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The main A90 runs north from Dundee to Aberdeen and passes through the Howe of the Mearns, an agricultural district so evocatively described by local author, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, in his brilliant trilogy "A Scots Quair". His home can be visited at Arbuthnott. The coastal route (A92) from Dundee runs north from Montrose and meets the A90 by the little fishing port of Stonehaven, which is close to the dramatic ruins of Dunnotar Castle, one of the area's main attractions. Other places of interest include Fasque House, family home of Victorian prime minister Gladstone.

  • Local Sights & Activities for Aberdeenshire

    Popular Visitor Attractions

    Portsoy Salmon Bothy

    Small museum housed in the old ice rooms that illustrates and explores the Salmon fishing trade in the North Sea of yesteryear.

    Duff House

    Beautiful William Adam house with superb gardens and grounds. Open all year.

    Insch Museum

    Charming local museum housed in the railway station that charts history of Insch and also has working model railway!


    Loch Morlich to Lairig Ghru walk

    The famous Lairig Ghru is an ancient route through the Cairngorms which passes between Ben Macdui and Braeriach. It is a very strenuous walk and only for fit and experienced hikers. An easier proposition is a 12-mile loop which leads to the start of the Lairig Ghru pass, starting from Loch Morlich.