Aberdeenshire and The North East: A Land of Castles and Legends

SUMMARY: Aberdeenshire is a land of ancient castles and sheltered havens. Discover the inspirational beauty and wonder of the remote part of North East Scotland. Our tour will include castles, fishing ports and stunning cliff-top views.

HIGHLIGHTS & KEY LOCATIONS: Slains Castle, Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Pennan, Banff, Macduff, Inverallochy Castle


ITINERARY: We will set off from Aberdeen, ‘The Granite City’ and drive north across the River Don to start the day with a walk from the picturesque village of Port Erroll out to Slains Castle. The 20-minute walk will take us to the ruined castle that was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic horror story, Dracula. The castle, while ruined, maintains an imposing and forbidding aura; a must-see for those with colourful imaginations! We then depart Cruden Bay taking the coastal route to Peterhead, passing the Bullers of Buchan en route, a popular spot for smuggling over the years. We will drive around Peterhead harbor, the largest fishing port in Europe, before enjoying a coffee break at a local tearoom.

On leaving Peterhead we head out past St Fergus, where we see the huge gas terminal bringing gas from the North Sea and onto Rattray Head. An impressive lighthouse stands just off shore at the very tip of the Buchan headland, and where it is reputed that the first U-boat was sighted at the start of World War I. We return to the main road and pass Inverallochy and Cairnbulg Castles before entering Fraserburgh. This ancient burgh has the largest fish-dependant economy in the country. We leave the main roads behind and follow the coastline up to Pitsligo Castle, the seat of the Forbes family who were strong supporters of the Jacobite cause. Our lunch stop will be at the picturesque village of Pennan, used as the village setting in the film ‘Local Hero’.

Following lunch we head onto Macduff and Banff. These towns stand either side of the River Deveron. We will stop to visit Duff House. At this point there will be the option of either a conducted tour of the stately home or a charming woodland walk to the ancient Brig of Alvah, which takes around an hour. We depart from Banff towards Portsoy village with its preserved harbour, which holds an annual boat festival each June. We will then visit our final castle of the day, on the cliff top at Findlater, before making our return journey to Aberdeen.

OVERNIGHT STOPS & ACCOMMODATION: Why not extend you tour with an overnight stay in 4* hotel and enjoy North East hospitality or even enjoy the excellent local seafood at a boutique restaurant with rooms?

PHOTOS: There will be many photo opportunities including the seascape from cliffs, castles and picture postcard fishing villages

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