From mountain to sea this underrated area, the north-eastern corner of Scotland, is known throughout the world as castle and malt whisky country.

The many castles include Castle Fraser, being one of the most notable, together with Drum, Crathes, Craigievar, Kildrummy and Balmoral. This is also malt whisky country where over half of Scotlands whisky distilleries are located including Glenfarclas, Glenlivet, Macallan and Aberlour, amongst many others.

The river Spey being the lifeblood for many of these, as well as providing the angler for sport with salmon fishing.

The city of Aberdeen, known as the Granite City due to its huge usage of this stone for its buildings, is cosmopolitan in feel and provides a gateway to Royal Deeside which is an area of outstanding beauty. The rivers Dee and Don both flow from there into Aberdeen and out to sea.

This is also a land of Highland Games the most notable being the Braemar Gathering. For golfers there are the championship courses at Nairn, Royal Aberdeen and Cruden Bay. The local dialect is known as Doric and if you are asked ‘fit like’ you are being asked how you are. The local paper is the Aberdeen Press and Journal, known as the P+J.

If you are interested in renting a self catering castle in Aberdeenshire for a special birthday or family holiday why not  check out this 13th Century Castle, just thirty minutes from the Granite City and within The Castle Trail region.

13th Century Castle Tower Apartment sleeping 16 in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

This is one of Scotland’s great castles with five towers, each built and named after one of the five families who owned it in succession.