Staying… in Aberdeenshire

The current council area of Aberdeenshire excludes the city of Aberdeen, though if you were heading for a ferry that is where you would need to go.  Ferries from Aberdeen depart to Orkney and Shetland, but what about staying in Aberdeenshire?

Aberdeen is the focal point for the main roads.  Traffic from the south follows the coast as inland the hills are high – the Grampian Mountains.  But the rivers Don and Dee flow into the sea at Aberdeen and the Dee Valley does provide a routeway into the hills, with the A93 heading west, before turning south at the village of Braemar, at the base of the Cairngorm Mountains.  Here you will find Scotland’s 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th highest peaks in the Cairngorm Mountain National Park.

By the way, we have met Braemar on the blog before.  It is one of the joint record holders for the lowest British Isles temperature.

Being so close to mountains that have a covering of snow for much of the year, it’s not surprising that Braemar only averages 6.8°C over the entire year.  And sub-zero temperatures have been recorded in every month of the year, even the middle of summer.

I’m not painting a very good picture for staying in Aberdeenshire am I, but in those cold high lands there’s beautiful scenery and opportunities for skiing

If that’s not your thing though, head to the coast where you will find sandy beaches and plenty of castles, including Dunnottar, near Stonehaven, which became internationally famous when it featured as a background on Microsoft’s Windows 7.

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