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Siorrachd Obar Dheathain
Aberdeenshire within Scotland
Aberdeenshire within Scotland
Coordinates: 57°9′3.6″N 2°7′22.8″W / 57.151000°N 2.123000°W / 57.151000; -2.123000Coordinates: 57°9′3.6″N 2°7′22.8″W / 57.151000°N 2.123000°W / 57.151000; -2.123000
Admin HQ Aberdeen
 • Body Aberdeenshire Council
 • Control Con + LD + Ind (council NOC)
 • MPs
 • MSPs
 • Total 2,437 sq mi (6,313 km2)
Area rank Ranked 4th
Population (mid-2016 est.)
 • Total 262,200
 • Rank Ranked 6th
 • Density 110/sq mi (41/km2)
ONS code S12000034
ISO 3166 code GB-ABD
Website www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk

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]


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.