Aberchirder is a village in north Aberdeenshire. It is often known as Foggieloan or simply 'Foggie', which may come from Gaelic words for a boggy meadow. It first appears in history as the place where St Marnan was buried, sometime around AD 620. Aberchirder, Grampian, Scotland
The Granite City of Aberdeen is not, perhaps, the first place you think of as far as historic places to visit in Scotland, but Aberdeen has a long and rich history. The city grew up in a triangle of land between the rivers Dee and Don.
The Aberdeenshire village of Aboyne is perhaps best known as the home of an annual Highland Games. The Aboyne Highland Games Day traditionally takes place on the first or second Wednesday in September and is always held on the day before the famous Highland Gathering at Braemar. Aboyne, Grampian, Scotland
Alford is a village on the south bank of the River Don, in an area devoted to farming. The most famous native of Alford is probably poet Charles Murray, author of Hamewith, who was born here in 1864. Alford, Grampian, Scotland
Ballater stands at the heart of Royal Deeside, an attractive town on the River Dee which for over 100 years has seen the comings and goings of the royal family on their way to nearby Balmoral Castle. The town is set in fabulously beautiful countryside, ringed by low hills, in an area fringed by pine forest. Ballater, Grampian, Scotland
The town of Banchory stands beside the River Dee, about 18 miles inland of Aberdeen, and acts as a gateway to the splendid scenery of the Highlands further west. There are wonderful opportunities for walks through the surrounding forests and along the rivers Dee and Feugh. Banchory, Grampian, Scotland
Banff is a seaport, royal burgh, and the former county town of the traditional Scottish county of Banffshire, now largely absorbed in Aberdeenshire. The town stands on the west bank of the River Deveron where it empties into the North Sea, facing MacDuff on the east bank of the river. Banff is built on a series of terraces cut into the hillside above the harbour. Banff, Grampian, Scotland
The Aberdeenshire village of Braemar is best known as the site of the largest and most prestigious Highland Games, the annual Highland Gathering. The Gathering takes place in the first week of September each year. The tradition of Games at Braemar date back to around 1060, when King Malcolm Canmore came to the area on a hunting trip. He held a large festival at Doldencha, and awarded prizes for feats of strength. Braemar, Grampian, Scotland