Scottish Saltire - St. Andrew's Cross Scotland from the Roadside... a journey round Scotland!

Northern Scotland
South Aberdeenshire
Dunnottar Castle
Mid Aberdeenshire
Huntly Castle
North Aberdeenshire
Banff & Macduff



Dunnottar Castle
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Aberdeenshire is located in the northeast of Scotland, between the Grampian Mountains, in the west, and the North Sea, to the east and north. The city of Aberdeen sits in the east of the area, between the mouths of the Rivers Dee, to the south, and Don, north. These rivers are the 5th and 6th longest in Scotland; both originate in the Cairngorms and flow east to the city where they then enter the North Sea.

Access in to south Aberdeenshire is via three contrasting routes. The first and quickest of these follows the main Dundee to Aberdeen road through Angus and in to Aberdeenshire at the point the road crosses the North Esk near North Water Bridge with the old bridge that the village is named after to the east of the main road; this road then continues through Laurencekirk to Stonehaven. The second route follows the Angus coast and also enters Aberdeenshire as it crosses the North Esk, this time passing over the Lower North Water Bridge from where it heads through Inverbervie before joining the main road at Stonehaven; this road then continues up the coast to Aberdeen.

The third route is by far the most scenic as the road enters Aberdeenshire from Perthshire through the Cairngorms via the Cairnwell Pass, the highest main road pass in Britain. This road then follows the course of the River Dee, heading through Royal Deeside though Braemar, Ballater, Aboyne and Banchory then on to Aberdeen.

The main access to north and mid Aberdeenshire is from Elgin in Moray, with two separate routes to choose from. The first of these sticks close to the North Sea coast, passing through Banff & Macduff, Fraserburgh and Peterhead; this route approaches Aberdeen from the north. The second heads southeast, following an inland route through Huntly, Inverurie and Kintore then in to Aberdeen.

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