Search the best hotels in Aberdeenshire
Aberdeenshire, the rich and fertile county nestling on the northeast of Scotland, is a region both steeped in history and wild natural beauty. Ideal for a romantic weekend away or an adventerous family holiday, it is the perfect place to escape the mania and bustle of modern life: whether you're spotting dolphins along the long stretches of sandy coastline, exploring ruined clifftop castles or hiking through the rugged green Grampians Mountains, you will find yourself at peace amidst the unspoilt and dramatic scenery. Check out our collection of the best places to stay in Aberdeenshire to find out more.
To the west of the region lies sweeping rich farmland peppered with lowly craggy hills, largely in the shadow of the looming Grampian Mountains; to the east lies the Buchan coastline, full of rugged cliffs and long stretches of pearly-white beaches littered with quiant and picturesque fishing villages. A fertile and wealthy region in the Highlands, Aberdeenshire is famed for its Abrdeen Angus beef cattle, but one of her greatest charms lies in her hiking trails. The Cairngorms National Park's savagely beautiful landscape is a must-see - teeming with lochs that mirror the sky and wild, dark patches of forestry. To the east, along the coastline, lies the St. Cyrus National Nature Reserve, a stunning world of blooming flora and untouched fauna.
As for history, Aberdeenshire brims with it. With over 263 castles in the region alone, it is the ideal place to explore the ruined glory of our ancestors. A particularly fascinating thing-to-do is the Castle Trail, which follows 13 castles in a day's journey. Some castles, like Dunnottor in Stonehaven, should be on anyones' sightseeing list: a stark and haunting ruin sitting atop a clifftop, it was the inspiration for the Disney-Pixar film Brave. Others, like New Slains Castle - roofless and sinister - are fascinating to explore: built in the 16th century and subsequently rebuilt in the 19th century, it looms gloomily on a cliff facing the North Sea. It isn't surprising, really, that it was the inspiration for Dracula.
The area is home to some fascinating and idiosyncratic museums. The Glenesk Folk Museum, in Angus, shows visitors how their ancestors lived via fully immersive and interactive methods: you can even wear period costume and play with archaic toys! The Peterhead Prison Museum is also a must-see. Once known as "Scotland's Alcatraz", it is now a museum - ableit, a frightening one - and allows visitors to see how the prisoners lived. Dolphin-spotting in Aberdeen is hugely popular with tourists: Aberdeen, the shining city of granite, is the best place to spot dolphins in the whole of Scotland, and you can watch them chase the leaping salmon from Torry Battery, by the sea.
Not to miss
- Hike through the rugged and wild landscape of the Grampian Mountains!
- Trek along the Castle Trail and explore 13 different castles in one sitting.
- Go dolphin-spotting in Aberdeen!
- Visit the standing stones of either Kirkton of Bourtie or Tomnaverie, and marvel at the sublime passing of history.
- Learn how your ancestors lived at the Glenesk Folk Museum!
- Go salmon fishing in the River Dee, Dan or Deveron.
- Explore the haunting ruins of Dunnottor Castle, in Stonehaven!
- Go to the Peterhead Prison Museum, once "Scotland's Alcatraz" and see how the prisoners lived.
Aberdeenshire is a fascinating and beautiful part of Scotland famed for its beef, castles and mountains. The perfect place for a weekend away or a family holiday, you will fall in love with this gorgeous region, and our collection of the best places to stay in Aberdeenshire will ensure that you do.
The best places to stay in Aberdeenshire
- TorNaCoille: a lovely baronial house in Banchory, with elegant rooms adorned with luxurious beds and antique furniture. The restaurant serves hearty Scottish fare, locally-sourced.
- Bauhaus Hotel: a chic hotel in downtown Aberdeen, with colourful interior facades and exposed brick walls. Ideal for exploring the city.
- Douneside House: in the heart of Royal Deeside, this beautiful country house in the quintessential country retreat. Intimate and offering sumptous cuisine, it is the perfect place for couples looking for romance and quiet.
- The Cock and Bull: a stylish gastropub in Balmedie, offering boutique rooms in a cottage outside the restaurant, which serves delicious locally-sourced food. Ideal for golfing trips or hiking breaks, it is an award-winning accomdation.
- Banchory Lodge: in a spellbinding location on the banks of the River Dee, this is the ideal hotel for those who love fishing. Set amongt beautiful grounds, with elegant rooms, an atmospheric bar and a fantastic restaurant.
- The Chester Hotel: elegant and plush accommodation in the heart of Aberdeen. A lovely 19th century listed-building, it is the perfect base from which to explore the granite city. Stylish rooms, a superb restaurant and beauty treatments on offer.
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- The best time to go is during the summer, when the temperature ranges from 8 to 18 degrees.
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Best Hotels in Aberdeenshire
TorNaCoille 30 rooms from £60Banchory
Set in a lovely baronial house, TorNaCoille is an excellent hotel in Banchory on Deeside. Elegant rooms are adorned with luxurious beds and tasteful furniture. The hotel's excellent restaurant has a Scottish focus and utilises the best of local produce.Local exploring - A great base from which to explore the beautiful landscape and sights of Deeside.Sights nearby - Deeside is full of lovely castles such as Crathes Castle and Drum Castle.Fishing - Go fishing on the nearby Dee, one of the UK's best salmon rivers.Great walks - The surrounding countryside is full of lovely walking routes.
Bauhaus Hotel 39 rooms from £65Aberdeen
The contemporary Bauhaus Hotel enjoys a superbly central location in downtown Aberdeen. Offers boutique accommodation with white interiors, brick wall facades and splashes of colourful artwork on the walls. Rooms also feature 60" TVs and en suite bathrooms. A well located and decent value spot.Local exploring - Make the most out of your location to see all that the city has to offerCity Style - Bauhaus Hotel is the perfect base from which to get to know AberdeenValue chic - Great accommodation, a central location and all at low costSights nearby - Go visit Aberdeen Music Hall, Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption or Aberdeen Harbour
Banchory Lodge 28 rooms from £82Banchory
Overlooking the banks of the river Dee, Banchory Lodge is a true Scottish retreat. Elegant rooms, an atmospheric bar and an excellent restaurant all come together to form a superb hotel. A great spot for keen fishers who can cast a fly from the bottom of the hotel's garden.Local exploring - A great base from which to explore Banchory and the surrounding Deeside area.Fishing - The nearby fishing on the Dee is some of the finest in Scotland.Sights nearby - Visit sights such as nearby castles at Crathes and Drum.Great walks - Go for lovely walks along the Dee.
The Cock and Bull 6 rooms from £85Aberdeenshire
Stylish gastropub with rooms in Balmedie offering boutique accommodation in a cottage opposite the restaurant. Winner of Scotland's Gastropub of the Year in 2012 and 2013, it is a cosy and intimate setting serving locally-sourced produce. Great for golf trips to Cruden Bay and Royal Aberdeen.Foodies - An award-winning restaurant serving locally sourced food.Secluded setting - For escaping.Views - Great views from hotel
Skene House HotelSuites Rosemount 101 rooms from £89Aberdeen
Reasonably priced but well-serviced apartments in heart of the Granite City. Combines the best of both worlds: independent living and warmth of hospitality, perfect for business clientele or weekend city break. Clean modern apartments in characterful granite buildingBusiness Hotel - Established favourite of oil business visitorsSights nearby - All of Aberdeen's highlights are close by
Malmaison Aberdeen 80 rooms from £109Aberdeen
Typical of the Malmaison brand. Castle-like hotel bedecked with tartan upholstery and dark furniture. Intimate whisky snug, brasserie, bar, and relaxing spa.SpaSights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection
Lys-na-greyne 6 rooms from £110Aboyne
In a picturesque position overlooking the River Dee, Lys-na-greyne is a luxurious B&B. Boasting plush rooms with modern interiors and spacious bathrooms, Lys-na-greyne is perfect for a relaxing break. With excellent fishing on the doorstep, it's a great base for a fishing trip to the Dee.Great walks - The surrounding area is full of beautiful walking routes.Sights nearby - Visit the nearby Craigievar Castle and Kildrummy Castle.Fishing - Superb salmon fishing on the nearby Dee.Views - Great views from hotel
Douneside House 14 rooms from 110Tarland, Aberdeenshire
Situated in the heart of Royal Deeside, Douneside House is a perfect country retreat. Come for delicious food, comfy beds and total relaxationFishing - On the River Dee nearbyViews - Over the Dee valleySwimming Pool - Indoor poolSpa
The Chester Hotel 54 rooms from £110Aberdeen
A short walk from the city centre, The Chester Hotel is set in a lovely 19th-century listed building. Combines original architecture with elegant contemporary features. Offers stylish rooms and meals at the fabulous restaurant are a must! Beauty treatments available. A top-notch chic city stay!City Style - The Chester Hotel is a great base from which to get to know AberdeenLocal exploring - See all that the city has to offerGreat walks - Wander through Duthie Park Winter GardensSpa
Castle of Park 3 rooms from £125Aberdeenshire
A beautifully kept castle standing in acres of manicured gardens and woodlands. Three individually styled rooms are unsurprisingly grand, filled with antiques and boasting luxurious bathrooms. The reception rooms are everything you would expect from a property on this scale. A fabulous stay.Country Escape - Country houses - or castles - don't come much better than this. A taste of granduer in an utterly lovely location.Great walks - Stroll through the extensive grounds that include a laburnum walk, rose garden, labyrinth, ancient woodland and meadows.Remote - Off the beaten track.Secluded setting - For escaping.
The Fife Arms 46 rooms from £146Braemar, Aberdeenshire
High Victoriana meets Modern Luxury at the miraculously reinvented Fife Arms in Braemar. A destination as much as a place to stay, come here to celebrate and relax, or to walk, stalk or fish; a warm welcome, eclectic art, comfy bedrooms and ever charming highland hospitality are guaranteed.Other Activities - Stalking and shooting all available by arrangementArtworks - Picasso, Freud, Bruegel to name just a fewOpulent - Check out the Royal SuitesFishing - Fishing on the Dee
Marcliffe at Pitfodels 42 rooms from £160Aberdeen (Pitfodels)
Delightful Scottish refuge in 11 acres of woodland on the edge of the historic city of Aberdeen. Elegant and spacious bedrooms, Conservatory restaurant with extensive wine list, luxury spa.SpaFishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Small Luxury Hotels