- Aberdeenshire is a council area of Scotland and makes up 8% of Scotland, covering 2,437 sq. miles (6313 kms). Aberdeen City falls within the Aberdeenshire borders. It has a population of approximately 275,000, and over 300 Castles!
A friendly welcome awaits visitors who will see that there is much to discover across the region – from beautiful beaches and stunning countryside to majestic gardens and numerous distilleries. Additionally, Aberdeenshire has more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK.
This area saw much fighting between the Scottish clans, and during the Scottish Wars of Independence in the late 13th and early 14 centuries, the English king Edward 1st came to the area. In 1307 King Robert the Bruce was victorious at the battle of Harlaw near Inverurie. The area saw relative peace until the Jacobite Uprisings in 1715 and 1745. Nowadays the area concentrates on whisky production, tourism, fishing, farming and oil and gas exploration.