When people think of wildlife watching they do not usually think of doing so within a city, much less marine wildlife watching. However, Aberdeen regularly rewards dolphin watchers with remarkable views of the resident pod of bottlenose dolphins from the shore. Head to Torry Battery and simply watch and wait, perhaps with an ice cream on a hot day, or local fish and chips if it is not so warm! You may not always be guaranteed dolphins, but when you do see them the experience is memorable with the salmon they hunt often leaping out of the water to evade capture and the dolphins following!
The Burn O’Vat is a fascinating natural feature, but it is also a part of the legend of Rob Roy MacGregor. This is essentially a giant hole, carved out by the actions of melt-water and rocks when the ice sheets melted. Accessed by walking through an almost-hidden natural passageway it is not hard to see why myth has connected Rob Roy to this place — especially since historical documents can prove it to be the hideout of a cattle thief in the 17th century, who was also called MacGregor. There is a nearby visitor centre, open from Easter to October.
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Visitors to Scotland are often surprised to learn just how many ancient standing stones and circles cover the country. Some, like the Ring o’Brodgar are internationally famous while others, like those in Aberdeenshire, are less well known. Incredibly, there are around 100 such sites in the county, including those at Kirkton of Bourtie, Easter Aquhorthies, and Tomnaverie. These sites are thought to date from the Bronze Age and were most likely erected at a similar time to Stonehenge.
Aberdeenshire is dotted with many castles, some still lived in, others severely ruined. Compared to some, New Slains Castle is a relatively modern building, originally constructed around the end of the 16th century and rebuilt between 1836 and 1837. In 1895 Bram Stoker visited the area and two years later published his most famous work, Dracula. The castle is thought to be the inspiration for the vampire’s own home. Today it is ruined, eerie, and roofless, perched on a cliffside overlooking the North Sea.