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|It has many magnificent buildings. Its city centre has not been spoilt by the erection of modern concrete buildings found in so many UK cities today. Aberdeenshire granite has been shipped all over the world so it is not surprising that so many buildings, including domestic properties, are built from this local stone.|
It is also home to the oldest existing transport company in the UK - The Shore Porters' Society, founded in 1498! You can learn about their fascinating history from the Shore Porters' Society website.
Beyond the boundaries of the city, the county of Aberdeenshire and neighbouring Moray have much to offer the tourist.
Here you will find attractive coastal fishing villages, famous whisky distilleries, majestic castles, and some of the finest salmon fishing rivers in the world.|
There are so many castles to see that a Castle Trail has been set up to help visitors find their way around.
This only covers a few selected castles which are open to the public. Whilst others are in ruins, there are many which are still lived in!
Slains Castle, now in ruins, north of Cruden Bay, was once a very imposing home, although no where as old as its appearance suggests.
When the owners fell on hard times, they removed the roof to enable them to stop payment of "rates" and the building quickly fell into disrepair.
There is talk of it being renovated to provide holiday accommodation.
Ask people who have never been to Aberdeenshire how they imagine it to be and they will often tell you they expect it to be cold, bleak, and damp. They could not be further from the truth.
Here you will find some of the brightest skies... most uncrowded sandiest beaches...most pleasant rolling countryside... relaxing farm holidays... best walks... and most natural unspoilt natural landscapes anywhere in the UK....