Here are some useful links on things to do in and around Aberdeen, and some others which are further afield.

Craigievar – This fairytale castle, a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture…
Crathes – Turrets and towers, winding staircases, ornate ceilings and ancient sculpted…
Dunnottar – A dramatic and evocative ruined cliff top fortress in a truly stunning setting…
Drum – Drum is one of Royal Deeside’s top historic attractions, 10 miles from Aberdeen…
Edinburgh – Edinburgh Castle dominates Scotland’s capital city from its great rock…
Eilean Donan – Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet…
Fyvie – The charm of 13th-century Fyvie and its stunning Edwardian interiors…
Glamis – Glamis has been the family home of the Earls of Strathmore since 1372…
Kildrummy – The great castle of Kildrummy was the stronghold of the Earls of Mar…
Slains – Slains Castle is found on the rocky Aberdeen coastline near Cruden Bay…
Stirling – Stirling Castle was the centre of art, culture and celebrity in the 16th Century…

Walking and hiking
Balmoral Grounds – Not advised when the royal family are in residence ( Easter, Christmas, Aug. & Sept.)
Bennachie – Explore this much-loved hill and the forests that surround it
Cambus O’May – The highlight is the beautiful suspension footbridge at Cambus o’May
Clachnaben – Has a magnificent granite tor on its summit, a superb viewpoint
Crathes Castle – Woodland walks and countryside views
Forvie Sands – National Nature Reserve, bird-rich Ythan Estuary
Linn O’Dee – Heather moorland on the southern fringe of the Cairngorms, one of the finest viewpoints
Loch Kinord – National Nature Reserve, excellent for both bird-watchers and wildlife spotters
Loch Muick – Balmoral Estate passing Glas-allt Shiel, built by Queen Victoria, detour to waterfalls
Rocks of Solitude – Follow North Esk upstream through an impressive gorge and woodland paths
Scolty Hill – A short, steep climb to the summit of Scolty Hil, climb the tower for countryside views
Seven Bridges – Circular walk that explores countryside around the town of Ballater
Slains Castle, Bullers of Buchan – Dracular inspiration Castle and naturally formed cliff arches
Stonehaven Harbour to Dunnottar Castle – A ruined coastal fortresses, perched on a gigantic rocky outcrop

Highland Games
Aboyne – Popular highland gathering which has been running for over 140 years
Ballater – Popular event held annually on the second Thursday in August
Braemar Gathering – Very popular highland games frequented each year by members of the Royal Family
Drumtochty Castle Grounds – Traditional highland games, known as the friendly games
Hazlehead – Highland games held within Hazlehead Park Aberdeen – ideal local event for the family
Glamis Castle Grounds – Known as the Strathmore highland games. These are held on the second Sunday in June.

Pubs & Clubs
Bieldside Inn – Friendly pub located in central location in Bieldside area
Brew Dog – Speciality pub with a wide range of own brew beers
Prince of Wales – Traditional pub with good city centre location. Convenient for lunch when shopping in town
Soul – Lively bar in the centre of town, popular meeting place for groups of friends
The Globe – City centre pub popular with theatre patrons. Live music on a Friday and Saturday evening
The Grill – Traditional Scottish bar located on union street
The Marine Hotel – Popular bar within hotel located on Great Western Road
Tippling House – Bar specializing in cocktails. Cosy atmosphere with evening food menu
Under the Hammer – Traditional welcoming pub that has been established in city centre for over 30 years

Restaurants in Town
Bieldside Inn – Lovely restaurant specializing in a wide range of traditional Scottish and pub classics with a few more exotic creations as well
Braided Fig – Popular restaurant with seasonal fare specializing in locally sourced ingredients
Café Cognito – Cosy café located in west end of Aberdeen. Opens in evening for wine and tapas boards
Cults Hotel – Traditional restaurant with worm country décor
Food Story – Modern rustic café specialising in modern home cooked food and a selection of lovely home baked cakes and scones
Goulash – Hungarian restaurant located in the centre of town
Moonfish Cafe – Chic cosy city centre bistro specializing in fish dishes
Musa – A restaurant, art gallery and live music venue in the merchant quarter of Aberdeen
Nando’s – Restaurant specializing in chicken and other flame grilled dishes. Located in union square and also Belmont Street, Aberdeen
Prego – Restaurant specializing in Italian dishes – located in union square
Rocksalt & Snails – Popular café specialising in soups and sandwiches and coffees
Royal Thai – Authentic Thai restaurant in Crown Street Aberdeen
Rustico – Family run restaurant with excellent traditional Mediterranean food
Sand Dollar – Popular seaside café/restaurant on Aberdeen beach promenade sepdcialisng on home cooked meals and coffees
Silver Darling – Lovely sea food restaurant specializing in high quality dining – excellent view of harbour mouth and passing boats
Yorokobi – Restaurant specializing in Japanese and Korean food in Huntly Street Aberdeen

Restaurants Out-of-town
Black Face Sheep – Coffee house, restaurant and shop located in Aboyne
Buchanan’s Bistro – Award winning bistro located in Banchory
Cow Shed, Banchory – Lovely restaurant located in Banchory with stunning views
Creel Inn – Seafood restaurant located in Catterline
Garlogie Inn – Family run restaurant located close to Westhill
Hornblowers, Gourdon – Seafood restaurant with harbor view located in Montrose
Lairhillock Inn – Restaurant located within a 200 year old coaching inn
The Milton Brasserie – Lovely restaurant located at Milton of Crathes
Newmachar Hotel – A friendly restaurant located within the Newmacher hotel

Shopping Venues
Alex Scott Kiltmaker on School Hill – Supplier of traditional Scottish outfits and gifts
Annie Mo’s – Furniture shop with unusual individual items and gifts
Charles Michies – Pharmacy and gift shop located on Union Street
John Milne Auction House – Long established auction house
Juniper – Independent, family run gift shop located on Belmont Street, Aberdeen
Milton Art Gallery – Art Gallery with strong focus on Scottish Contemporary artists – located 20 miles west of Aberdeen
Nick Nairns Cook School – Cook school with a range of kitchen equipment for sale. Gift vouchers also available for cookery classes
Pea Pod – Shop specializing in Up-cycled furniture, located in the Rosemount area of Aberdeen
Raemoir Garden Centre – Large garden centre with large range of gifts and lovely restaurants for coffees or lunches
Scottish Antiques & Art Centre – Selling a selection of antiques and collectables. Located in Abernyte, Perthshire
Steptoes Yard – Antique and collectables shop located at Nether Warburton Farm, St Cyrus
Touched by Scotland – Art Gallery located at Ryehill, Oyne

Speciality Food Shops
Castleton Farm Shop – Showcases local produce. Located at Fordoun, Laurencekirk
Devenick Dairy – Wide range of own products produced in own dairy. Located on the south side of Aberdeen
Finzean Estate Farm Shop – Farm shop with tea room and holiday cottages
Hammerton Store – Local deli store located on great western road in the west end of Aberdeen
Newton Dee – Restaurant and shop with good selection of wholefood and vegetarian products. The Newton Dee Village is a charitable organisation located to the west of Aberdeen
The Store – Farm shop specializing in a wide range of meat products. Farm shop and coffee shop available
Touched by Scotland – Gallery featuring Scottish artists and restaurant

Whiskey Distillery
Balvenie – Distillery specializing in single malts handcrafted in the traditional way. Tours available.
Blair Athol – Distillery with tours, visitor centre and shop
Dalwhinnie – One of the highest distilleries in scotland.. Tours available
Glen Garioch – Located in the sheltered valley of Glen Garioch. Is the most easterly distillery in the world. Tours available
Glenfiddich – One of the oldest family owned distilleries in Scotland. Tours and visitor centre available
Glenmorangie – Hotel and visitor centre and tours available at this well known distillery
Lochnagar – Distillery located on the south side of the River Dee close to Balmoral. Tours available
Macallan – Located in the Maccallan Estate, Craigellachie. Tours available
Strathisla – The oldest operating distillery in the highlands. Tours available