Aberdeenshire this winter
While it may be chilly during the winter months, this is a fantastic time to visit Aberdeenshire and experience all it has to offer. From snow-capped mountains to charming towns and villages, there is no shortage of things to see and do in this picturesque part of Scotland. Whether you are a lover of the outdoors, a foodie, or a history buff, Aberdeenshire has something for everyone. So, pack your winter woollies, hat, and gloves and get exploring!
Here are some of the local upcoming events and things to try out this season:-
Date: Monday 22nd January to Sunday 4th February
Aberdeen Restaurant Week (ARW) will return to the city with over 70 restaurants and cafes participating.
If you want to delve into delicious dishes at delightful prices (from £10 to £30) including a Tasting Menu, a Burns Supper, and even a cooking class! Best to book in advance, quoting “Aberdeen Restaurant Week” to avoid disappointment!
Date: Thursday 8th February – Sunday 11th February
Scotland’s Festival of Light marks its 10th anniversary to illuminate Aberdeen with eye-catching projections, interactive sculptures, and magical installations.
Some of Aberdeen’s most iconic buildings and locations will be transformed as part of the spectacular festival programme, including a return to Union Terrace Gardens, Marischal College, and Aberdeen Art Gallery, encouraging audiences of all ages to explore the city and delight in seeing it in a new light.
There's nothing quite like the experience of watching a live music performance - it truly is out of this world! From the dazzling light shows to the incredible acoustics, every aspect of the venue has been designed to provide the ultimate concert experience.
Thank You for the Music – The Ultimate Tribute to ABBA - Friday 23rd February
Fast Love – A Tribute to George Michael - Friday 14th March
Experience an enchanting evening as the curtains rise and the stage comes to life, transporting you to a world of captivating storytelling and spellbinding performances.
Life of Pi - Tuesday 30th January – Saturday 3rd February
The Full Monty - Tuesday 19th March – Saturday 23rd March
Dog lovers of all ages will be in canine heaven with a visit to Huskyhaven.
The ultimate husky experience - your chance to drive your very own dog team on some of the best trails around. Or take a guided tour of the kennels and learn all about training of the Siberian Husky team.
Open daily from 10am – 3.30pm
Scotland's own "Alcatraz" is a short drive up the coast to step back in time to the former Victorian HM Convict Prison which run from 1888-2013. It was also the filming set for the recent Channel 4 production The Screw.
Some great (dog) walking, cycling or running trails on your doorstep.
If you are looking for something more challenging like a Munro or Corbett then check out VisitAberdeenshire’s hiking section for more inspiration.
Heritage and Culture
If you'd rather stay indoors, there are plenty of museums, galleries and castles to explore. The Aberdeen Art Gallery is home to an impressive collection of art and artifacts, while the Gordon Highlanders Museum tells the story of farmers and fishermen, ghillies and labourers, aristocrats and university students. Ordinary men with an extraordinary sense of duty.