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Kincardineshire - The Many Unknown Attractions of Kincardineshire


Composed by four districts (the Grampian, the Dee-side, the valley or Howe of the Mearns, and the Coast-side), the former county of Kincardineshire rests upon the eastern coats of Scotland and is bounded by the North Sea on its easternmost side. Since the year 1996, Kincardineshire is a part of Aberdeenshire from the Grampian region, a region to which it belongs since the year 1975. The land of Kincardineshire is graced by the pass of the many notorious rivers across its lands, among which are the Cowie Water, the Carron Water and many others that lead to the coast.

Along the lands of Kincardineshire, many known castles are also spread out, among of which is the Dunottar Castle, located south of Stonehaven. Kincardineshire is also divided by the river Dee and, even though considered small in size, it hosts many different natural locations, like rivers, forests and even small lakes.

Short History

Quite impressively, the origins of Kincardineshire lie way back in time, almost as back as the year 2000 B.C. Besides archeological remains, this is further evidenced by the surprisingly abundant amount of rings of stones found, which imply the existence of prehistoric circles and other landmarks within the area at the time.

However, Kincardineshire was not always as described above. At one point in time (more specifically around the year 1264 AD), Kincardineshire was a small town named Kincardine, which contained the thanedoms of Cowie and Durris, each of which in turn belonged to the English Crown at the time.

However something curious happened to the town of Kincardine at the time: It completely ceased to exist for a period of approximately six hundred years. This happened during the Middle Age, and the disappearance of the town was so final at the moment that the only remaining traces of its existence in those lands is the gorgeous Kincardine castle.

Later on, in the 18th century, Kincardineshire was a pivotal part of the agricultural revolution that swept the country at the time of the Scottish Enlightenment. After that, around the year 1975, Kincardineshire, which was still a county at the time, was dissolved as such and was added to the Grampian region as mentioned above. The council area of Aberdeenshire later absorbed this region in 1996.

Nowadays, even if not among the main attractions of Scotland, Kincardineshire has expanded and reached a state of comfort that is hard to deny. This is due mainly to the industrial activities and the tourism that graces the area.

About the tourist activity in the area, there are two clear sources of it. On one hand there is the attraction generated by the large amount of ruins and castles that populate the area. Among them, the most notable ones are the Allardice, the Dunottar and the Fetteresso castles, which are clearly the most beautiful.

The second source of tourist activity however, is somewhat unknown to foreign visitors. It is the existence of a small group of villages along the coastline of Kincardineshire, which are very well known among the Scottish and some European people as fishing sites.