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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen August 24th 2008

We spent the last ten days or so with Heather's extended family in Johnstone (just outside of Glasgow). The first night we got there Heather's cousin Laura took us to a Sheep Shearing Competition. There were guys there who could shear a lamb in 30 seconds flat! By the end of the night there was a giant bag of wool and a pen full of naked and slightly disheveled lambs. We asked one of the farmers how much the bag of wool was worth and he said it was only worth about £20! We thought that seemed like a lot of work for only forty bucks. We promptly spent the next days pub crawling in Glasgow, enjoying the street theatre at the Edinburgh fringe, going out with Heather's crazy uncle to his favourite bars in Glasgow ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen August 10th 2008

Back to colder and wetter climes following our North American adventure the next box to tick is the Castle Trail which centres around the Grampian area of Scotland, which is, brilliantly, all about 30 minutes away from our house in Aberdeen. There are obviosuly, hundreds of castles dotted around Scotland, all in varying states of repair and some that you can visit round and others that you can't. The book itself says there are hundred but lists specifically a few must-sees and so, for consistency, we've visited these ones which all focus around Grampian and could, be linked in with the Scottish Whiskey Trail, which, the distilleries mentioned, are also (loosely) around the Grampian region. So, the book mentions, Crathes and Drum castles which are both on the way to Aboyne to the West of Aberdeen, ... read more
Drum Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen August 7th 2008

Todd pulled out another great performance on my second trip to Aberdeen. He had a really successful season as Aberdeenshire's international pro and was pivotal in their promotion, so I hope he comes back next season! I flew up Thursday night for my extended weekend, and while the weather never really played game, it didn't stop us getting out and about. Aberdeen is dubbed the Granite City, but it's also known as the Flower of Scotland for its stunning parks and gardens. Having checked out several during my first visit in May, we decided to head to Pitmedden Garden - about 45 minutes' drive north. Originating in the 17th century, it's no wonder their box hedges were so perfect! In the evening Rach went off to work at the clubrooms and Todd and I took a ... read more
Pitmedden Garden
Pitmedden Garden
Pitmedden Garden

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen August 7th 2008

Tag 66: Ellon, Aberdeen Morgens strömender Regen, und noch keine Karte für die Strecke ab Aberdeen. Ich habe wenig Lust, bei diesem Wetter mit vollbeladenem Rad durch eine fremde Großstadt zu fahren (mit Linksverkehr...), um dort Karten zu suchen. Ich buche das Zimmer für eine weitere Nacht und setz mich in einen Bus nach Aberdeen. Dort angekommen hat zumindest der Regen aufgehört, aber es ist immer noch stark bewölkt. Das herausragendste Merkmal der Architektur in Aberdeen ist der silbergraue Granit, aus dem viele Häuser gebaut sind. Aberdeen nennt sich deshalb auch "the silver city". Als erstes suche ich die Tourist-Info auf, und werde sofort fündig: dort bekomme ich die Sustrans-Karte für die Strecke nach Edinburgh. Des Rest des Tages laufe ich durch die Straßen von Aberdeen, erstehe einen Adapter für die britischen Steckdosen, und sehe mir ... read more
B&B im Balmercassie House

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen August 6th 2008

Tag 65: Portsoy - Ellon, 79.34 km, Fahrzeit 5:17, Durchschn. 14.97 km/h, Höhenmeter: 712, Gesamtstrecke 3538 km Ich kann mein Zelt noch im Trockenen einpacken, aber als ich losfahre, fängt es leicht an zu regnen. Im Laufe des Vormittags verstärt sich der Regen immer mehr, so dass ich irgendwann auf Regenzeug umrüste. Die Gegend ist hügelig und duchgehend landwirtschaftlich genutzt. Das letzte Drittel der Strecke führt über eine ehemalige Eisenbahntrasse (Formatine & Buchan Way). Wenig Steigung, aber vom Belag her nicht ideal zu Radfahren. Irgendwo auf dieser Strecke erwischt mich der erste Platten dieser Tour: ein leichter Knall, ein kurzes Zischen, und der Hinterreifen ist platt. Zuerst befürchte ich, dass der Mantel einen Schaden hat, oder das Ventil kaputt ist, aber da ist nichts zu sehen. Zum Glück hat der Regen etwas nachgelassen. Also Gepäck runter, ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen July 26th 2008

'Morning! We're going out of town today. Hurrah! Our breakfast ( the best so far ) was hot porridge and milk, cereal, a Scottish breakfast with the usual stuff plus fried black pudding ( not really my thing! ), toast, ( bowls of prunes and fruit salad if you were so inclined ), pots of tea and hot chocolate, even “The Small young Gentleman” managed a plate of scrambled eggs. He particularly wanted the porridge 'cos I had tried to make it at home but I wasn't very good! Our coach was to leave at 11:35 from the Aberdeen Bus Station. I had decided that we would go to a little town called Banchory. ₤6.70 for me and ₤3.70 for “The Small young Gentleman” Return and we were on our way. We were on the intercity ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen July 25th 2008

Hi Friends and Family! After a refreshing sleep in which “The Small Young Gentleman” fell out of bed and I got up at 6 a.m. Again! We had an early breakfast at 7:30 and booked a taxi for 8:40 as our train was to leave at 9:10. We paid an extravagant 7.00 pounds. Gulp! I had pre-booked and pre-paid our reserved train seats for the 2.5 hour trip to Aberdeen - ₤10.00 for me and ₤5.00 for “The Small Young Gentleman”. We received free cans of Coca Cola Zero which they were promoting and used the journey to play “Happy Feet” and various other games on my Notebook until the battery ran out and I fell asleep. Going on holiday is exhausting don't you know! We arrived slighty before 12:00 and according to the station staff, ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen May 15th 2008

This past Sunday I went on the Whisky trail with the International Society. It was amazing! We first went to Huntly Castle in...Huntly about an hour and a half NW of Aberdeen. Huntly Castle is (according to my guidebook) made up from an original 12th century motte, built by an Earl of Fife, and palace block from the 16th century, added by a governor (sorry I don't remember who). It was really amazing. Not the biggest set of ruins but still impressive. On the main stairs is some ornamentation of the coat of arms that represent the Governor who built the palace section of the Castle. Outside the castle the foundations of the earlier structure could be seen. My favorite part of the ruins was the cobbled ground where you could see how the wall were ... read more
Coat of Arms ornamentation
Inside the Ale House
The Distillery

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen May 1st 2008

We had a great time in Aberdeen from the moment we touched down. Spending time with Katharine and her family, enjoying the clean fresh air and seeing green and yellow across the horizon as we drove along the countryside. Mum,and Dad took such good care of us and fed us well during our stay. Dad took us for a tour of the Glenfiddich whisky distillery which was interesting. He was brave and generous and shared some of his collection of whiskies and unfortunately for him, I loved his favourite bottle (Laphroaig) the best..ha ha We spent the rest of the days chilling out and jogging around the neighbourhood and burnt away all the farewell and welcome drinks we had consumed before coming here...... And I finally got to try haggis, neaps and tatties meal which was ... read more
Ellon, river
Sand dunes by the beach

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