Tuesday 4th of August 2015
Those looking for a little tranquillity during their trip to Aberdeen should look no further than Duthie Park. The 44-acre park was opened in 1883 by Princess Beatrice, daughter of Queen Victoria, and remains a highly popular public space to this day. The park is noted for the spectacular David Welch winter gardens with tropical and arid houses similar to those found in the Eden Project in Cornwall, England. Originally opened in 1899, the greenhouses were demolished and rebuilt after suffering storm damage in 1969. Today, they are a tranquil haven surrounded lush trees and ferns; an absolute must-see for nature lovers.
The Gordon Highlanders Museum
Tucked away in a secluded part of rural Aberdeen, the Gordon Highlanders Museum is an absolute must-see for anyone with an interest in Scottish military history. The premises are fairly modest in size, but make no mistake – maximum use of the space available has been made. The exhibits are well-presented, and the information provided is detailed and precise, without excluding those who are new to the subject. The friendly staff have in-depth knowledge of their subjects, and are happy to help in any way they can. The museum also features a gift shop, and the on-site cafe provides quality food and beverages at reasonable prices.
Northern Scotland isn’t exactly known for its tropical climate, but the outdoor types among you who don’t mind bracing the elements (or waiting for the summer) will certainly get a big kick out of Balmedie Beach. Its fine sand and dunes stretch for miles along the coast, and it’s easily accessible from Aberdeen city centre via the A90. This beautiful beach is less than ten miles away from Aberdeen, meaning it should only take around 20 minutes to get there in your Easirent hire car.
Often referred to as ‘the fairytale castle’, Craigievar Castle has a truly distinctive exterior look, often thought to have been an inspiration to a certain Mr Walt Disney. The exterior of the building has remained exactly the same since the tower was completed in 1626. The castle houses a number of family portraits of the Forbes family, who lived in the castle for 350 years, along with original Jacobean woodwork and furniture, including the ‘Craigievar Table’. The castle is also surrounded by pristine parkland and a number of smaller gardens, all of which are accessible to the public. Tickets range from £9 concessions to £29.50 for a family ticket.
Aberdeen Maritime Museum
Those with an interest in Scottish history are spoilt for choice in Aberdeenshire, and the Aberdeen Maritime museum is no exception. Located right in the city centre, in the heart of the city’s docklands, this cosy museum is well-stocked, informative, and extremely well-signed. The exhibits give details of everything from the origins of the city’s dockland to modern-day industrial oil-drilling techniques, and is presented in a way that is rewarding to both experts and those with a passing interest. A thoroughly satisfying day out for those with a thirst for knowledge.