Aberdeenshire / Grampian Highlands

Ideal for touring the Castle and Whisky Trails


Hotel Accommodation - Castles & Country House Hotels

Hotel in Aberdeenshire

Loch Kinord Hotel
near Ballater
Royal Deeside
Aberdeenshire AB34 5JY


Personally run country hotel built in the late 1800s.
Scottish Tourist Board 3 Stars.
Set in lovely countryside between Ballater and Aboyne
in the heart of Royal Deeside. 35 miles from Aberdeen.
Member of Scotland's Personal Hotels.
Ideal for golf, fishing, hill walking, shooting, stalking,
ski-ing, off-road driving.

Popular restaurant, lounge, whisky bar & log fires.
AA Red Rosette award for excellent cuisine.
Facilities for weddings and conferences.

19 ensuite bedrooms: single, double, twin, family rooms.
All with telephone, satellite TV, trouser press,
hairdryer, iron/ironing board, tartan fabrics.
Free WiFi Internet access.
Ground floor rooms available.
Honeymoon suite with 4-poster, lounge and whirlpool bath.

B&B prices from £42.50 per person.

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Ardoe House
South Deeside Road
Aberdeen AB12 5YP


Luxury country retreat in a 19th century mansion house
(inspired by Balmoral Castle).
Set in 30 acres of parkland with magnificent views across the River Dee.
Located 3 miles outside Aberdeen.

Leisure Club & Spa with pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool bath, gym,
beauty salons and tennis courts.
Restaurant with AA red rosette. AA 4 stars.
Lounge bar with bar meals.
Whisky bar and drawing room with open fires.
Carved staircases, fireplaces & wood panelling.

109 individually styled, spacious bedrooms
with antique furnishings, TV, WiFi,
telephone, hairdryer. 24-hour room service.

B&B prices from £55 per person.
Online booking


Hotel in Aberdeenshire

Hilton Grand Vacations at Craigendarroch Suites
Braemar Road
Aberdeenshire AB35 5XA

Hilton Grand Vacations at Craigendarroch Suites

Country house & family resort set on the edge of Ballater
near the River Dee. 8 miles from Balmoral Castle.
A year-round mountain getaway.

Oak panelled hallway and library.
Elegant restaurant. Lounge bar with log fire.

Leisure facilities include 2 swimming pools, spa bath, sauna,
steam room, fitness suite, games room, snooker, squash, tennis courts.
Health and beauty spa.
Children's adventure playground, activity club during school holidays.

45 bedrooms & suites with TV, telephone, hairdryer, iron,
clock radio, tea/cofee. On-demand movies. Free WiFi.
Deluxe bedrooms have a balcony with mountain views.

Rooms from £66.50 per person.
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Hotel in Aberdeenshire

Hilton Aberdeen Treetops
161 Springfield Road
Aberdeen AB15 7AQ


Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Hotel.
10 minutes drive from the centre of Aberdeen.
Suitable for business guests, families and holidaymakers.

Leisure Club with swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym.
2 outdoor tennis courts and beauty salon.
Bar and restaurant.
Full conference facilities and numerous function suites.

120 bedrooms (single, double, twin, family, triple)
including 8 luxury business bedrooms.
Room facilities include TV, on-demand movies,
large bathroom, telephone,
hairdryer, iron, clock radio, tea/cofee.
Wireless broadband internet access.
24 hour room service.

B&B from £35 per person.
Room only rates also available.
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Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

Scotland's Best B&Bs


Scotland's Best B&Bs is an organisation
with members throughout Scotland.
All graded 4 or 5 Stars by the Scottish Tourist Board (Visit Scotland).

To see members of Scotland's Best B&Bs
please click here to visit their web site


Self Catering Accommodation


Mrs Cattanach
1 Conval Drive
Moray AB38 9PG
Tel: +44 (0)1651 851485
Email: w.cattanach1485@btinternet.com


Recently built house equipped to a high standard. Sleeps 8.
Countryside location overlooking the River Spey.
Situated near The Speyside Way.
Ideal for fishing, golf, walking, distilleries, castles, etc.
4 miles from Aberlour. Close to Ballindalloch Castle.
Elgin 19 miles. Aviemore 36 miles.
Inverness 55 miles. Aberdeen 60 miles.
Handy for winter skiing at Cairngorm or the Lecht.

4 large bedrooms: 2 twin and 2 double (2 ensuite)
Kitchen, dining room, lounge, bathroom, garage,
picnic table. No pets. Linen provided.
Prices from £800 per week.

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castle photo

Delgatie Castle
Aberdeenshire AB53 5TD


Self catering suite in the north wing of historic Delgatie Castle
(home of the Clan Hay).
3 miles from Turriff. 37 miles north-west of Aberdeen.
Fishing can be arranged on the estate loch.

Symbister Suite with 3 bedrooms:
1 double with four-poster bed, 1 twin, 1 single.
Lounge and a unique kitchen/diner with barrel-vaulted ceiling.
TV, VCR, washing machine, tumble dryer, cooker, microwave, etc.
Private garden area.

Prices from £255 per week
includes bed linen, towels, electricity.
Short breaks available (minimum 2 nights).
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Booking Hotline: 0845 268 1383
Cottages in Aberdeenshire

Wide choice of self catering properties ranging from 1 to 8 bedrooms.

Locations throughout Aberdeenshire & Royal Deeside
including Aberlour, Aboyne, Ballater, Banff, Braemar
Crovie, Glenlivet, Huntly, Keith

Web site with virtual tours and instant online booking.
Short breaks and late deals often available.
Search and book online


Car Hire

Sixt has cars and vans to hire from locations in Scotland including Aberdeen Airport and Dyce.



Highland Journeys
Nicola Fraser is a professional Tour Guide and freelance Travel Consultant with a special interest in natural history and Highland culture. With a 4x4 vehicle, she offers private tours of Aberdeenshire and Royal Deeside including day trips to visit castles and distilleries. Available for private shore excursions from cruises docking at Aberdeen. Bespoke tours can be arranged. Travel planning services also available. 20 years experience.

Accommodation reservations for castles, inns & country houses.
Itinerary planning and advice for self-drive tours (with car hire if required).
Private tour guides and clan lands research.

In addition to the Castle & Whisky Trails, Aberdeenshire is one of the richest areas for standing stones and ancient monuments - so much so that there is now a 'Stone Circle Trail'. Check out the official guide by Aberdeenshire council.


Dunnottar Castle


Beautiful castles to visit in this area include Dunnottar (pictured above), Crathes, Craigievar, Drum, Fraser and more....
visit the Scottish Castles web site for more ideas.



Braemar and Ballater walks (Walk Highlands website)
Ballater Walking Festival (May)



Aberdeen and Royal Deeside Walks
Pathfinder walking guide with walks for all abilities. Each walk features an easy-to-follow route description, fascinating background & historical detail, and recommendations for points of interest & highlights. Colour maps by the official Ordnance Survey.
Available from Amazon UK

Colour Street Map of Aberdeen
Buy online from Amazon.co.uk