From castles, coastal towns and beaches to lush countryside, open roads, golf courses and distilleries, you’ll find them all and much more in Aberdeenshire.

If you’re planning a break in Scotland this summer it’s the perfect destination for those seeking fresh air and the great outdoors mixed with vibrant towns, quiet villages, great food and drink, culture, and lots of history.

And, of course, there’s the great city of Aberdeen itself, home to a highly respected university, Scotland’s newest arts venue P&J Live, the stunning Aberdeen Art Gallery, excellent theatres, lively pubs and restaurants, and Aberdeen International Airport.

If you’re spending a few days in Aberdeenshire then head for the coast where you’ll discover picture-postcard villages like Pennan, St Cyrus, Ballater and Cruvie, and towns such as Braemar, Stonehaven, Banchory, Aboyne and Turrif.

Looking for more inspiration? VisitAberdeenshire is running a “Rediscover your Aberdeenshire towns and villages” campaign, linked to the high-profile Scotland Loves Local initiative.

Chris Foy, CEO of VisitAberdeenshire, says: “Aberdeenshire’s towns and villages are fascinating, and all incredibly different with so much to see and do.”

A dedicated campaign website offering inspiration for travel, things to do, places to stay and where to eat can be found at:

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