups in pretty wooden properties or traditional stone buildings. The interiors offer a comfortable lounging area to share the adventures you had during the day, a cosy corner with a fireplace for cold nights and incredible equipped kitchens to share your meals with your loved ones. Remember you are in the best place for food! And finally, if you bring your four-legged furry friends, you will have several properties to choose from as well, so you can all enjoy the holidays together.
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The area and getting around
Aberdeenshire is a huge extension to cover in just a few days. Discover an amazing route to see its impressive 263 castles including the Royal Family home in Balmoral and enjoy the 165 miles of coastline boasting cute fishing villages and ports as well as beaches and towering cliffs. Explore the Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail by car or enjoy nature in the incredible Cairngorms National Park and Royal Deeside. Enjoy the famous and quality food from the area and explore the city of Aberdeen, one of the sunniest towns in Scotland with nearly 1500 hours of sun a year!Plan your Aberdeenshire routes
Due to the extension of Aberdeenshire, the best way to know the area and explore the villages is by car. Enjoy driving the scenic routes along the beautiful coastline or immerse into the green, leafy valleys where you can admire the beauty of the Scottish countryside. There are several agencies that can plan your visits to castles, villages and interesting landmarks. You can choose how you want to explore Aberdeenshire and its magnificent gems!
Travellers and activities
From SUP along the coastline, to scaling the heights of Ben Macdui or enjoying a cycling day out in the valley. You are definitely spoiled for choice here. With incredible views and pure air, the Scottish countryside offers challenging hiking routes including Munros, and exciting ski descents in The Lecht 2090 or in Glenshee, extending over three valleys and four mountains. But the impressive coastline is where you can discover nature in its prime, pretty fishing villages and a broad offer of water sports such as kayaking, surfing or kiteboarding. Enjoy days out exploring the great outdoors.Aberdeenshire for food lovers
Along with its much-prized Aberdeen Angus beef, Aberdeenshire is home to the best food in Scotland. You can sample excellent locally grown vegetables, and berries, currants, plums, pears and apples. The wild venison, game and rabbit from the estate have a reputation of its own and free-range chickens from Huntly Farmers’ Market will satisfy your palate for sure. Vast amounts of fresh seafood land in Aberdeenshire, especially salmon and trout. Check the fish stalls at the local farmer’s market including those by Granite City Fish, Ugie Salmon from Peterhead, Gourmet’s Choice from Portsoy, and the Smokehouse at Methlick. Taste some shortbread made in Huntly and sample some craft beers from Brewdog in Ellon. Are you hungry yet?
„Did you know Aberdeenshire grows enough oats a year to offer 700 million servings of porridge?“
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A city break by the sea. Sounds good, right? Visit Aberdeen, the third largest city in Scotland with beautiful open spaces, a golden beach stretching for a mile and an impressive architecture. The entire city looks and feels different, not just because of Union Street and its magnificent granite buildings but also because of its proximity to the sea and big ships docking right by the streets of the city centre, dolphins appear at the harbour, and locals ride the waves. It has two Old Towns: Old Aberdeen where the cathedral is, and Footdee, known as Fittie, an extravagant fishing quarter with small cottages, lovely gardens, brightly painted houses, and a decoration showcasing the city’s seafaring soul.2. Explore the Banffshire Coast
The Banffshire coast stretches from Cullen to Peterhead along the Moray Firth. Along the way, you will see picturesque fishing villages including Gardenstown and Crovie, big waves right by towering cliffs, vast swathes of sand, and incredible light show during the sunset and the option to discover Scotland’s natural beauty. Make sure you put this route on your list when visiting Aberdeenshire.3. Play some golf surrounded by nature
Scotland is not just popular for being the birthplace of golf but for its golf courses Nothing beats a good golf game with outstanding views. The dunes stretching along the coastline are a great scenery for the most challenging links courses and two of the oldest courses in the world- Royal Aberdeen Golf Course and Musselburgh Old Links! Not far from the city centre you have Kings and Murcar Links with incredible sea views. Tee off from Cruden Bay Golf Course or Trump International Golf Links. During summer days, you can start playing early morning until late evening due to the long hours of daylight! In Aberdeenshire, you are never far away from a rolling green fairway!4. History and heritage
History and heritage is all over Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. From ancient sites to granite walls, mysterious standing stones and incredible castles that enrich Scotland’s heritage. Aberdeen itself has two Old Towns and an impressive cathedral. The Royal Heritage lies in Balmoral, the Queen’s summer residence. You can also explore the Victorian Heritage Trail and visit Drum Castle, enjoy the splendour of Royal Deeside and Glen Tanar, the pine trees at Cambus o’May and the burgh of Ballater. Take in the views of Loch Muick, near Balmoral castle and finally, visit the town of Braemar, the castle, and the incredible Cairngorms National Park. Regal castles, fabulous estates, old railway lines, eateries and unique landmarks tell the story of Royal Deeside’s regal past, its present and its future.5. A fairytale route
Some of the best castles in Scotland have inspired stories, books and films for centuries. Bram Stoker might have conceived Dracula during his stay near Slains Castle. And what about Craigievar Castle and its pink walls? On the top of a cliff, Dunnottar Castle was used by Franco Zeffirelli and James McAvoy later on. The Royal Balmoral castle is of course one of the must-see if you want to visit incredible castles and Braemar castle keeps more than 400 years of history within its walls. Take some time to enjoy these majestic buildings and enjoy your own route. You can also take the Castle Trail for six days and visit 19 incredible sites with the most important castle, medieval ruins, romantic fortresses and regal mansions including Crathes Castle, Castle Fraser, Tolquhon Castle, Duff House, Leith Hall, Fyvie Castle, and Craigievar Castle amongst others.
FAQs: Holiday Rentals & Lettings in Aberdeenshire
How much do you pay on average for holiday lettings in Aberdeenshire?
Aberdeenshire is one of the cheapest destinations in the United Kingdom! The price of a holiday rental is around £109.37 per night.
When can you get the best deals on holiday rentals in Aberdeenshire?
Those who want to be budget-friendly should visit Aberdeenshire in September, January, and March the cheapest months of the year, with average prices of £96.24, £102.46, and £102.63 per night, respectively, based on data collected in 2020.
In which months is it more expensive to rent a holiday letting in Aberdeenshire?
In 2020, the month that had the highest annual average in Aberdeenshire was October, with an average price of £118.46 per night. This was followed by July, with an average of £118.33, and June, with £115.17.
Is Aberdeenshire a good location for a spontaneous getaway?
It is recommended that you book your stay in plenty of time when visiting Aberdeenshire, as only 46% of our accommodations are usually available throughout the year.
Which months is it more difficult to find available rentals?
The month with the highest average booked rental figures is August (only 21.2% of properties were available on average in 2019). Followed by September (22.75%), and July (32%).
Are there many holiday rentals in Aberdeenshire?
We have 710 properties for you in Aberdeenshire, provided by our 17 local and international partners.