Aberdeenshire is a part of Scotland that may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking about the perfect Scottish holiday. But there is so much to do and so much variety that it really can give you the very perfect holiday. From beaches to mountains to whisky there is so much to enjoy.
For seaside there is a beautiful string of coastal villages along the Moray Firth such as Portknuckle. Built as a herring fishing village on a beautiful coast line with crashing waves and jagged rocks. A little way in land Green Castle has 3000 years of history to explore. Or if you like a walk to take into the scenery walk from Portknuckie past the Bow Fiddle Rock and the fabulously named Whale’s Moo. The walk is three miles but well worth the effort.
Mackays self catering has a charming semi-detached cottage in a quiet residential street on Portknuckle a short walk from the sea, village shops and pubs. Built in the distinctive local style, the property has been extensively renovated to provide all modern comforts within a traditional exterior and is very comfortably furnished in a welcoming manner.
If you are looking to messing about on boats then why not try Portsoy. The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival claims to be “the biggest gathering of traditional boats in Scotland since the heyday of the fishing industry,” Watch the skill of boat builders and all the traditional crafts that kept the herring fleet afloat.
The market town of Huntly makes a good base to enjoy Aberdeenshire and nearby Huntly Castle is well worth a visit. Enjoying a wonderful setting where rivers Bogie and Deveron and meet the castle once sheltered Robert the Bruce but was a baronial residence for over five hundred year. The original building was built 1000 years ago and was the ancestral home to the clan Gordon. Guided tours are available.