I, like a large number of students at RGU, have moved to Aberdeen to study – and so was not really familiar with the area prior to living here. So if like me, you enjoy being outdoors, there are a variety of day trips as well as things to do and see around the city and further afield.
Aberdeen or shire is surrounded by nature and full of opportunities too see wildlife without having to travel too far. So if you have recently moved to Aberdeen, or are just looking for something to do when the weather is good – here is a number of things to help you enjoy Aberdeenshire.
1.) Brig O’ Balgownie
Any student that lives in Aberdeen knows that it is easy to get around the city just by walking or even by bus. For this reason, it is really easy to get to the Brig O’ Balgownie. It is a 13th century bridge across the river Dee, that sits in Old Aberdeen. So if you have some spare time when the weather is good, you should definitely go check it out. It is one of the oldest bridges in the country and a really impressive thing to go and see, without having to leave the city!
Although the Cairngorms National Park is roughly an hours drive from Aberdeen, it is definitely worth the trip. The Park is famous for its incredible mountain range and lochs. So if you love the outdoors, especially walking or mountain climbing – then a trip to the Cairngorms would make for a good weekend.
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3.) Longhaven Cliffs
Along most of the Aberdeenshire coastline, there are a variety of nature reserves and amazing clifftops. For me, the Longhaven Cliff reserve, in particular, is definitely somewhere worth visiting. The caves, seabirds and dramatic waves hitting the cliffs make the reserve a spectacular place to go on a short trip out with the city. The Longhaven Cliff reserve – in particular the ‘Bullers of Buchan’ cliffs – sit a few miles south of Peterhead, although has easy road access with roughly a 45-minute drive from Aberdeen city centre.
If waves and cliffs are your thing, then there’s a chance you might also enjoy going to see the numerous castles situated around Aberdeenshire. Scotland is full of impressive castles, and luckily enough there are lots to see dotted just outside the city. A common tourist attraction is Dunnotar Castle, just south of Stonehaven. Perched on a cliff top, there is an awesome view out to sea, only a short walk along the coast from Stonehaven. Or if you don’t feel like hiking it, you can get the bus straight there from the centre of Aberdeen. Some other castles worth seeing include Drum, Craigievar, Slains and Crathes castles.
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5.) Falls Of Feugh
The falls of Feugh are a short walk from Banchory centre. There is wildlife all around and is a popular place for salmon fishing. It is a beautiful destination for a walk and for loads of photographs!
Do your own research, and if looking for somewhere to go and explore – highly recommend these place!