Aberdeenshire is a county in East Scotland. It covers more than 2,000 square miles and borders Perthshire, Angus, Banffshire and Kincardineshire, with a wild stretch of coast facing the North Sea. Aberdeenshire holiday cottages in the county’s west are a stone’s throw from snowy mountains, peaceful farmland and rolling hills, while properties in the county’s east benefit from having vast, sandy beaches, clifftop walks and breath-taking sea views on their doorstep. The coast is one of the best places in Scotland to spot dolphins and rare seabirds, while the city of Aberdeen is a wonderful place to explore, with a remarkable industrial heritage and iconic granite architecture. Inland, the rivers Dee, Don and Deveron are superb spots for salmon and trout fishing, and are overlooked by pretty towns and villages which time seems to have forgotten.
Carriage House resembles a castle with its four-storey tower and expansive grounds, and a regal stay is assured at a large cottage bursting with character and finished with modern comforts. The four-bedroom, rural holiday cottage in the Borders town of Coldstream welcomes families and friends.
National Trust for Scotland offers Courtyard Cottage, a romantic apartment set inside Drum Castle in Drumoak. The pet-friendly dwelling in Aberdeenshire dates back 700 years & boasts antique furnishings in keeping with its history, as well as an open fire, contemporary comforts & beautiful grounds.
Keltie is a former fisherman’s cottage now offering contemporary accommodation in Portnockie in Moray. The pet-friendly coastal cottage offers a south-facing patio, sea views and lovely décor, and sits amid Aberdeenshire and The Coastal Trail close to beaches and the coastal beauty of the region.
Originally built for lighthouse keepers, Near Bank Cottage is a traditional end-terrace, stone-built cottage near St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve and offers guests an open fire and calming views. The pet-friendly property connects to the reserve and to the fascinating Scottish Borders region.
Baronial Bliss is a luxurious grand cottage on sumptuous grounds near Roughpark in Scotland. The regal castle sits among woodlands and ponds and offers majestic views, delightful outdoor entertaining areas and exquisite furnishings with log fires. The 17th-century property promises special memories.
Don’t miss Cairngorms National Park during your stay in a holiday cottage in Aberdeenshire, a rugged expanse of vast woodlands, towering mountains, tumbling rivers and lochs. Aberdeenshire is dotted with ancient sites including 263 castles, Balmoral and Dunnottar being two of the most famous. The county is a paradise for outdoor activities, with huge areas of unspoiled countryside, several of Scotland’s best ski centres and world-class gold courses.
The city of Aberdeen is famous for its grey granite buildings, which sparkle like silver and earned it the name, the Granite City. Aberdeen has a rich industrial heritage of paper-manufacturing, fishing, shipbuilding, and oil. The streets of Old Aberdeen are a must-see on self-catering holidays in Aberdeenshire, with many of the city’s most impressive historic buildings, a variety of independent shops, and plenty of opportunities to sample a dram of local whisky.
The Aberdeenshire coast is famous for its cruises into the North Sea, where bottlenose dolphins, white-beaked dolphins and even minke whales are often spotted.