Aberdeenshire

Area guide

Lovely open roads for soft-top motoring, fabulous switchbacks up past the ski-resorts, unfolding grouse moors – this is what’s so special about Aberdeenshire in the summer.

Banchory

St Nicholas House, 68 Station Road
Banchory
AB31 5YJ

+44 1330 824888

Welcome to our Aberdeenshire area guide, where we explore this beautiful Scottish county, looking at various highlights as well as more practical details, such as transport links, property prices, schooling and more.

The quality of life is what people come for; some of the most beautiful views in Scotland, fine castles, extensive and beautiful coastline, great salmon fishing, deer stalking, skiing and riding all through the Cairngorms National Park.

There is tangible prosperity, brought by the oil dividend in Aberdeen and now the renewables industry. This keeps hotels busy and good restaurants packed – Eat On The Green overlooking picturesque Udny Green offers a warm welcome and fine dining using local ingredients created by award winning chef Craig Wilson. The schools are excellent, both state and private, and the golf is world-class; three new golf courses are coming, from Donald Trump, Jack Nicklaus and Paul Lawrie.

The Strutt & Parker Banchory office covers the vast majority of Aberdeenshire and The City of Aberdeen, with a very broad range of houses: country mansions, modern apartments, farmhouses, stone cottages and plenty of development opportunities, all set in stunning surroundings and with more land than you would get for your money in other parts of the country.

Things to do in Aberdeenshire

Outdoors enthusiasts will love Aberdeenshire; there is over 200 km of rugged coast with beautiful scenery, sheltered bays and bustling fishing villages and the Cairngorms with stunning landscapes, mountains and peaceful, secluded forests. The coastline, lochs and rivers provide endless opportunities for watersports fanatics and anglers; the mountains offer 2 ski centres; and there are numerous excellent golf courses. The wild, unspoilt landscape of the whole county is fantastic for walkers, climbers and cyclists.

Aberdeenshire also benefits from a very rich history; those looking for more leisurely things to do in Aberdeenshire might enjoy following the castle trail, which ensures you don’t miss a single one of the area’s 20 castles! Gastronomists will fall in love with the fresh produce available, which can be enjoyed at the number of wonderful eateries, markets and farm shops in the area.

Why we love Aberdeenshire

The high standard of living, low unemployment and low crime rate make Aberdeenshire a fine place to live. Here are some other reasons why we love Aberdeenshire:

  • Fabulous countryside from the impressive Cairngorms to the beautiful rugged and sandy coastline.
  • The best local produce, fresh fish, outstanding meat, Alford oats for a great start to the day and a wee dram of local malts to finish the day.
  • The range of outdoor pursuits available from salmon fishing, grouse shooting and stalking to mountain biking, kite surfing and skiing.

Our Banchory office recommends the following:

  • Eat On The Green overlooking picturesque Udny Green offers a wam welcome and fine dining using local ingredients created by award winning chef Craig Wilson.
  • Malmaison cocktail bar in Aberdeen, for a cool vibe and great cocktails.
  • Braemar Gathering – a traditional Highland Gathering and sports events attracting large crowds. The Queen and other members of the Royal Family come from Balmoral to enjoy the event.
  • A walk through Paradise Woods in Monymusk, as its name suggests paradise.

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Schools in the area

Aberdeenshire schools are well known for their high standards of education.

Robert Grodon’s College, Albyn and St Margaret’s School for Girls all get good reviews. Robert Gordon’s College in the Schoolhill area of Aberdeen city is in the top 5 schools in Scotland, getting good academic results and sporting achievements, whilst remaining a large but notably friendly school.

Aberdeenshire, along with other areas of Scotland, does very well for state schools, with Cult’s Academy in Aberdeen and Banchory Academy doing particularly well. Aberdeen Grammar School and Westhill Academy also have good reputations. Aberdeen City has an impressive number of well-regarded primary schools: among others, the schools of Ashley Road, Broomhill and Milltimber are all rated at least as very good.

Outside the City, the picture is very similar. Both Banchory and Banchory-Devenick primary schools are reported as good as is the Mill O’Forest School in Stonehaven. Torphins School, near Aboyne, St Andrew’s School in Inverurie and Dunnottar School in Stonehaven are all very good.

For a more comprehensive list of schools in Aberdeenshire we recommend the Good Schools Guide.

Transport links

By train

Good train links serve the Aberdeenshire area: hourly trains take you from Aberdeen to Kings Cross in about 7 hours, to Edinburgh in 2 and a half hours and to Huntly in 50 minutes. Twice hourly services run to Aberdeen from Inverurie, taking 21 minutes, and from Stonehaven, taking just 16 minutes.

Outdoors enthusiasts will love Aberdeenshire; there is over 200 km of rugged coast with beautiful scenery, sheltered bays and bustling fishing villages and the Cairngorms with stunning landscapes, mountains and peaceful, secluded forests.