Food and Culture

Local Farmers Markets
Farmers markets provide the ideal opportunity to meet our local producers and purchase some of the wealth of local produce coming from our great estates and heathery moors. With more farmers markets in Aberdeenshire than in any other parts of Scotland you are almost guaranteed to catch one, so why not stock up before you head off on your travels. Each market will vary but you can bank on it being local and fresh produce.


Shopping

For the visitor there is every chance to taste the place: A traditional fisherman’s rowie or buttery – the local breakfast roll – flat flaky and rich. A succulent steak. The freshest seafood. Honey straight from our heather hills. You can buy your essentials from independent village shops throughout the land that are lovingly stocked with local produce. You’ll find shopping a unique experience because what’s on offer you won’t find anywhere else and if you plan to shop in Ballater or Braemar you will come across shops that supply to the Royal Family at Balmoral Castle.

Castles & Estates
History is writ large here. There are no fewer than 300 castles to explore near where you will pick up you motorhome, including cliff top Dunnottar now open to the elements, and Balmoral the Scottish home of the British Royal Family.

Restaurants
Our food is full flavoured, hearty and comforting. Scotland is known for its produce. It’s known for the quality and scale of it’s arable land and rich pastures. It’s known for the seafood. In quirky cafes, pubs and country houses you can enjoy slow food and local produce; there are contemporary and creative menus to suit all tastes. Do try the local favourites and let us know what you think!

Highland Games
The clans that gathered in Scotland centuries ago still gather today. Communities are strong. Scots language, poetry and indeed Scots music is very much alive. Most villages have their own Highland Games which are an experience not to be missed. Park up the motorhome and enjoy some true Highland hospitality.

Cafes & Coffee Shops
You are spoiled for choice with the countless castle tea rooms and local coffee houses boasting a wide range of home baking and locally sourced delicious produce. Do let us know your favourites as you travel about!

Distilleries and Whisky Trails
The clean clear springs and moorland peat of Scotland help to produce the perfect dram. Whisky is our national drink and we have over 100 working distilleries in Scotland. Many offer tours and tasting sessions so do take the time to visit and sample our ‘water of life’.