Collected by Ailsa Ross
Hiking and puffin spotting, al fresco dining and roaming the region's clifftop castles - unearth Aberdeen's alternative side.
Peterhead AB42 0NS, UK
Anywhere else in the world, and the glorious sea cliffs at Bullers of Buchan would be surrounded by honking tour buses and touts hawking piles of plastic puffin merchandise. Instead, you'll likely have this craggy stretch of coast to yourself....
Bennachie, Inverurie AB51 5HX, UK
Bennachie may not be tall (at 528 meters, it doesn't even qualify as a mountain), but surrounded by Aberdeenshire's flatlands its iconic Mither Tap peak can be seen for miles. From the top, past fields of gold and green, the hard blue line of the...
Stonehaven AB39 2TL, UK
Dunnottar Castle is a dramatic and evocative ruined cliff-top fortress in a truly stunning setting. And just a half hour's drive from Aberdeen, Europe's oil-capital. William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots graced the Castle with their presence....
Union St, Aberdeen AB10, UK
In my year of living in Scotland, Scots had always told me to not go to Aberdeen. "There's nothing there. It's ugly. It's boring. It's dead depressing", they would say. But in my current trip to Scotland, I would have to say I really enjoy the...
49-53 Queen's Rd, Aberdeen AB15 4YP, UK
I stayed at the Malmaison in Aberdeen, Scotland this past week - The accomodations are absolutely first class, great rooms, badrooms and beds. But the best of all was its food. Please try the Mussel Soup and the Salmon Salad. I have never tasted...
Stonehaven AB39 2TL, UK
On a cold, rainy morning in Sept, 2010 I hiked the 3km from Stonehaven to Dunnottar Castle. Public transport is available, but you are cheating yourself by not walking. The path to Dunnottar cuts through fields and is well-maintained. As you get...
Mains of Slains Cottage, Collieston, Ellon AB41 8ST, UK
A little history first, this castle was built in 1597 on the cliffs over looking the Bay of Cruden and Port Erroll. Bram Stoker lived there for several years off and on. The story goes that Dracula was based on this location, not because of the...
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