Lives in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Since Apr 2013
18-24 year old female
I have spent the last few months travelling through Cuba and Central America. I have recently written a few short TripAdviser guides which focus upon Havana and Antigua; two beautiful and exciting locations. I am also extremely passionate about South Africa and try to visit as often as possible. I love marathon running, yoga, healthy eating, eco friendly fashion and dreaming about my next trip. I am currently planning a trip to the West Coast of the United States.
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The Foodstory Cafe is a unique eatery in the centre of Aberdeen. The cafe sells healthy, organic, home made food that is locally sourced, affordable and tasty! The chic interior is also consciously constructed from repurposed wood and recycled materials.
Aberdeen is a thriving industrial city and its economic success is intrinsically connected to the North Sea and it's busy harbour. Although the Aberdeen Maritime Museum is fascinating and extremely informative, I would recommend visiting the harbour itself for a more authentic taste of Aberdeen's maritime industries.
Footdee is an old fishing village at the easternmost point of the harbour, and a great area to explore for a taste of authentic Aberdeen. A quiet place that is only a short walk away from the bustling city centre, visiting Footdee is almost like stepping back in time as the area is largely unchanged and retains much of it's quaint, original charm. Admire the sea view and the picturesque fishing cottages.
Peacock Visual Arts is a contemporary art gallery whose extremely varied exhibitions have the common goal of bringing together leading contemporary Scottish artists and the public. This small gallery is certainly off the tourist trail, and hosts a variety of fascinating events such as film screenings, talks, workshops, residencies, and of course, exhibitions. The Peacock Visual Arts is a creative hub in Aberdeen and is a must visit for those wishing to experience the Granite City's creative side.
Although Moon Fish Cafe is extremely popular (and therefore busy) with locals and visitors alike, it remains a must-visit restaurant for good reason. Head here for a decadent lunch or dinner at least once during your visit; the restaurant serves up delicious and innovative dishes that are created using locally sourced, seasonal products.
Scotland is famous for it's whisky - gain a better understanding of the fascinating distilling process and sample an array of whiskies by visiting a distillery. Escape the city by travelling to the Fettercairn Distillery which is located in the picturesque foothills of the Grampian Mountains, and enjoy the magnificent setting as you learn more from the incredibly helpful staff.
Get off-the-beaten-track by travelling to the rugged cliffs that line the North Sea. Slains Castle is a dramatic ruin perched on the cliffs, just a short walk away from Cruden Bay. These ruins are particularly fascinating, as, having been reconstructed several times throughout its history, the castle is a culmination of many different architectural styles and masonry techniques. However, arguably the most spectacular thing about Slains Castle is its imposing outline against the North Sea, as well as the fact that visitors are free to roam around its rough and unkept ruins.
Take a walk along the cliff tops and enjoy some bird and seal watching. The views are spectacular and the geological features are extremely impressive. Bullers of Buchan is a large blow hole formed by the sheer force of the sea, and is also surrounded by several arches.
Stonehaven is a short drive from Aberdeen, and is the perfect place to get off-the-beaten-track. Visitors will hugely enjoy a dip in Stonehaven's traditional Open Air Swimming Pool; the heated Olympic-sized pool is a great place to visit with children, for a workout or to see a different side of Scotland. The pool has a retro charm and even on cooler days the water is warm and inviting.
Travel to Stonehaven to experience the beautiful scenery of the surrounding area, and then rest and refuel with a truly unique ice cream experience. Aunty Bettys' is a kitsch ice cream parlour situated on the Stonehaven promenade, and serves up sundaes decorated in a fun and extravagant manner, that both children and adults will enjoy. It also offers delicious hot drinks, as well as traditional cakes and treats, meaning there's something for everyone!
Linn O' Dee is a beautiful example of the spectacular highland landscape that surrounds Aberdeen. Enjoy the peace and tranquility as you admire this fantastic geological feature. The River Dee has carved a 300m long gorge through solid rock, dropping into pools below. Pack a picnic and relax by the water's edge.
The Cairngorms are the largest mountain range in the UK, and the area is home to a vast array of forests, rivers, and mountain peaks. I would advise any outdoor enthusiasts visiting Aberdeen to visit the neighbouring Cairngorms National Park in order to make the most of the beautiful Scottish countryside.