Europe

A short break in Scotland

The past week in Scotland has been amazing, one thing the weather was on our outside.

The first couple of days were spent in Drumtochty castle, situated in a idyllic location, Surrounded by the Scottish countryside, it was magical and so peaceful.

Its definitely a perfect place to have a wedding or any special event, the staff were friendly, the food was excellent and just a beautiful place to stay.

After a lovely few days spent here we arrived into Aberdeen city, this is a city on the eastern side of Scotland, situated between the River Dee and Don. I had arranged to stay with some old friends, which I worked with. In terms of things to do in the city or to see, there wasn’t much, we struggled to find a cafe for a coffee. After wandering around for a while the best option was a Cafe Nero, a mocha and cheese and ham panini later we both felt content.

DSC_5363

The main square in Aberdeen 

After walking towards my friends house, we passed various impressive buildings, all being made of stone and the colour grey, its definitely worth having a wander around though.

After a cup of tea, meeting the gorgeous Bert (I’ll get back to him) and a nice chat with my friends, we decided to go for a drive to Balmedie, a lovely area, with sand dunes, and access to the beach.

This beach was lovely and definitely a dog friendly place, as nearly every person we passed had a dog. My friends dog Bert was loving it.

The weather was gorgeous and really was great to enjoy the eastern coastline with this summer weather.

Whilst in Aberdeen we decided to hire a car for 3 days, working out to be quite reasonable in price, it gave us the freedom to explore more. A short drive away we visited the little harbor town of Stone haven, free parking this was a pleasant surprise. We made ourselves a picnic lunch and enjoyed sitting near to the ocean, whilst watching the fishermen and boats.

Dunotter Castle was our next stop, perched on cliffs overhanging the North Sea and provides stunning views.The best ways to get there is either driving or the mile-long hike from the town of Stone haven. The hike is a narrow path along the cliffs that provides stunning views the entire way. Definitely a must see.

Whilst in Scotland the whisky distillery’s are a must see if this is your thing. My boyfriend is quite fond of a particular one (The Glenlivet) which is situated near Ballindalloch in Moray, Scotland. This is a single malt whisky, and the oldest running distillery. They offer free tours of the grounds, lasting around 30 minutes which go regularly during the summer months. You also get to try some of the whisky at the end!

These distillery’s below are all in a good distance of each other.

  • Balvenie
  • Dufftown
  • Glendullan
  • Glenfiddich
  • Kininvie
  • Mortlach

We decided not to venture to far on the final day in Scotland, having to return the hire car in the afternoon, we spent several hours walking along the beach and checking out the amusements ie arcades.

I also had to say goodbye to my latest new fluffy friend Bert

DSC_5646

This little guy was so friendly and entertaining, he definitely changed my opinion on small dogs. (Friend for life)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s