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Aberdeenshire (Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain) is the name of both a county and of one of the 32 unitary council areas in Scotland. The two are not the same area.

County[change | change source]

County of Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire stretches from the east coast of Scotland up into the mountains. It is between Kincardineshire and Angus (south) and Banffshire (west). Aberdeen is the county town.

Aberdeenshire is mainly countryside and mountain, except in Aberdeen. Aberdeen is one of Britain's richest towns because it serves the North Sea oil rigs.

Fraserburgh is a large fishing port.

Council area[change | change source]

Siorrachd Obar Dheathain
Location of Aberdeenshire
Area Ranked 4th
 - Total 6,313 km²
 - % Water  ?
Admin HQ Aberdeen
ISO 3166-2 GB-ABD
ONS code 00QB
Population Ranked 6th
 - Total (2006) 236,300
 - Density 37 / km²
Aberdeenshire Council
Control Liberal Democrat/Conservative

The Aberdeenshire council area takes in the historic counties of Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire and half of Banffshire. It does not include Aberdeen City though, which is a Council Area in its own right. However, Aberdeenshire Council does have its headquarters at Woodhill House, in Aberdeen; the only Scottish council whose headquarters are based outside its area's border.

Aberdeenshire borders Angus and Perth and Kinross to the south, and Highland and Moray to the west.