Lives in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Since Apr 2013
18-24 year old female
I have spent the last few months travelling through Cuba and Central America. I have recently written a few short TripAdviser guides which focus upon Havana and Antigua; two beautiful and exciting locations. I am also extremely passionate about South Africa and try to visit as often as possible. I love marathon running, yoga, healthy eating, eco friendly fashion and dreaming about my next trip. I am currently planning a trip to the West Coast of the United States.
Nature & Wildlife Areas, Bridges, Caverns & Caves
Nature & Wildlife Areas, Beaches
Forests, Historic Walking Areas
The Brig 'O' Balgownie is a 13th-century bridge that crosses the River Don. While the bridge has a rich history, nowadays it is also a fantastic place to escape the pace of city life and enjoy some fresh air. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the River Don to admire this beautiful Gothic bridge.
Balmedie Beach is an award winning beach that is located just 5 miles from Aberdeen. Escape the noise of the city and simply relax on this stunning beach. This long stretch of sand is the perfect place for a picnic or to simply enjoy a blustery walk along the seashore.
Bennachie is a range of hills in Aberdeenshire, and it's proximity to Aberdeen makes it a popular destination for walkers. The peaks are not as daunting as other Scottish mountains and thus the walking routes are fairly accessible. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy a day spent exploring the area and admiring the views from the summit.
Enjoy a variety of activities in the Kirkhill Forest such as running, walking and biking. Kirkhall is a beautiful forest where visitors can enjoy views over Aberdeen, and spot the sculptures scattered through the forest.
Craigievar Castle greatly resembles a picture-perfect fairytale castle and it has been beautifully preserved. The spectacular grounds wrap around the castle, making this the perfect destination for those who want to enjoy the scenic Aberdeenshire countryside, as well as a little history. The estate includes both woodlands and parklands and provides spectacular views of Bennachie.
Drive north of Aberdeen and you will arrive at Cruden Bay; a small village on the coast. Visit Cruden Bay for spectacular coastal walks and to enjoy the beach - one of the most beautiful in Aberdeenshire. One of the fantastic things about Scotland is that visitors get to enjoy stunning beaches without the hordes of tourists that one usually encounters on beaches elsewhere.
Take a walk along the cliff tops and enjoy some bird and seal watching. The views are spectacular, and the geological features are extremely impressive. Bullers of Buchan is a large blowhole, formed by the sheer force of the sea, and is surrounded by several arches. The cliff top walk snakes past the imposing ruins of Slains Castle.
Dunnottar Castle is a medieval ruin on the northeast coast of Scotland. The site is of great historical significance owing to its strategic location and its impregnability. The castle is surrounded by the sea on three sides, with a narrow land bridge connecting it to the headland. Despite it's distance from Aberdeen, I would recommend that any visitors wishing to experience the spectacular scenery of the Scottish coast pay Dunnottar Castle a visit.
The Cairngorms are the highest mountain range in the UK. The area is home to a vast array of forests, rivers, and mountain peaks. I would advise any outdoor enthusiasts visiting Aberdeen to visit the neighbouring Cairngorms National Park in order to make the most of the beautiful Scottish countryside.
Linn O' Dee is a beautiful example of the spectacular highland landscape that surrounds Aberdeen. Enjoy the peace and tranquility as you admire this fantastic geological feature. The River Dee has carved a 300m long gorge through solid rock, dropping into pools below. Pack a picnic and relax by the water's edge.
Duthie Park is the perfect destination for visitors who appreciate nature. The Park is situated on over 40 acres of land with an array of facilities, and visitors can explore features such as fountains, ponds, and statues. Plus, when the biting cold weather of Aberdeen becomes too much, it is still possible to admire beautiful flowers inside the warm Winter Gardens, which houses a vast number of tropical plants and cacti within its green houses.