Inverurie in Aberdeenshire, North East Scotland, has loads of different activities and attractions on offer so everyone should be able to find something to do in this exciting town. Walking enthusiasts can head over to the hill range Bennachie, which is just 10 miles away, and try climbing one of the ascents there. There are lots of shopping opportunities as well and you can pick up everything from souvenirs for friends and family to delicious food and drink.
History enthusiasts can check out Easter Aquhorthies, a Bronze Age stone circle just six miles from the town centre or you could take a guided tour around the beautifully elaborate 16th century Castle Fraser, which is still in very good condition. To learn more about Inverurie's history in general you should go to Carnegie Inverurie Museum
Inverurie is one of the best places to stay if you're planning on going walking in the Bennachie hill range thanks to the town's close proximity. There are walking trails that you can take to easily traverse the hills, but you should still always take a map and a compass on your walk so that you can navigate your way. You'll also want to pack food and water, especially if you're planning on staying out for a while.
A popular trail is the one to Mither Tap, which is Bennachie's most prominent peak. The trail begins at the Bennachie Visitor Centre and takes around three hours to complete. It's quite steep in places and can be quite difficult to climb so you need to make sure that you wear appropriate footwear.
Another of the trails that you can take is the Gordon Way, which is way marked and easy to follow. However, the route is very long and can take up to five hour to complete one way. You don't have to finish the walk all in one go though, so even if you don't feel up to quite such a long walk you can still take this trail.
If walking isn't really your cup of tea there are other outdoor activities that you can take part in, such as mountain biking, horse riding and golfing. Inverurie Golf Club, which is an 18 hole course, is situated a walkable one mile from the town centre and is great for all levels of experience. Visitor green fees are very reasonable and after your game you can relax in the clubhouse and order food and drinks from the menu.
Inverurie's heritage goes all the way back to the 16th century and you can learn all about it when you visit. There are lots of historical attractions for you to choose from so you should always be able to find something enjoyable to do on your holiday.
The oldest heritage site in Inverurie is the Easter Aquhorthies stone circle. You can reach the site by car on the A96 from the town and you can visit at any time throughout the year for free. Inverurie town council hold regular heritage fairs to celebrate Inverurie's wonderful past and you can usually catch one once or twice a month.
Carnegie Inverurie Museum makes for an interesting day out, and you can discover Inverurie's past in more detail. The museum has exhibits on all kinds of things, such as archaeological finds from the area, weaponry, travel used in Aberdeenshire over the years and information on Inverurie's beginnings.
One of the most visited attractions in Inverurie is Fraser Castle, just eight miles from the town. The castle is built in a Z shape and is considered to be the most intricate in the whole of Scotland. Children and adults alike will love a trip to this attraction - the castle itself is a beautiful sight with all of its turrets and towers, but there are also lots of things to see and do inside the castle as well. It's full of period furniture, artworks and other items, and you can climb to the top of the round tower to admire the stunning views. A walk in one of the walled gardens is a must too, as is a trip to the castle gift shop and cafe.
There are regular farmers markets held in Inverurie, usually once a month, where you can buy all sorts of delicious foods. You can get lots of different varieties of meats on these markets, most organically reared and incredibly fresh. You can also buy household products, such as handmade soaps from the markets.
The High Street in Inverurie is the main shopping area in the town centre, and it's conveniently located near the train station and bus stops so no matter where you're staying around Inverurie you should be able to go shopping easily. There are also some supermarkets within Inverurie that you can buy food and snacks from while you're on holiday, and it's within walking distance of the High Street.
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