Discover Aberdeenshire's Castle Country


The Park has a rich cultural landscape with a sense of wildness and space at its heart. Different areas have their own distinct identity and cultural traditions.
It inspires passion both in those who live here and those who visit it.

The archaeological record and Gaelic place names illuminate the history of the relationship between people and place in the Cairngorms. Place names give an insight into the culture, history and environment of the Park, which have all influenced the Gaelic names used for mountains, woodlands, lochs, rivers and settlements.

There are traces of people who were here 7,000 years ago, and amazingly, you can still see the remains from prehistoric, Celtic and Pictish times.