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The Arms of Aberdeenshire  from St Columba's, Pont Street, London

Aberdeenshire is in the North East of Scotland, bordered by the North Sea to the North and East, Inverness to the West with Kincardine, Forfar and Perthshire to the South. The main towns are Aberdeen, Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Stonehaven, Westhill , Ellon  and Portlethen. It is mountainous and contains the famous Rivers, the Don and the Dee which meet at Aberdeen, the Ythan and the Deveron. 

The main mountains are:
Ben Macdhui 1,309 m (4,296 ft), the second highest mountain in the Scotland
Braeriach 1,295 m (4,248 ft),
Cairn Toul 1,293 m (4241 ft),
Beinn a' Bhuird 1,196 m (3,924 ft),
Ben Avon 1,171 m (3,843 ft),
Lochnagar 1,154 m (3,786 ft)
Cairn Eas 1,084 m (3556 ft)
Sgarsoch 1,037 m (3,402 ft),
Culardoch 900 m (2,953 ft)

There are two intriguing hills:
Tap o' Noth  563 m (1,847 ft)

Mither Tap 518 m (1,698 ft); Oxen Craig 528 m (1,732 ft)

Tap o' Noth

Both are surmounted by Iron Age forts.


Harlaw Monument


The Maiden Stone

Aberdeenshire has a rich history, and has an abundance of stone circles and Pictish stones.  Bennachie has been suggested as the location for the Roman/Pict battle of Mons Graupius as depicted at the Archaeolink Prehistory Park at Oyne. Later battles included Harlaw in 1424 and Alford in 1645. Above all it is Scotland's Castle County, with more than 100 Castles and Stately Homes. 


Castle Fraser

It is well known for its Highland Games, including Braemar, Aboyne and the Lonach Gathering.

Highland Games

Aboyne Games

In terms of agriculture, the main crops are oats and barley, and its Aberdeen Angus and Shorthorn cattle have contributed to Argentina's well known beef.

The Alford Bull

Its famous grey granite is exported worldwide.

Aberdeenshire is my mother's homeland and the family there is associated with the lands around Bennachie.

Doric is the dialect spoken in the North East, the broadest version of which is the Buchan Claik spoken around The Broch (Fraserburgh).  Robbie Shepherd writes a weekly column "The Doric Column" in the Press and Journal in Doric.  (Doric thought to be a reference to the complex Greek Dorian dialect when it was popular to refer to Edinburgh as the Athens of the North, Athens using "Attic" Greek).


Aberdeenshire Council

Archaeolink Prehistory Park, Aberdeenshire Family Attraction, Living History, Education, Events

Castles of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in Scotland

Clickable map of Aberdeenshire

The Lonach Gathering and the Lonach Society

The Aboyne Highland Games

The Braemar Gathering

The Press & Journal

Tourist Information on Aberdeen and Grampian Highlands, Scotland, UK - Aberdeen, Scotland's third city

The National Trust for Scotland - Scottish Castles & Gardens: Aberdeenshire


Photographs © Iain Laird 2002-2014