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Our brochure explores the Aberdeenshire and all that it has to offer. Hire a motorhome from Freedhome and visit Aberdeenshire next year.

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  2. 2. ART GALLERIES Aberdeen Art Gallery Schoolhill, Aberdeen AB10 1FQ T: 01224 523700 A nationally significant collection and a rich programme of special exhibitions. Milton Art and Craft Gallery Leys Estate, Milton of Crathes, Banchory, Aberdeenshire AB31 5QH T: 01330 844664 Original art and high quality crafts all produced locally by highly skilled Peacock Visual Arts 21 Castle Street, Aberdeen AB11 5BQ T: 01224 639539 www.peacockvisualarts Aberdeen’s main centre for contem- porary art has a regularly changing programme of exhibitions/events. Visit the gallery and print shop to see local, national and international works, or use open access printmaking facilities to create your own. There are over 30 places named Aberdeen throughout the world. Country Frames Gallery Yvonne Flett, Leslie, Insch, Aberdeenshire AB52 6PA T: 01464 820389 A warm and welcoming gallery in the heart of the beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside showing an exciting range of art and crafts from local, national and international exhibiting artists. In addition, Country Frames Gallery offers a bespoke picture fram- ing and giclee printing service. The self-seal envelope was developed in Aberdeen
  3. 3. contact info: Craigievar Castle Alford, Aberdeenshire AB33 8JF T: 01339 883635 This fairytale castle seems to have grown naturally out of the surrounding rolling hills. CASTLES Balmoral Castle The Estate Office, Balmoral, Ballater AB35 5TB T: 01339 742534 Scottish home to the Royal Family. Grounds, gardens, exhibitions, shop, café and audio tour. Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate Banchory AB31 5QJ T: 01330 844525 A magnificent late 16th-century castle in the heart of Royal Deeside. Discover the intriguing round towers, turrets and original painted ceilings. Then explore the famous gardens and enjoy a walk Drum Castle, Garden and Estate Banchory AB31 5EY T: 01330 700334 Drum Castle has a rich history. Gifted by Robert the Bruce in 1323, the estate developed over time, each century leaving a mark on the castle and grounds. The Castle and Gardens of Mey Caithness KW14 8XH T: 01847 851473 The Queen Mother’s home in Caith- ness. Castle, gardens, shop and tearoom with an animal centre for children. F
  4. 4. The Castle and Gardens of Mey Caithness KW14 8XH T: 01847 851473 The Queen Mother’s home in Caithness. Castle, gardens, shop and tearoom with an animal centre for children. Kildrummy Castle Alford AB33 8RA T: 01975 571331 Ruins of a 13th century courtyard cas- tle. Former stronghold of Earls of Mar; headquarters for organising the 1715 Jacobite rising. Huntly Castle Huntly AB54 4SH T: 01466 793191 With elaborate heraldry, carved fire- places and refined décor, this palatial residence was a declaration of the power and wealth of the noble Gordon family. The must see castle of course is Balmoral Castle Castle Fraser, Garden and Estate Inverurie AB51 7LD T: 01330 833463 Dating from 1575, Castle Fraser hosts a large collection of fine furniture and family portraits. Outside, enjoy a superb walled garden and woodland walks. There are more castles per acre here than anywhere else in the UK. CASTLES Glenbuchat Castle Kildrummy T: 01667 460232 It stands on high ground between the River Don and the Water of Buchat, commanding a view down Strathdon to the east. A Z-shaped tower house built in 1590. It has survived remarkably intact; its ground floors can be ex- plored with ease. Its last laird was a notable Jacobite.
  5. 5. contact info: Tolquhon Castle AB41 7LP T: 01651 851 286 A great building to explore, including a secret compartment above the laird’s quarters where he hid his valuables. Dunnottar Castle Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire AB39 2TL T: 01569 762173 An essential ‘must see’ on your holiday to Scotland – unique, evocative, his- torical and romantic. Corgarff Castle AB36 8YP T: 01975 651460 After Culloden in 1746, the castle was converted into a Redcoat garrison fortress, largely to suppress Jacobite activity. Delgatie Castle Turriff, Aberdeenshire AB53 5TD T: 01888 563479 The castle is steeped in Scottish his- tory but still gives the feel of a lived in home. There are wonderful painted ceilings dating 1592 and 1597. Fyvie Castle Turriff AB53 8JS T: 01651 891266 The charm of Fyvie ranges from its 13th-century origins to its stunning Edwardian interiors. The castle is home to a superb collection of arms, armour and paintings, including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough. Stroll around the picturesque lake, or visit the restored 1903 racquet court and bowling alley.
  6. 6. DISTILLERIES Royal Lochnagar Distillery Crathie, Ballater, AB35 5TB T: 01339 742700 Situated right next to Balmoral Castle it is the perfect place to visit. You will be offered a guided tour of our traditional working distillery, which retains much of its original charm. Glenglassaugh Distillery Portsoy, Aberdeenshire AB45 2SQ T: 0131 3355131 i Guided distillery tours, visitor centre and gift shop. The Glenlivet Distillery Glenlivet, Ballindarroch AB37 9DB T: 01340 821720 Gift-shop, coffee-shop and hand-fill opportunity. Call for information on our in-depth ‘Spirit of the Malt’ and ‘The Legacy Experience’ tour “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”Mark Twain Why not get into the ‘spirit’ of Scotland’s ancient art of whisky production GlenDronach Distillery Forgue, by Huntly AB54 6DB T: 01466 730202 Guided distillery tours, visitor centre and gift shop.
  7. 7. HISTORICPLACES& ATTRACTIONS “The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth” Robert Burns “Give me Scotland or I die!” John Knox Cathedral Church of St Machar The Chanonry, Old Aberdeen AB24 1RQ T: 01224 485988 On a site of Christian witness for 1,500 years, the magnificent 15th century cathedral with its massive twin spires, world-famous heraldic ceiling and glorious stained glass is one of Scotland’s ‘must see’ treasures Kirk of St Nicholas Union Street, Aberdeen AB10 1JZ T: 01224 643494 The Kirk of St Nicholas is arguably the most impor- tant and undervalued building in the Royal burgh of Aberdeen. The present structure is mainly of 18th and 19th century date, but incorporates portions of the 12th century church and stands on the site of the 15th century building, which was one of the largest and most prestigious burgh churches in Scotland Tomnaverie Stone Circle Historic Scotland, on the B9094 Aboyne Coull T: 01667 460 232 This site was in a ruinous condition as a result of insta- bilities caused by an adjacent quarry but was restored and excavated in 2000. Duff House Banff AB45 3SX T: 01261 818181 Magnificent Georgian mansion designed by William Adam. Contains a collection of important works from the National Galleries of Scot- land.
  8. 8. HISTORICPLACES& ATTRACTIONS Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circle Historic Scotland 1m west of Inverurie on the A96 T: 01667 460232 A recumbent stone circle consisting of 11 upright stones. The circle stones are very broad and massive and are about 4,000 years old. Kinneff Old Church Kinneff, By Inverbervie DD10 On the site of the original church associated with one of the best known episodes in Scottish history.The romantic story of how Kinneff Old Kirk sheltered the Honours of Scotland, the Scottish Crown Jewels, is told and consequently the importance of the part it played in the fate of Scotland’s future. The Trust was formed to ensure its continued maintenance and preservation for the benefit of the Nation. Memsie Cairn 3.5m S of Fraserburgh on B9032 T: 01667 460232 A large stone built cairn, possibly of Bronze-Age date, enlarged during field clearance over the last two centuries. 12th Century Parish Church of St Mary’s Monymusk, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB51 7HJ Monymusk has been inhabited since the Stone Age. It was connected to Christianity in the 5th century and the parish church of St Mary’s was once part of an Augustinian Priory (11th-16th century). In 1929 the church was restored to its original condition and it is now one of the finest parish churches in Scotland. The church houses the Monymusk Stone.
  9. 9. MUSEUMS Aberdeen Maritime Museum Shiprow, Aberdeen AB11 5BY T: 01224 337700 The award-winning Maritime Museum brings the history of the North Sea to life with displays on the offshore oil industry, shipbuilding, fish- ing and clipper ships. It hosts an exciting programme of special exhibi- tions and offers visitors a spectacular viewpoint over the busy harbour The Tolbooth Museum Castle Street, Aberdeen AB10 1EX T: 01224 621167 The Tolbooth Museum is one of Aberdeen’s oldest buildings and one of the best-preserved 17th century jails in Scotland. It features dis- plays on local history and the development of crime and punishment through the centuries. Grampian Transport Museum Alford, Aberdeenshire AB33 8AE T: 01975 562292 Exciting new exhibitions including ‘Scottish Built’ - celebrating the Scottish Motor Industry. Fabulous new ‘climb-aboard’ vehicle exhibits. Junior Driving School - learning through play - for 5 to 11 year olds. Lots to see and do! The Maggie Law Maritime Museum William Street, Gourdon, Montrose, Angus DD10 0LW T: 01569 750730 The Museum sits in the heart of the picturesque fishing village of Gourdon, one of the few remaining working harbours on this coastline. The centrepiece of the Museum is the old inshore lifeboat, the Maggie Law. We aim to create an experience which captures and celebrates, our rich maritime heritage.
  10. 10. MUSEUMS Alford Heritage Museum Alford Heritage Museum, 3 Mart Road, Alford, Aberdeenshire AB33 8BZ T: 019755 62906 The Alford Heritage Museum has been created in the old Auction Mart which was the hub of the agricultural world in the Donside area. The Museum opened to the public in 1991 and now hosts a huge collection of arte- facts and exhibits dating from the early 1800s to the present day. Fraserburgh Heritage Centre Quarry Road, Fraserburgh AB43 9DT T: 01346 512888 Depicting 400 year history of Fraserburgh. Hands-on activities. Audio tour available. Shop. Group, school visits, etc. welcome, pre-booking essential. Out of hours by special arrangement – phone 01346 513802. Free parking. Satrosphere Science Centre 179 Constitution Street, Aberdeen AB24 5TU T: 01224 640340 With hands-on interactive exhibits and live science shows, a visit will inspire the scientist within. Our enthusiastic and dynamic team continues to develop interactive and con- temporary programmes that transport visitors, of all ages and backgrounds, to the heart of discovery. Fraserburgh is Europe’s largest shellfish port