Rampant Scotland Directory!

Tourism - North-East/Grampian

The sites included on this page relate to North-East corner including Aberdeenshire, Buchan and the Grampian mountains.

There are other separate pages for sites covering all of the Highlands and the following regions:

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Aberdeen and Grampian Tourist Board

This is a guide to the region, what's on, activities, attractions and a database Accommodation Search. It also has section on:

Aberdeenshire Council

A comprehensive site on all aspects of the county including maps, bus timetables, schools, census details, recreation, museums, art galleries, archaeology and photo gallery.

Welcome to Royal Deeside

Lots of information about the history, royal connections, events and things to do with attractive illustrations. Balmoral Castle and Crathie are featured of course as well as Ballater (with a full A to Z of businesses, accommodation and tourist features). Other pages cover Aboyne and Braemar and Banchory There are Sporting Activities such as fishing and Ballater Shooting Ground is also featured but more unusual activities in the area include driving a JCB digger, a hovercraft and a battle tank!


Strathdon is the most westerly parish in the Gordon District in Aberdeenshire. The original name of this parish was Invernochty, so called from the original church being situated where the waters of the Nochty and the Don meet. The site has pictures of the area, including Corgarff Castle and background to the annual Lonach Gathering.

Upper Deeside - A Hillwalkers View

This site holds a collection of excellent photographs which Doug Tulloch has taken during visits to Deeside over the last 15 years. Anyone visiting this site would immediately be convinced that they should visit Upper Deeseide too. The area covered is basically all the drainage of the Dee upstream of Ballater, about 40 miles inland from Aberdeen and the nearest settlement to the royal estate of Balmoral. The photos are divided into pages on the Grampians, Cairngorms, Lochnagar and the 'White Mounth', Glen Doll, Glen Doll, Glen Clova and Glen Muick.

Howe of Mearns Community Web

These pages contain a Business Directory for the area and descriptions of tourist attractions such as Clatterin' Brig and the history of local towns and villages including:

Buchan Community Web

An active map leads to detailed descriptions of a number of towns and villages in the Buchan area, usually with a line drawing of a local feature. The towns and villages include:

Castles in the area include Clackriach and Fedderate and Aden Country Park is also featured. The history of Captain Fraser's White Horse an area cut into the hillside commemmorating the man who gave Captain Fraser his horse in the heat of battle. The Standing Stones at Strichen are described in detail, including:

Fraserburgh Community Web

Tourism, places of interest, history and business are all covered by this community Web site. Quite a number of castles are described but these have all been gathered together in the Rampant Scotland Index Castles of Scotland page.

Discover Gardenstown and Crovie

This area is also known as Gamrie, covering the country landscapes and the picturesque coastal villages of the area. The site provides information about Gamrie, its heritage, a picture gallery, what to do and a local business directory.

Cairngorms Partnership

This website contains detailed information about all aspects of life in the Cairngorms area and introduces the work of the Cairngorms Partnership. It offers you the chance to learn more about why this area is special and how it is managed, the environmental issues, the local economy, history and culture and the progress with the creation of a National Park in the area.

Cairngorm Park i

This is the independent and award winning information source for the Cairngorms National Park, giving you the complete picture with over 1600 listings of business, services and attractions from around the Cairngorms National Park. It covers every aspect of your visit - whether on the ground or as a virtual tourist - with loads of information and lots of illustrations of this attractive part of Scotland.

Glenmore Lodge - Outdoor Activity Centre

This is Scotland's National Outdoor Adventure Training Centre, located in the heart of Cairngorms National Park. You can learn, develop or qualify in an adventure sport of your choice. The goal of the centre is to inspire adventure by teaching beginners, coaching intermediate/advanced and delivering training and assessment courses for leaders and instructors.

Tomintoul and Glenlivet Highland Holidays

This is a guide to accommodation (self-catering holiday cottages, bed & breakfasts, hotels), outdoor activities and local services in the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Area of The Cairngorms National Park in Highland Scotland. The estate has farms, forests, rushing rivers, and high heather hills and Glenlivet and Strathavon are at the heart of Scotland's whisky country. The Things To Do section covers such aspects as hill-walking, skiing, fishing, golf, wildlife, castles and gardens.

Cairngorm Mountain

Not just a centre for skiing in the winter (the site covers that in detail with a layout of the slopes and a piste map) but is also a summer tourist attraction - especially now that the funicular railway is operational.


Providing a virtual tour in words and, especially, pictures this is an excellent survey of the area. The tour includes Highland Folk Park and Heather Centre at Dulnain Bridge as well as Clan Macpherson Museum. Old Newtonmore illustrates the area from ancient settlements to the present day. Further afield are Cairngorm Ski Area and Rothiemurchus Estate and Ruthven Barracks and General Wade's Road. Also included are sections on "what's on" and where to stay, eat-out and shop.

Rosehearty Community Web

A small town with a big site. Not only do they have a Coat of Arms but a nice touch are the photos of the town both old and new. Nearby Pitsligo Castle is featured as are Mounthooley Doocot and Peathill Kirk. The site also provides an accommodation list, a local newsletter and "what's on" in Rosehearty.


The site for this small Aberdeenshire coastal town has a list of tourist information, places to stay, news, local events and history. The site also has a section on the Cutty Sark sailing ship (as a result of the involvement of the town in the Cutty Sark "Tall Ships" Race.

Turriff and District

Covering sightseeing, activities, history, local news, accommodation, places to eat, places to shop, what's on and a photo gallery of Turriff in the early part of the last century.

Best of Banffshire

Banff and Macduff are two towns situated in the north east of Scotland on the Moray Firth and this site covers both of them in some detail with pages on places of interest, shops and services, leisure activities in the area and accommodation.

Aberdeenshire Council

Basic information about council services although there is a useful page on the Cairngorms National Park.

Archaeolink Prehistory Park, Aberdeenshire

Archaeolink is an award winning living history park and visitor attraction, with a central focus on education, participation and fun in the shadow of the dramatic Bennachie mountain range, near Insch and between Huntly and Inverurie. Learn with "living history" how people lived in the area 10,000 years ago and through the Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages to the time of the Romans.


The capital of Strathspey, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, was founded in 1765 by Sir James Grant. This Web site about the 18th century planned town has plenty to offer, including lots of illustrations, things to do, history and information on the Clan Grant Association.

Aviemore and the Cairngorms

An introduction to the area with pages covering things to do and see, outdoor activities, wildlife, accommodation, how to get there, culture and what's on.

Aviemore Home Page

Provides information on skiing, accommodation and visitor attractions in the area such as Glenmore Forest Park and Landmark Heritage Park as well asSpeyside Heather Centre and Strathspey Steam Railway.

Aviemore Walking Festival

Aviemore has always been associated with the great outdoors so it was natural that they should stage a Walking Festival. Held in the middle of May, local walks take in the valley of the river Spey between the Cairngorm and Monadhliath mountains. The programme covers short leisurely strolls through forests and along river and loch banks to more strenuous hill walks to the remaining snowfields at over 4,000 feet high. And there are exhibitions, talks, workshops, ceilidhs, barbecues - and Highland Hospitality!

Memories of Auld Aviemore

This web site is a celebration of Aviemore of yesteryear, with a collection of photos, stories and memories from around the world since the 1960's through to the 1980's. The original Aviemore Centre, the hotels and restaurants, indoor sports hall, ice rink and central piazza are all recorded in words and pictures. The site encourages anyone with stories, recollections or pictures to send them in to be added to the site as a tribute to "Auld Aviemore" (which has now been replaced by a modern development).

Inverdruie Mountain Bikes

Located near Aviemore, adjacent to Rothiemurchus Visitor Centre, Inverdruie Mountain Bikes is the longest established bike hirer in Aviemore, running since 1987. At the heart of the new Cairngorms National Park, this is one of the best places in Britain for off-road biking, with miles of varied trails and something to suit all abilities. Useful trail maps are provided on the site.

Highland Wildlife Park

Lying in the Spey Valley between the Cairngorms and the Monadhliath Mountains, the Highland Wildlife Park was opened in 1972 and presents the amazing variety of animals found in present day Scotland, and then those that roamed hundreds, even thousands of years ago. It is now part of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.


History, places to eat and whisky trail (Dufftown is home to Glenfiddich and Balvenie malts). The attractions of this Strathspey town include a Loch Park Activity Centre and the Speyside Way.

Regionlink North East

This site is mainly designed to promote businesses in the area but it also has:

  • Tourist and Leisure Guide with a good list of hotels and some restaurants in the area with a separate page for each location.
  • Food & Drink with details of lots of companies in the North-East supplying fish and seafood, game, whisky, dairy products, shortbread, condiments & preserves and confectionery.
  • Retail Outlets including arts and crafts, gifts, jewellery, clothing manufacturers, book shops.

Where else would you like to go in Scotland?

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