Aberdeenshire is one of the 32 unitary council areas in Scotland and a lieutenancy area. Aberdeenshire Council is headquartered at Woodhill House, in Aberdeen.
Aberdeenshire has a rich prehistoric and historic heritage. It is the locus of a large number of Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeological sites, including Longman Hill, Kempstone Hill, Catto Long Barrow and Cairn Lee.
The rivers abound with salmon and trout, and the pearl mussel occurs in the Ythan and Don. A valuable pearl in the Scottish crown is said to be from the Ythan. The mountains provide the most striking of the physical features of the county. Ben Macdhui, 1,309 m, the second highest mountain in the United Kingdom
Things to do
The Cairngorms National Park is truly spectacular and both Duthie Park and Hazelhead Park are well worth a visit. But throughout Aberdeenshire you can visit a wide range of award-winning parks and gardens.
Aberdeenshire is home to an inspiring range of animals, from the golden eagles spotted in the Cairngorms, to the iconic red deer stag standing atop the Lairig Ghru
For those who like their holiday to be adrenaline packed Mountain biking, hang-gliding, canoeing, off-road driving, rafting, shooting, stalking, diving and even tank driving, are just a few of the activities which can be sampled.