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Castle Country - North East Scotland

Castle Country - North East Scotland

  With an impressive count of more that 300 castles, stately mansions and ruins scattered across the landscape, there are more castles per acre here, than anywhere else in the UK. Unsurprisingly the area is known as 'Scotland's Castle Country.                  It even has its own castle trail, simply follow the distinctive brown and white Castle Trail road signs through the heart of the region. Are you a history buff, architecture-lover or just love a fascinating story, it really doesn’t matter. as you will have a great time exploring. From crumbling medieval keeps,...

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Doric Fae North East Scotland

Doric Fae North East Scotland

Doric is the dialect of the Scots language spoken in the North East of Scotland and you may hear it when visiting the area. There is a matter of debate, if it a language or a dialect, but with an estimated 30,000 Doric speakers many words have now entered everyday use. Doric shares linguistic roots with the Scandinavian languages. A Doric-speaker has bairns, goes to kirk, speirs questions and wipes stue (dust). The Norwegian equivalents are barn, kirke, spørre and støv. There are hundreds more. Although you don’t need to know how to speak Doric to enjoy your travelsaround the area, here are some of our favourite...

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Coast and Waters in North East Scotland

Coast and Waters in North East Scotland

Scotland boasts a hugely varied coastline and a rich offering of inland waters in both rural and urban settings for both visitors and locals to enjoy.The North East of Scotland is host to an amazing array of coastlines and rivers which are greatly valued and cherished by communities and visitors alike. These assets play an important part in the visitor experience, offering boat trips, activities, fishing opportunities and active holidays, while the many nature reserves across the area are home to a tremendous variety of flora, fauna and wildlife.Water has shaped the area’s history: from fishing and farming to whisky...

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Golf in North East Scotland

Golf in North East Scotland

Scotland is the home of golf and the North East of Scotland is no exception, boasting some of the world’s oldest and most challenging golf courses. With some of finest and most scenic golf courses there is one to suit golfers of all levels. Championship and links courses are set on dramatic coastline and parkland courses are surrounded by panoramic majestic countryside; impressive views await all who want to tee off. This is stirring stuff and historic too as the area has two of the top 10 oldest courses in the world.  Or fancy playing on the highest course in the...

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Marvellous Mountains in North East Scotland

Marvellous Mountains in North East Scotland

As well as being the UK’s largest National Park, the Cairngorms is also home to four of the five highest mountains in the UK, these being: Ben Macdui 4,295 feet (1,309m) Braeriach 4,252 feet (1,296m) Cairn Toul 4,236 feet (1,291m) Sgor an Lochain 4,127 (1,258m)     The Cairngorm plateau is the highest and has the most extensive range of arctic mountain landscape in the British Isles. With more high-level mountain ground than anywhere else in Britain and Ireland, the National Park offers a vital habitat for rare mountain plants and other wildlife. It also has 55 Munro’s (mountains above...

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