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    Duff House     Banff

    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. Story-tellers, musicians and artists are at home here and Duff House organises a regular artistic programme of exhibitions, music and lectures.

    With extensive grounds and woodland walks by the river Deveron you will find a day is not enough.

    Museum of Scottish Lighthouses     Fraserburgh

    The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, consists of the first lighthouse built on mainland Scotland and a purpose-built museum. The highlight of a visit is a 45 minute guided tour to Kinnaird Head lighthouse. We are open all year. The museum building contains several galleries containing a fabulous nationally Recognised collection of glass lenses, lighting technology and social history artefacts covering the lives of the men and families who guarded Scotland's coastline for over two hundred years. There are audio-visual displays and interactive exhibits that will engage you both in science and history. After your visit to the lighthouse, relax in our cafe and shop and watch the view of the Moray Firth.

    Salmon Bothy     Portsoy

    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.

    Today the Salmon Bothy is a museum housing information on the fascinating history of Portsoy and the surrounding area and on the salmon fishing industry, as well as a a centre for genealogical research and an arts venue.

    Fraserburgh Heritage Centre    

    The building was originally a herring barrel store, then the foundry of the Consolidated Pneumatic Tool Company Ltd., before being converted in 1998 to a (650m2 ) modern visitor centre which illustrates the history of Fraserburgh and its people.

    The Heritage Centre building is leased by Fraserburgh Heritage Society and the Centre is run by volunteers from the Society. Enjoy your time here in this Award-winning Museum created by the local community.

    The Royal Deeside Railway     near Banchory

    The Royal Deeside Railway operates regular services from April to September. This year will see more Bon Accord steam days following the successful commissioning of this wonderful old (1897) Andrew Barclay locomotive after its full restoration. A particularly interesting weekend is always the annual Crathes Steam and Vintage Rally in August when numerous steam engines, road rollers, tractors, etc are on fully operating display.

    The railway has its own shop and buffet car, with location details and full timetable being available on our website.

    Huntly Castle     Huntly

    Be amazed by the splendid architecture on this Baronial residence. Fine heraldic sculpture and inscribed stone friezes and fireplaces remain on this ruin.

    Robert the Bruce sought shelter on this spot in the 14th century and today there is plenty to explore. Situated on the banks of the River Deveron on the outskirts of Huntly it makes a pleasant place to soak up the historic atmosphere.

    Tolquhon Castle     near Pitmedden, near Ellon

    Tolquhon is one of the most picturesque of the Grampian castles. The Preston Tower was built in the 15th Century and castle was later extended to form a large quadrangular mansion by William Forbes

    Situated close to Pitmedden House, the two attractions can be combined to make a pleasant day out

    Photo: John Dalling, reproduced under CCSA

    Dunnottar Castle     near Stonehaven

    Visit Dunnottar Castle for an unforgettable experience. A dramatic and evocative ruined cliff top fortress in a truly stunning setting.

    Delve into an intriguing piece of Scotland's rich heritage with a visit to Dunnottar Castle. Open daily 10 am to sunset (or 5pm whichever is earlier). Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Jan 1 and 2nd. Walk along the coast path from Stonehaven or visit from the nearby Castle car park.

    Go Ape!     Crathes, Deeside

    The UK's No.1 Tree Top Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They're part of an ardrenalin filled course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set up to 120 feet above the forest floor. Go Ape offers up to three hours of tree top fun. It's a great way to get outdoors and have an adventure. We take one lush, green forest and a healthy dollop of breathtaking scenery; blend with a smattering of tree-top high wires, tricky crossings (using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels, rope and super-strong cable) and wind-in-your-face zip wires; and finish off with a liberal dose of people in search of their inner ape.



    Huntly Castle HuntlyCastle

    Be amazed by the splendid architecture on this Baronial residence. Fine heraldic sculpture and inscribed stone friezes and fireplaces remain on this ruin.

    Robert the Bruce sought shelter on this spot in the 14th century and today there is plenty to explore. Situated on the banks of the River Deveron on the outskirts of Huntly it makes a pleasant place to soak up the historic atmosphere.

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    Tolquhon is one of the most picturesque of the Grampian castles. The Preston Tower was built in the 15th Century and castle was later extended to form a large quadrangular mansion by William Forbes

    Situated close to Pitmedden House, the two attractions can be combined to make a pleasant day out

    Photo: John Dalling, reproduced under CCSA

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    Go Ape! GoApe!

    The UK's No.1 Tree Top Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They're part of an ardrenalin filled course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set up to 120 feet above the forest floor. Go Ape offers up to three hours of tree top fun. It's a great way to get outdoors and have an adventure. We take one lush, green forest and a healthy dollop of breathtaking scenery; blend with a smattering of tree.top high wires, tricky crossings (using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels, rope and super.strong cable) and wind.in.your.face zip wires; and finish off with a liberal dose of people in search of their inner ape.

    Visit Go Ape! website

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