Self-catering accommodation in Aberdeenshire
A county of coastlines, castles, the Cairngorms and royal connections, Aberdeenshire offers a rare time for loons and quines, auld and wee alike. There are more castles in Aberdeenshire per acre than anywhere else in the UK including Braemar, Craigievar, Dunnottar, Huntly and Castle Fraser to mention just a few. There are also many that didn't withstand the passing of time and the ruined castles of Aberdeenshire also make for a great day out. With our selection of self-catering accommodation in Aberdeenshire, you can even stay in a castle or within castle grounds!
For walkers and wildlife watchers, a trip to the Cairngorms National Park is a must. Here you will find mountains (including Ben Macdui, the UK’s second highest peak), moorland, wetland, grassland and native forest. This diversity of habitat is home to a host of wildlife including a quarter of the UK’s rare and endangered species. Enjoy scenic walks in the mountains during summer and skiing throughout the winter, while intrepid holidaymakers can indulge in windsurfing or kayaking off the coast. To explore the rest of the county you might hurry to Banchory, lead on to Macduff or head for Peterhead – one of Europe’s busiest fishing ports, while nearby Slains Castle is said to have inspired Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’.
The city of Aberdeen itself is famed for its buildings made of locally quarried grey granite and the prosperity brought by the North Sea oil industry. Located at the mouths of the River Dee and River Don, the beach in between has earned it the romantic moniker of ‘The Silver City with the Golden Sands’. An ideal destination for shopping, arts and culture, it is a perennial Britain in Bloom medal winner and has been dubbed ‘the Floral Capital of Scotland’. The warm, Doric welcome extended to visitors is encapsulated by the city’s official motto: Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again.
Holidaying in Aberdeenshire, you will find yourself in good company as the county is home to Royal Deeside and the Balmoral Estate. Referred to by Queen Victoria as "my dear paradise in the Highlands," and still loved by the Royal Family today, from April to July you can visit Balmoral’s grounds and gardens. From a city break in vibrant Aberdeen to a cosy cottage in a remote Angus glen, our collection of holiday cottages in Aberdeenshire offer something to suit everyone. Bring your dogs to stay in our pet-friendly Aberdeenshire cottages or choose a larger property for that perfect celebratory stay away with family and friends.