The port city of Aberdeen is historically known for is fisheries and shipping industries, but has so much more to offer. With beautiful lush greens and a vibrant cultural scene this Scottish treasure is surely a gem. From seafood to castles and everything in between, Aberdeen is the perfect and affordable place to spend the weekend, and get lost in its magical charm. Nestled between the mountains and the seas, this destination is sure to please even the most discerning traveler. Take a look at these top picks for your stay in and around the Granite City:
Take a Distillery Tour: Check out the GlenDronach located in Aberdeenshire (between Portsoy and Huntly). For over 200 years this beautiful location has been the home some of the best tasting whiskey on the planet. This lovely hillside location is the perfect way to spend the afternoon. Tour the facilities and savor the taste of each batch that is handcrafted according to age old traditions.
Balmedie Beach: Take a stroll down the promenade or along the water’s edge at this lovely beach. Follow the shores for miles until you find your perfect place to park. With plenty of cafes and shops nearby, there isn’t a better place to soak in some sunshine.
Sample the Local Flavors: Make a reservation somewhere special to enjoy a seafood specialty. From scallops to Scottish lobsters, the infusions of flavors will excite you. Prices and views will range, but the taste will deliver every single time.
Bamoral Castle and Gardens: As one of the official royal residences, the beautiful gardens are open daily from April until July. When the family is in residence, the grounds and exhibitions close, so be sure to verify opening hours first.
Look for Loch Ness: Take a day trip and try and learn all about Scotland’s history. You will pass through the rolling hills, the countryside, and castle ruins. Yes, it takes several hours of your day, but yes, it is also well worth the time and the price that you will gain by having an official guide to share his expertise.
The Tolbooth Museum: Aside from the cultural exhibitions offered here, you will get a little exercise too as you climb the narrow 86 steps of its spiral staircase. Take a glimpse into the past as you explore the methods of crime and punishment throughout the ages. When you settle back into your budget hotel in Aberdeen for the evening, you will surely reflect on the history and beauty offered by this traditional Scottish seaside town.