Discover Aberdeenshire with Ardgrain

Ardgrain is a locally run website from the heart of Aberdeenshire in Scotland, offering a wealth of local information including Grampian webcams, North-East pictures, historic Scotland information and much more.


Forum Update

Our new Aberdeenshire Forum is now live! See the results at

Other exciting features include uploading your own local photographs and creating your own Aberdeenshire galleries. Why not register today to see how the new site works.  Suggestions, comments and improvement ideas welcome.

We are also on the lookout for budding authors to contribute local articles to the Aberdeenshire Guide - contact us for more info.

Icebreakers Enjoy Ardgrain

Balder Viking

The latest visitors to sign the ever-growing Ardgrain Guestbook include the Balder Viking Icebreaker, which sheltered in the bay at Gardenstown during the recent storms.

Over half a million visitors enjoy Ardgrain each year, so why not drop us a note to say hello - we love hearing from you.

Aberdeenshire Pictures

Image galleries of North-East Scotland

Stunning views of Grampian and Aberdeenshire, from medieval castles to picturesque mountains and highland glens.

Aberdeenshire Guide

Aberdeenshire Guesthouse

Information at your fingertips

  • Aberdeenshire shops and businesses
  • Local information and public notices
  • Classsified ads and more...

Explore the very best the North-East of Scotland has to offer with the Aberdeenshire Guide. From holiday cottages to kilt makers, our local business directory has it all.

Grampian Webcams and Weather

Check Scotland's weather with live reports from Gardenstown and Inverurie weather stations, and see more of Aberdeenshire's stunning countryside with our award winning Gardenstown, New Deer, Inverurie, Stonehaven and Ellon Webcams.

Gardenstown Webcam

Discover Ardgrain

Take a tour through Ardgrain, the 17th Century 'Grade A' house on the outskirts of Ellon

Ardgrain has been described as one of the crispest, sparest and most truly Scots houses in the North-East.

Built by the Kennedy family of Ellon Castle, Ardgrain is thought to be the oldest building of its kind in this part of Scotland.


Share Your Views

Aberdeenshire Views

Ardgrain is now offering free webcam hosting facilities for interesting views within Aberdeenshire. It is easy to set up, simple to maintain and totally secure.

Show Aberdeenshire and the North East of Scotland to the world, and what could be better than the view from your very own garden.



Ardgrain Guestbook

Aberdeenshire Guestbook

Latest comments from all over the world. We'd love to hear from you - please contact us to sign the guestbook.

In Stonehaven down by the coast at the north end there used to be a Hotel that did excellent several course dinners. I think the structure was constructed of timber. My son and I stayed overnight in 1979. I went through about 10 years ago but could not find it.


We are looking forward to returning Hame in 2010 after 8 years living & working in Adelaide South Australia. We have missed are families so much and as they say home is where the heart is. Christmases here are not like hame, It doesn't matter how hard you try,It's never the same can't wait to to be frozen again and have a white xmas with our family together. Merry Xmas to all from Australia for the mean time.

Tanya & Family
Adelaide, Australia

I was born in Ellon in 1942. My grandparents lived in what was then known as West Lodge, Ellon Castle, my grandfather was gamekeeper for Sir Edward and Lady Reid. Looking at the photographs bring back many happy memories. I now live in Texas USA and Ellon is always on my list of places to visit.
Congratulations on a great website.

Texas USA

My great grandfather was james garden born 1855,his father was john and mother was margaret mcwilliams,he left aberdeen aprox 1877 and married in seaham harbour,durham.he andhis wife margaret,had florence,william, robert my grandfather,he and his wife agnes had 11 children now all deceased. James settled in "fence houses" a village near houghton le spring where he was gardener handyman at "morton house estate" for many years, I have tried to find photos of james and family without success.

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