Weekend trip to Aberdeen from Edinburgh
When: 2 days in June
Stayed: At 2 different Airbnbs. Our initial plan was to stay for one night but then decided to stay for 2 nights so due to unavailability we had to change our accommodation each night.
Arriving: We drove from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, which driving directly takes approximately 2hours and 30minutes. However, we made varies stops in between including some for short visit to some main attractions. Our first stop was Broughty Castle, in Dundee. Inside the castle is a museum detailing the times of the people and environment of Broughty Ferry. The admission is free.
Our next stop was a quick one at Arbroath Abbey. Entry to the abbey was a whopping £9 which for us personally was too much, so we skipped this one and continued on our way.
The final stop before arriving at our Airbnb in Aberdeen was Dunnottar Castle, in Stonehaven. We arrived late at the castle so it was closing time (17.30) and could not enter. But the views from the outside were worth the stop anyway. Parking is free and fairly easy, then the castle is a short walk down a little hill.
On day 2 we decided to have a chilled one and headed to the city to some shops. There are varies shopping malls within walking distance of each other including Bon Accord, Trinity Centre and Union Square. In between, there is also the main street for shops including Primark. Union Square is a very good place to get lunch or dinner, as there is a lot of different restaurants include big chains like Nandos, Zizzi, Pizza Hut etc.
On our last day before heading back to Edinburgh we did some sightseeing. First, we drove to King’s College and University, St. Machar Cathedral and Brig o’ Balgownie. After that, we parked our car at Union Square Parking and walked around the city. We just walked around at random. Amongst others, we saw Marischal College, The Tolbooth Museum and Provost Skene’s House.
We then got on our way back to Edinburgh but we made varies stops to visit different castles.