Our last stop in Scotland was Aberdeen and what a gorgeous city! What an amazing beach!
Aberdeen is a lot about ships, so I’d picked a hotel both because it was near the harbour where our ferry was going to arrive and because it was on a street called Shiprow. Love it! The great thing about being on Shiprow was looking out at the harbour (I love ships), and it turned out we were also right opposite the Maritime Museum which made for an easy afternoon visit.
Our first day, we got off the Ferry from Kirkwall (in the Orkneys) at 7am, so we had a whole day to (after a nap) go exploring. First stop was the beach:
Then we wandered around the city and I thought it was jaw-droppingly lovely. All the buildings in the heart of town are old, as you would expect, but they are also made from this amazing pale, gray granite. In the sun it just makes the place so bright and beautiful to look at. I find it pretty awesome that the masons carved the granite into beautiful shapes (granite is hard) and there’s so much detail everywhere you look.
The city isn’t big, but it’s very walkable and there were so many lovely corners to bump into, including a tiny fishing village on the river Dee and a shady park called Bon-Accord Tce Gardens…great name!
I loved the Maritime Museum. All manner of ship, sea, oil drilling, whaling and lighthouse stuff there to geek out about! Including message bottles that had spent decades drifting in the sea, a whale’s eardrum and everything you ever wanted to know about oil platforms. Plus a block of tea. Yes tea. So important to trade in Japan at one point it was used as currency.