Castle Fraser - National Trust for Scotland

Inverurie AB51 7LD

Approaching Castle Fraser down the Broad Walk, the granite walls rising up to the distinctive turrets make an imposing sight. This was the impression the lairds intended as the present castle took shape between 1575 and 1636 - a statement of pride for the Fraser family and a show of strength to any would-be detractors.

Craigievar Castle

Alford AB33 8JF

Craigievar is an iconic tower house, amongst the best preserved and the most loved in Scotland. The large estate features woodland, parkland with magnificent specimen trees, and farmland with extensive views over the surrounding countryside to Bennachie. Extensive collection of mid-20th-century ceramics. Stunning 17th century plaster ceilings. Virtually unchanged since built in 1610.

Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate

Banchory AB31 5QJ

One of the most beautiful and best preserved castles in Scotland set against a magnificent garden with its world-renowned June Border. Occupied by the Burnetts of leys for over 350 years the castle, garden and estate are a must see for any visitor to the north-east of Scotland.

Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

By Banchory AB31 5EY

The oldest intact building in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, Drum Castle was, from 1323 to 1975, the home of the Irvine family. Situated in the world-famous castle country of North East Scotland, the castle stands at the gates to Royal Deeside on a ridge overlooking the River Dee. Beautiful medieval chapel, 17th-century mansion house and 19th-century additions.

Duff House Country House Gallery

Banff AB45 3SX

Duff House is a treasure house and cultural arts centre operated by a unique partnership of Historic Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council. Storytellers, musicians and artists are at home here and Duff House organises a regular artistic programme of exhibitions, music and lectures.

Fyvie Castle - National Trust For Scotland

The National Trust for Scotland, Fyvie
Nr. Turriff AB53 8JS

Ghosts, legends and folklore are all woven into the tapestry of Fyvie's 800-year history. Each tower of this magnificent Scottish Baronial fortress is traditionally associated with one of the castle's five successive families - Preston, Meldrum, Seton, Gordon and Forbes-Leith.

Gordon Highlanders Museum, The

St Luke's, Viewfield Road
Aberdeen AB15 7XH

From the Napoleonic wars to the modern day, you can re-live the compelling and dramatic story of The Gordon Highlanders through our spectacular and interactive displays. The museum is housed in the former home and studio of prominent Scottish artist, Sir George Reid. Collections: The museum houses the regimental treasures of The Gordon Highlanders collected over 200 years and includes medals, weapons, textiles, silver, ceramics, photography, art and an extensive archive.

Haddo House

Ellon AB41 7EQ

Designed by Scottish architect William Adam in 1732, Haddo House near Aberdeen is a magnificent example of an historic Scottish stately home. Originally Palladian in style, the house now has late Victorian interiors after a 19th-century refurbishment and is renowned for its stunning decorated ceilings. It also has impressive collections of period furniture, ceramics and art, including paintings by Sir Thomas Lawrence and James Giles. The house is open for guided tours only but the grounds are open all the time.

Leith Hall Garden & Estate

Huntly AB54 4NQ

A typical Scottish laird's residence brimming with family treasures, Leith Hall is set in 286 acres of scenic estate containing 6 acres of wonderful garden that overlooks some of Aberdeenshire' finest rolling countryside. The House contains many tapestries, several interesting clocks, some fine china and a wonderful collection of family portraits and paintings.

Maud Railway Museum

Maud Railway Station
Maud AB42 5LY

Relive the great days of steam trains at the former Maud Railway Station. Sound effects add to the nostalgia of varied displays of railway memorabilia.

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, The

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Kinnaird Head
Fraserburgh AB43 9DU

Discover the skill, dedication, science and romance of Scotland's lighthouses in the only dedicated museum in the United Kingdom. In the company of our friendly guides, climb the 72 steps up the first lighthouse in Scotland. Collections: The museum tells the story of the Stevenson family, lighthouse engineers to the world, the story of the lighthouse service in Scotland and the Keepers and their families who manned the Scottish lighthouses.

Peterhead Maritime Heritage

South Road, Aberdeenshire
Peterhead AB42 2YP

Visit one of Aberdeenshire's latest visitor attractions, built next to the shore on South Bay, Peterhead in an award-winning building. Experience Peterhead's maritime life past and present in picture and sound.

Provost Skene's House

Guestrow, off Broad Street
Aberdeen AB10 1AS

Dating from 1545, Provost Skene's House now houses an attractive series of period room settings, recalling the elegant furnishings of earlier times. Visitors can see an intriguing series of religious paintings in the Painted Gallery, changing fashions in the Costume Gallery and enjoy a light snack in Provost Skene's Kitchen.

Salmon Bothy

Links Road, Portsoy
Banff AB45 2SS

The Salmon House was purpose built in 1834 by the Seafield Estate, which then owned the salmon fishing rights along the coast. The three-storey building provided an office, a bothy, an ice house, a fish preparation area, workshop and storage accommodation. The Salmon Bothy Museum is housed in what were the ground floor ice house chambers used in the salmon fishing operation.

Sandhaven Meal Mill

Sandhaven Meal Mill Visitor Centre, Sandhaven
Fraserburgh AB43 4EP

See how oatmeal used to be ground in this typical 19th century Scottish meal mill.

University of Aberdeen, Herbarium

Department of Plant and Soil Science, Cruickshank Building, St Machar Drive, King's College
Aberdeen AB24 3UU

The Herbarium is an internationally important collection. It contains approximately 120,000 specimens and consists of material that is worldwide in scope, with the British and South-East Asian collections forming the core of the collection.