Major industries in the region are Energy, Fishing, Agriculture, Tourism and Whisky distilling.
The present council area is named after the historic county of Aberdeenshire, which has different boundaries. It was replaced by Grampian Regional council and five district councils: Banff, Buchan, Gordon, Kincardine and Deeside, Moray and the City of Aberdeen. Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Westhill and Stonehaven are five of the biggest settlements.
Aberdeenshire has several castles : Corgarff Castle, Crathes Castle, Drum Castle, Dunnottar Castle, Fetteresso Castle, Huntly Castle, Kildrummy Castle, Muchalls Castle, Slains Castles and Balmoral Castle, Scottish highland residence of the Royal Family.
Aberdeenshire was named the best place to live in Scotland four out of seven years in an annual survey conducted by the Bank of Scotland.
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