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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen August 29th 2006

We had an early start today. We were intending on visiting quite a number of castles and historic sites. Our route was to take in much of the North East Coast and interior of Scotland, but didn’t start well. We visited Castle Fraser first, but it didn’t open up until 1100. We had a bit of a look at what we could do, and knowing we needed to be finished by 1530 today, we ended up deciding to go into the centre of Aberdeen and look around the city instead. To be brutally honest, the city didn’t do much for either of us and we ended up going back to the hotel at about 1400 to start packing for tomorrow. Once we finished packing, we headed out to visit Elaine, Mike and Uncle Bill. They were ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen August 28th 2006

Today was another early start. We were going to do some castle touring on the way back to Edinburgh and then see how things went on the way back. Our first stop was at Dunnottar Castle. This was impressive. At the start, it looks like it is sitting on a tall island, but when you get closer, you can see the small strip of land leading to it. Our next stop was the town of Arbroath and to have a look at its Abbey. Once again, this was huge. It was in a bad state of ruin, but you could see how big it was and the photos will show how impressive it was. I can’t exactly remember the exact history of it, but it is one of Scotlands most historic Abbeys. Some sort of agreement ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen August 27th 2006

An early start today. We were heading up to Aberdeen and I had to go pick up the hire car from the airport. We had breakfast downstairs, which was very nice. A full buffet with both continental and hot breakfast available. Then off to get the car. We were given a Blue Peugeot which was quite sufficient for us. It wasn’t long before we said goodbye to the hotel, and the smoky air inside it. Our first stop for the day was at St Andrews, where we had another look at both the cathedral and the castle. Both very impressive. After that, we headed over to the 18th fairway of the old course to take some photos. Then, back on the road. We pretty much just headed to Aberdeen from there, keen on finding the hotel. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen July 27th 2006

Hey Everyone! We just arrived at Aberdeen and checked in at out new hostel (it's really nice here and they have a cheap laundry-mat which is really good because it was getting to the point that I couldn't sit next to Alex on the train!) By the way 'internet stalker' I'm pretty sure Alex has out-stunk any stinking you did in Europe. The train ride here was 2 and a half hours of h-e-double-hockey-sticks. The air conditioning wasn't working so it was like 100 million degrees in there (hence the comment about not being able to sit next to Alex). We're pretty excited about being in a new city but we are going to miss the bells of St. Giles in the morning. So far Aberdeen seems a lot less touristy then the other places have ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen July 9th 2006

Well here we are ready to start the journey, Lets hope it dosn't turn out like the Griswall's. We leave tommorrow at 7.30 and should get to the hostel in Prague 15hrs later. Will let you all know when we arrive and got there safely.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen November 1st 2005

Ok! So today was our first official day of Macbackpackers.com. We were introduced to our tour guide for the next 5 days Neil. Not only is he extremely funny but he wears a kilt, with nothing under it!! and PLEASE DO NOT ask me how i found out. haha.. Anyways.. it was finally time to get out of that mental insitution and on to bigger and better things. MOst of us n the trip went however there were a select few that decided to stay back with professor sands and take their own whirlwind tour of scotland... Day 1.. Neil explained to us that he loves to travel the world, and he absoltely loves his job. His accent is so hard to understand sometimes because he talks to gosh darn fast! Also, how he actually traveled ... read more
Group On HIke
Our home for the next 5 days
Other pics of hike...

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen May 15th 2005

Our stops for Sunday included the places we missed previously with the first one being Pitmedden Gardens. The gardens were very nice, especially the walled one but most flowers were still not yet in bloom. There was also a museum of Farming Life. The gardens enclose an area of 5 miles. After here we went to Castle Fraser for the guided tour. Rooms included a doll house collection, a wooden leg, a hidden trap door that revealed stairs and a spyhole that looked into the Great Hall. That was my favorite. We climbed the round tower and had views of the gardens that were still closed. We got into Aberdeen late afternoon and I gave the guy I met in Banff a ring and left a message. We had went down for dinner in the hotel ... read more
Pitmedden Gardens
Ready to go out
My new friends and me

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen April 19th 2005

Tuesday was another castle adventure for us. First up was Craigievar Castle that was built in the 1620's and also had turrets. It had lovely furnishings inside and we had a guided tour. It is surrounded by trees and we were able to walk the grounds. Our second stop was Crathes Castle, a self guided tour. What I like about here was the "Horn of Leys" on display that were given by King Robert the Bruce. There was also a "trip step", used to trick attackers climbing the staircase. It is also supposed to be haunted by a "Green Lady" ghost. We had a wonderful view from the 2nd floor of the castle where we could view the garden. We didn't get to walk through the garden because we left to try to get in for ... read more
Entrance to Craigievar Castle
Crathes Castle
Garden at Crathes Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen April 15th 2005

I have loved Scotland since my first overseas, 2 weeks trip in 1999 which was an escorted tour. This time was a lot different due to the fact we would be driving and doing everything on our own for one month (April15-May 16) in the Highlands. My friend & I were both able to get the time off work and so were very excited about this. Our B&B's and hotels were already booked since we would be in a different location practically every night with a few exceptions. The weather was cold and rainy the first week. Over 500 pictures were taken between the two of us, so I will only highlight the places we saw and blog a few days worth on each journal. We arrived mid-afternoon on Friday in Aberdeen from London, got our ... read more
Inside Dunnottar Castle
Dunnottar Castle
Another view of Dunnottar




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