Friday 20th of October 2017
Quirky coastal carriages on the impressive Aberdeenshire coast, welcoming B&B’s deep in the Scottish glens and chic city centre boutique hotels. No matter what your budget, your group size, the purpose of your visit or your plans when you get here – these are just some of the accommodation options on offer in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire.
Cults Hotel, one of the best-rated, independent hotels is situated on the outskirts of Aberdeen within three miles of the city centre in the rural setting of Cults. It has the warmth of a small country hotel and rooms of impeccable taste, individually designed to the modern, sleek standards of today. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary round of Golf at Ballater Golf Club when staying at the hotel.
Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, Aberdeen’s luxury 5* hotel which is actually a lot more affordable than you’d guess! They do really good-value offers such as the ‘Complete Indulgence Break’ which offers; full a la carte menu, including Russian King Crab and Champagne Dinner. Bucks Fizz Breakfast in your room or in their Conservatory Restaurant and late check-out till 14.00 for only £165pp.
If you’re looking for something a little more down to earth, there’s some fantastic camping and caravan spots near the coast. Deeside Holiday Park is a tranquil retreat set in the Southern valley of the River Dee ideal for getting away from it all. If you’re hoping to spend your time exploring Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park, this park offers the perfect holiday destination. A superb range of Signature hot tub lodges, luxurious lodges and modern caravan holiday homes provide the ideal base for your self-catering holiday or for a unique glamping experience, stay in brand ensuite camping pods. Alternatively, you can bring your own touring caravan, motorhome or tent and be assured of a warm welcome.
As you can see from the icons at the top, there’s a whole host of events and things happening in Aberdeenshire. So that you make the most of your trip, we’d recommend visiting in Summer for things like the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival and Aberdeen’s International Youth Festival. If you’re into your music then Soundfestival and DanceLive is held in October. The festival features a large number of concerts held in iconic venues as well as intimate spaces across Aberdeen, allowing audiences to experience innovative events in a variety of atmospheric settings. DanceLive will embrace a broad programme of live dance and performance events that celebrate creativity, diversity and experimentation within the framework of a dynamic programme of movement, dance and visual performance.
If it’s winter you are saving for, Aberdeenshire can get pretty nippy! But there are still great things happening up to and during the Christmas holidays. The Street Food Market, Ministry of Crafts, and many comedy nights all occur around Nov-December. Cosy up by the fire with a hot toddy or scotch after a long walk down the coastal trail, or pick up some gifts from Aberdeen’s Winter Festival Christmas Market.
No matter where you are in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire you’ll never be far from a ‘fine’ meal or comforting dram. Visitors get the chance to sample some of Aberdeen’s world-class favourites, try the estate reared venison, Aberdeen Angus Beef, the freshest seafood straight from the harbours, local delicacies – Cullen skink and rowies, our revolutionary craft beer – BrewDog, or our world famous whisky!
Angus & Ale is ranked as one of the best burger joints in Aberdeen, and functioning as an independent restaurant; it’s all about the ingredients. They’re 100% local and seasonal and their beef is dry aged on the bone for a minimum of 28 days which guarantees melt-in-the-mouth, juicy burgers. Pop in for a local brew and an unforgettable burger, or steak, or sundae!
For a quaint afternoon tea, Delgatie Castle is renowned for excellent home-baking with their delicious light and tasty scones, pancakes, carrot, lemon, chocolate and coffee cakes and much more. They received the Scottish Home Baking Award on more than one occasion with a lunch menu created using locally sourced produce – including fish from Macduff, free range eggs, local cheese, and each dish made to order. The delights of Stornaway Black Pudding with mushrooms and cream sauce; Cockburn Haggis from Dingwall served with eggs benedict accompanied by hollandaise sauce; or their delicious smoked salmon with a free range egg on crumpet can’t fail to tempt the taste buds.
If you can, fit in a distillery tour at some part of your trip because there are a wide range of exclusive breweries that can offer a taste. Off the tourist track, you’ll find “The Secret Malts of Aberdeenshire”, produced by a cluster of distilleries dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Here visitors can get right up close to traditional skills in rural settings among picturesque villages, wooded hills and rolling fields at places like the Ardmore, Fettercairn, GlenDronach or Knockdhu distilleries, out on the coast for Glenglassaugh (its fans say you can taste the sea), or into the Cairngorms for Royal Lochnagar.
In winter, perhaps you’ll take a wee dram or two at a special tasting of Glen Garioch – by a roaring fire in a traditional granite-walled bothy. This is the stuff that makes memories.
There’s a number of different tours you can take in Aberdeen, as the whole place is designed for tourists to get the best of the attractions. There’s the Granite Trail, March Stones Trail, Maritime Trail, North Sea Trail, People & Places, Castle Trail and Sculpture Trail. They say one of the best tours you can take is the historical castle route. Deep in an ancient pine forest, beside a fast-flowing river, on a high snowbound mountain pass, among rich rolling farmland, and perched on cliffs some 50 feet above the sea. These are some of the spectacular settings for Aberdeenshire’s 300 castles: there are more here per acre than anywhere else in the British Isles. Most you can see, many you can visit – and some you can even stay in.
Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852, having been first leased in 1848. The Castle is an example of Scots Baronial architecture and is classified by Historic Scotland as a category A listed building. They recommend that you set aside at least one and a half hours for your visit to Balmoral. This will give you time to visit the grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and the coffee shop. You can enjoy access to the formal and vegetable gardens, the wildlife, Balmoral and audio visual exhibitions together with the largest room in the Castle, the Ballroom. Please note that all other rooms within the Castle are not available to the public as these are Her Majesty The Queen’s private rooms.
Aberdeen is also home to key museums including the Tolbooth Museum, Aberdeen Maritime Museum and the Zoology Museums. Scotland’s first centre of science and discovery can also be found near Aberdeen Beach. The Aberdeen Science Centre, home to 50 exhibits and live-shows is a firm family favourite.
If a nature trail is more your thing, the Banffshire coast is one of the world’s outstanding coastlines, says the National Geographic. Not just for its natural beauty with plentiful wildlife – there are dolphins, seals, puffins and other seabirds in abundance – but for its “strong community feeling”. Tiny beautifully preserved 17th, 18th and 19th century harbours have rich histories of Baltic trade and herring fleets. Fishing villages perch on clifftops or crouch precariously at the water’s edge, the oldest houses built gable-end on to the weather and the waves. Many with lighthouses to guide safe passage.
There’s evidence of older history too. Craggy clifftops, great dunes and wide beaches stretch for miles, and shifting sands at Forvie reveal the halfburied remains of a 12th century church. Among the ancient coastal sites are Dunnottar and Findlater Castles, open to the elements, with precipitous drops to the sea below. The old ways are still valued: traditional boats still built, crafts thrive, Doric words are spoken and Doric ballads are sung.
Old Aberdeen is a picturesque northern part of the city, home to the university campus but still open to visitors. The 15th-century buildings include the college, a medieval Cathedral and a late medieval bridge. The Heritage Trail here leads you through two hours of a number of Aberdeen City Council’s commemorative plaques as well as a number of splendidly carved stones and armorial panels.
There’s no getting away from the fact that Aberdeen is a vast city to explore. Doing it by car works out as the cheapest, most comfortable way to get around the scenic routes, trails and attractions. Our branch based at Aberdeen Airport has every type of car, minibus or van for you to use during your stay, at a very attractive price!
Gordon, our branch manager and his friendly team will be there to welcome you to the area, giving you all the best suggestions and tips and tricks for settling in. We have for hire, small compacts like the stylish Fiat 500 or new Toyota Aygo for those travelling alone or with a partner. Medium-sized cars that get you around in a little more comfort and space such as the Ford Focus, Opel Astra and Citroen C4. If you’re after something luxurious to match your sophisticated getaway then our Aberdeen branch will provide you with a top-of-the-range, brand new 17-plate Mercedes Sports car, Volvo Estate or BMW Saloon. Kitted out with all the latest tech and spacious enough for your golfing equipment, any of these would be the perfect fit for you and a group of friends. If you need a 7 or 9 seater vehicle then our team will be more than happy to accommodate a minibus for your rental, equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, leather seats and full air-conditioning.
Our Aberdeen branch, open every day from 6am-10pm will collect you from the airport as soon as you land and drive you to our site in the Courtyard by Marriott® hotel where your car will be waiting for you. The team can show you around our different vehicles, finding the right fit for you – if the one you book isn’t to your liking, just ask! Find yourself an amazing deal now, the earlier you book – the cheaper the price! Visit www.easirent.com/aberdeen