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Full-flavoured, hearty and comforting, the original Cullen Skink packs a powerful punch. Aberdeen Angus beef is much-prized. Dean’s rich traditional shortbread is made here in Huntly. And Ellon, just north of Aberdeen, is home to craft beer revolutionaries Brewdog.
It’s no coincidence that Aberdeenshire has produced these world-class favourites: this region is known for its produce. It’s known for the quality and scale of its arable land and rich pastures. It’s known for the seafood – including the silver darlings, the lovely name for herring in these parts – that’s landed every day along these shores (Peterhead is Europe’s largest white fish seaport, Fraserburgh the biggest for shellfish, and there are fishing harbours and markets all round these 165 miles of coast).
Then there’s the well-stocked rivers – some of the best in the world for salmon and trout. The wealth of venison and game from the great estates. The clean clear springs and moorland peat that help to produce the perfect dram.
For the visitor there’s 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 sea food, from fine dining at the harbour mouth to fish and chips on a prom (your pudding – homemade ice cream from the shop just up the street). Contemporary and creative menus, slow food and local produce – in quirky city cafes, coastal pubs and country houses.
You could be forgiven for thinking there’s alchemy at work here – where generous nature and Aberdonian ingenuity combine.