Staycations a short drive from Aberdeen
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of ASPC. Over five decades, we have been at the forefront of property marketing in the North East and to mark this important milestone, our 2019 calendar takes us on a journey around the area to showcase the stunning location in which we work and live.
The calendar features a selection of specially commissioned photographs by the acclaimed Aberdeen-born photographer Ray Smith, who captures the area in a unique and engaging way.
One of the joys of Aberdeen is the fact that, within a very short drive, you can be out in the surrounding area and in a completely different environment. February’s calendar images highlight this, showing the wonderful scenery across the region.
With this in mind, we’ve picked out some great locations where locals can enjoy a staycation in beautiful Aberdeenshire.
Situated in the heart of the Royal Deeside, the village of Braemar is encircled by the mountains and forests of the Cairngorms. Being surrounded by the countryside ensures there are plenty of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy, whether it’s teeing off on Scotland’s highest golf course, bagging a Munro or attending the Braemar Highland Games like a Royal. For those who enjoy winter sports, Braemar is only a short drive to Glenshee, the largest ski resort in Scotland.
Just along the Aberdeenshire coast the beautiful harbour town of Stonehaven sits south of the city. The seaside location is perfect for a family staycation, exploring the striking Dunnottar Castle, swimming in the Stonehaven Heated Open Air Swimming Pool, and enjoying walks along the beach with an ice cream.
Ballater enjoys an envious location in the Cairngorms National Park. With so much to explore, the charming Victorian village is one of the top visitor spots in the region. See how the Royals live by visiting Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s beloved Scottish home, which holds years of British history, dating back to 1852 when it was purchased for Queen Victoria. The grounds, gardens and exhibitions are open to the Public between April and July.
Banchory has history, culture and an abundance of adventure. Positioned next to the River Dee, visitors can witness the Scottish salmon make the spectacular climb up the Falls of Feugh during spawning season. If exploring Scotland’s many castles is of interest, then Banchory boasts Drum Castle with 700 years of history and Crathes Castle which has immaculate walled gardens and an adventure park hidden in its woodland.
Known for its stunning Georgian architecture, Banff has attracted many famous visitors over the years, including Scottish poet Robert Burns. One of the most popular of the Georgian buildings is Duff House, a grand mansion which, once a hotel and prisoner of war camp, now houses works from the National Galleries of Scotland. Head towards the coast for Banff Harbour and Banff Links Beach which is the perfect place to learn to surf in one of the best spots in the country or catch a glimpse of the dolphins and porpoises form the shore.
Are you planning a staycation this year?