Balmedie beach is an amazing place located a few miles north of Aberdeen. With a large area of sand dunes, the Balmedie Country park provides a large range of installations and activities to make this area extremely enjoyable. While the sand dunes are a very popular place for BBQ, some visitors decide to ignore the rubbish bins and prefer to leave the litter on side. Why do they have to come to a beautiful place like this and spoil the area for the other visitors??? Some should have a bit more respect and consideration.
End of April 2013 on the reserve, mainly fulmars and razorbills could be seen so far. Fowlsheugh is a coastal nature reserve located few miles south of Stonehaven (Aberdeenshire). Property of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the reserve is a fantastic place to see Puffins, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Fulmars and Guillemots. Want to visit, GPS coordinates : 56.91842,-2.20035
Castle Fraser, located near Kemnay in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is one of the grandest of the Scottish baronial tower houses. The castle stands in over 300 acres (1.2 km2) of landscaped grounds, woodland and farmland which includes a walled kitchen garden of the 19th century. The construction was begun in 1575 by the 6th Laird of Fraser, Michael Fraser, on the basis of an earlier tower, and was completed in 1636. The castle was gifted to the National Trust for Scotland in 1976. Want to visit or to find out more??? GPS coordinates: 57.202297, -2.46077
Craigievar Castle is a 17th century castle located six miles (10 km) south of Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The setting is among scenic rolling foothills of the Grampian Mountains. The contrast of its massive lower storey structure to the finely sculpted multiple turrets, gargoyles and high corbelling work create a classic fairytale appearance. Built by William Forbes in the 17th century, the castle was the residence of the Forbes family for 350 years until 1963, when the property was gifted to the National Trust for Scotland. Want to visit or to find out more??? GPS coordinates: 57.1744,-2.71928
The Vat is a beautiful waterfall within a giant pothole with an amazing narrow entrance. The waterfall is part of the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve near Ballater. Want to visit or to find out more??? GPS coordinates: 57.08467 -2.95439
Crathes Castle is a 16th century castle near Banchory in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. This castle was built by the Burnetts of Leys and was held in that family for almost 400 years. The castle and grounds are presently owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland and are open to the public.
Black swans are common in the wetlands of south western and eastern Australia but extremely rare in the wild in western europe. One can be seen from time to time on the Montrose basin (Angus, Scotland).
The picturesque village of Cruden Bay is located 26 miles north of Aberdeen, on the north coast of the Bay of Cruden in Aberdeenshire. Just south of Slains Castle, Cruden Bay is said to have been the site of a battle in which the Scots under King Malcolm II defeated the Dane in 1012. Traditionally, the name was derived from the Gaelic Croch Dain (Slaughter of Danes). Today, Cruden Bay attracts tourists with its hotels and golf course. It has a long, unspoiled beach made famous by Norvegian aviator Tryggve Gran who made the first solo flight across the North Sea. Taking off in his Blériot XI-2 plane, from Cruden Bay, Scotland, Gran landed 4 hours 10 minutes later at Jaeren, near Stavanger, Norway, after a flight of 465 kilometres (289 mi).
Located few miles north of Aberdeen, Forvie National Nature Reserve has the fifth largest sand dune system in Britain, and the least disturbed by human activity. The dune system is an integral part of the river Ythan estuary. Managed by the Scottish Natural Heritage, the reserve is one the best place to admire a large range of fauna and flora. Amazing place to visit all year long.
Gourdon is another picturesque coastal fishing village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. A mile south of Inverbervie Gourdon is one of the few natural harbours along this stretch of east-facing coast. Its harbour was actually built in 1820. It is likely that a fishing settlement existed here in Neolithic times, 5,000 years ago, with residents burying their dead in the Long Cairn on Gourdon Hill to the west of the village. An impressive place to visit via the coastal trail.
Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland on the north-east coast of Scotland, about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) south of Stonehaven. The surviving buildings are largely of the 15th and 16th centuries, but the site is believed to have been fortified in the early middle Ages. The castle is run by the National Trust for Scotland. The site is amazing to visit all year long. Want to visit or to find out more??? GPS coordinates: 56.95, -2.18333