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Home of the Castle Trail and the Whisky Trail.
The Castle Trail and the Whisky Trail are what the North East is best known for and there are castles galore, including Castle Fraser on Donside, and Fyvie Castle south of Turriff . Along the Moray Firth are fishing villages and sandy beaches. Dolphins swim in the Moray Firth and you can take a boat trip to see them. The villages include Pennan, Portsoy, Banff and Macduff. In Banff the sandy beach is ideal for building sand-castles and if you head east to Fraserburgh you can visit Scotland's Lighthouse Museum and enjoy lunch while watching the North Sea waves crashing on to the rocks.
Or head inland and visit the villages of Fochabers (home of Baxters, the well-known maker of soups and other Scottish produce), or Craigellachie, with Scotland’s only cooperage, where they make barrels to store whisky, and a Thomas Telford bridge, or Fordyce, near Portsoy, where you can browse in the visitor centre which demonstrates the craft of the traditional joiner (carpenter).
Don't miss out Huntly - with the rugged ruins of Huntly Castle and an excellent specialist whisky shop, as well as Dean's Visitor Centre where you can watch shortbread being made and enjoy the product! Huntly Castle Caravan Park is right by the Castle.
Aberdeen is the main city for the North East, with a extensive beach, as well as a Maritime Museum, Duthie Park and an Art Gallery and Museum. Royal Deeside is the glen which runs west along the River Dee. Visit Crathes Castle and Gardens (NTS) at Banchory, Ballater, with its Victorian railway station. At the head of the glen, visit Braemar Castle. You could stay in Hillhead Caravan Park by Inverurie - in the centre of Aberdeenshire, so easy to get to lots of places.