A beautiful weekend in The Silver City with golden sands
17 November 2021
I am still in awe from our stay in a truly majestic part of Scotland, the beautiful city of Aberdeen.
Travelling up north from Newcastle was a seamless journey with a LNER direct train - the beautiful views along the east coast and valleys made the time fly.
Aberdeen is the third-largest city in Scotland, and makes for the perfect weekend getaway. The main attractions are not too spread out and easily accessible by public transport or even a taxi (if you’re travelling with others then you can share a fare - it will work out around the same price).
I was lucky enough to stay in one of the most beautiful and sophisticated places in Aberdeen - The Chester Hotel. Located in the west-end of the city, The Chester instantly made me feel at home as soon as we walked into the stylish lobby.
This was the ultimate luxury experience, and was the perfect place to come home to after long days of discovering the majestic open spaces and wonderful attractions of Aberdeen.
There are many green spaces to explore across the city, which were made even better by the autumn scenery where I enjoyed the sound of crispy leaves under my feet.
This truly was a lush wonderland. At this time of year, Johnston Gardens is complete with a rainbow of autumn colours and bubbling streams - I recommend slow strolls through this city garden to really admire the charming scenery around you.
Whilst Old Aberdeen isn't short of awe-inspiring buildings to feast your eyes upon, you'll find more modest architecture if you make your way down the Esplanade at Aberdeen Beach. Stroll into an area of the city filled with quaint fishing cottages and cobbled lanes where time seemingly stands still. This was the perfect place to watch the sun go down as we then walked through the beach as the sky filled with pastel colours.
History & Art
The Gordon Highlanders Museum
You don't need to have a large interest in military history to have a great experience at The Gordon Highlanders Museum, as their interactive displays and diverse exhibitions will no doubt entertain everyone. Did you know that Winston Churchill named The Gordon Highlanders as 'the finest regiment in the world'? I luckily had the chance to talk to one of these brave men, who was present at the museum which was very humbling.
The new World War One trench exhibition is also fascinating - it allowed me to experience what life was like in these dismal and dangerous fortifications. Many thanks to Ian and Marcus for looking after me and sharing their knowledge and passion about the history of these honourable men.
Aberdeen Art Gallery
I am an art lover, so my opinion may be seen as biased, but Aberdeen Art Gallery is an absolute must-see when you're in the city. The building's architecture is a masterpiece; combining this with the diverse collection of art and displays makes this gallery a defining attraction on any Aberdeen itinerary.
Over 100 years ago, this was a place to showcase the work of local artists and collectors but has since morphed into one of the finest art collections and most highly-rated galleries in the UK.
You can now even enjoy stunning views across the city from the gallery's rooftop, which was part of the landmark's refurbishment.
While wandering through Aberdeen’s streets, you’ll encounter many beautiful murals and carefully curated street art. If you’re visiting the city in April, be sure to check out Nuart Aberdeen’s international public art festival. Each year new murals are commissioned by talented artists who delve into the cultural significance of the city’s past, present and future.
There are so many authentic, local cafes and restaurants to dine in - I was lucky enough to dine at an amazing selection of eateries across the city.
I had my first ever “autumn pizza” at Mac’s Pizzeria or Zucca e Spinaci in Italian. It was made from white sauce, for di latte mozzarella, gorgonzola, honey roasted butternut squash, spinach, walnuts and garlic oil and it was simply delicious.
The Italian delicacies continued at Amarone on Union Street, which was a great food experience - I would go so far as to say this was the best Italian food I've had outside of Italy. Amarone had an excellent vibe running throughout the restaurant, and I particularly loved the design and layout of the building.
Before a relaxing journey home with LNER, I visited BrewDog in Union Square - the perfect end to a fulfilling experience in the heart of the North-east. Their brunch menu was just as delightful as the other food I tasted during the weekend.
This truly was a fantastic experience filled with amazing attractions, world-class eateries, and beautiful open spaces from top to bottom. I'm already looking forward to my next visit to the North-east.
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