Go 50 shades…
Known as ‘The Granite City’ Aberdeen’s buildings incorporate locally quarried grey granite, which can be many shades of grey in the changes of weather including sparkling like silver in the sunshine and darker intensities in the rain
Located near to Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen is full of interesting buildings and museums, and the Brig o’ Balgownie which dates back to 1320! With King’s Collage dates back to 1495
Get a brew, dog
BrewDog is a famous brewery and pub chain which originates from Ellon, Aberdeen, you can visit and tour the brewery or pop into one of the two bars in the city. The staff are amazing and will help you chose the beer best suited to you, the best option is to try the beer flight, where you get to try out 4 of the beers, the food is also awesome!
Release your inner princess- or prince
Did you know Scotland has over 260 castles? And when it comes to castles, Aberdeenshire is the place you want to visit as there are more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK!
Tick off the NE250 tourist trail
By now everyone should have heard of the NC500, Scotland’s answer to America’s Route 66, but did you know there is a new Scottish Tourist Trail called the NE250 or North East 250, which is a (roughly) 250 mile circular drive through Royal Deeside, the Cairngorms, Speyside and along the coasts of the Moray Firth and Aberdeenshire
Visit The Coastal Towns & Villages
Along the coast during your NE250 road trip, be sure to stop at the coastal towns and villages along the way, Crovie and Gardenstown are two of the prettiest, but be sure to stop at the equally pretty Portsoy and taste their amazing ice-cream
Have A Wee Dram Of Whisky
Shannon has just started enjoying the taste for whisky, but Pam hasn’t quite got there yet (gin all the way for her) but for those whisky lovers, you need to get yourself to Speyside, here there is an abundance of distilleries to choose from, be it a tour or just trying a sample in their shop
Go wildlife spotting
Like many areas in Scotland, Aberdeen is home to an amazing ray of wildlife, from sea birds, dolphins, and seals. Aberdeen Beach and Torry Battery are great for dolphin spotting, where Forvie Nature Reserve and nearby Newburgh are excellent for seal spotting
Eat Fish and Chips
While there is many great eateries, you have to try fish and chips from a chippy, all should sell freshly caught local seafood. We recommend The Bay in Stonehaven
Learn the lingo
Throughout Scotland there are numerous accents, the Aberdonian Doric dialect is cheerful and sing-songy, if a little hard to pick up due to their distinct words. Pam met some friends on holiday years ago and they taught her a very catchy rhyme
‘Dya ken Ken kis Ken kens Barbie’
Translated as ‘Do you know Ken because Ken knows Barbie’ (ken being the word 'know')
Be A Fittie
There is a cute area of Aberdeen called Footdee, known locally as Fittie. There are rows of pretty grantite houses with fisherman sheds outside, these sheds are used as such and also as summer houses, some complete with bedrooms, kitchen and bathrooms!
Top up your car of fuel (lol)
Since the discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970’s, Aberdeen has been known as the off-shore oil capital of Europe, so make sure to top up your fuel before leaving!
From Bothy’s to Castles there is an abundance of accommodation choices, if you want to be close to nature then go glamping at Howe of Torbeg near the village of Ballater in the Cairngorms National Park, you can relax in your pod or there is outside seating complete with a firepit- just bring some marshmallows!
There are hundreds and hundreds of mountains to climb in Scotland; also known as Munros, and once you have ticked them off this is called Munro- bagging. Located in the Cairngorms we bagged Lochnagar at 1, 155m, the views were out of this world and so rewarding
Meet the Queen
Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home to the British Royal family since the days Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, each year the Queen and Royal family visit here for a few months from August; at this time the castle is closed to visitors (so you won’t really get to meet her unfortunately) but well worth the visit when they are not in residence
Check Out Aberdeen's Street Art
Nuart has brought street art to Aberdeen City in a big way, breaking away from the granite grey of Aberdeen City walls, this street art is a welcome pop of colour
Have you been around Aberdeenshire? Is there anywhere that we should add to our list?