Aberdeenshire’s attractions have been included in one of the top ten regions in the world for travellers to visit in 2019 by travel publication Lonely Planet. In a list published on October 23, Aberdeenshire is included within the Scotland’s Highlands and islands which placed fifth, thanks in part to the growing popularity of visitors seeking authentic whisky experiences and the region’s innovative and fast-developing accommodation sector.
The guide encourages readers to explore the Aberdeenshire region by completing the North East 250 and the Snow Roads touring routes. The North East 250 route, which includes the Cairngorms National Park, Royal Deeside and the Banffshire Coast allows visitors to experience Scotland’s iconic landscape, taking visitors off the beaten track to picture perfect locations like the seaside towns of Pennan and Crovie. While the Snow Roads route provides visitors with the chance to pass two of the highest roads in the UK set against the beautiful backdrop of the Cairngorms National Park.
Chris Foy, chief executive of VisitAberdeenshire says, “Our compact North-east corner of Scotland allows visitors to easily explore the region. They could be skiing in the morning in the Cairngorms National Park, followed by spending the afternoon enjoying our breath-taking coast and countryside before rounding off the day in the vibrant Aberdeen city centre.”
Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s editorial director, says, “The wild landscapes of Scotland’s Highlands and islands offer the ultimate escape and visiting the region’s remote areas is now easier than ever thanks to impressive developments in accommodation. This is a stunning area with so much to offer travellers, from its glorious natural landscape and rich history to enviable local food and drink.”
VisitAberdeenshire is the lead tourism agency for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. It promotes fantastic visitor experiences in North-east Scotland to targeted audiences in the UK and overseas. VisitAberdeenshire also works to develop the visitor economy through initiatives that help tourism businesses to understand and meet demand from an ever-changing market to strengthen the region’s position as a world-class tourism destination. It supports bids for major business events and works with partners across the region to deliver a great delegate welcome. VisitAberdeenshire is funded by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Opportunity North East and Scottish Enterprise.