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Craigievar Castle

An Autumn in Aberdeen

The first time I went to Aberdeen was last summer. And to be truly honest, I didn’t know much about that part of the country before.I had the chance to visit Edinburgh for a really short stay, barely 24 hours, and that was pretty much it. So coming back to Scotland was definitely on top of my list this year.

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And who would have thought that my introduction to Scottish culture would really start with Aberdeen. Since last July I kept thinking of going back. My first trip brought me to some of the most incredible castles such as Balmoral, Slains or even Dunnottar, beautiful little villages like Portsoy and experiencing the fauna and flora of Aberdeenshire in Forvie.

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After that, you would probably think you have seen pretty much everything you have to see while in Aberdeen, don’t you? Well, you couldn’t be more wrong as Aberdeen has so much more to be proud of. And this is what I was about to discover, when I landed there last month, in October, right on time to explore the region all dressed up for autumn. So if you ever plan a trip to Aberdeenshire, even for two or three nights, this is what you absolutely want to see during autumn season!

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Craigievar Castle

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If fairytale castles were real, this is how they would look like. Craigievar castle is an absolute must-see in Aberdeenshire. The building of the Scottish Baronial style begun at around 1576 and was completed by 1626.You can access to the estate for free and pay for a little visit inside the castle if you wish. The visit allows you to have access to the roof from where the view over the estate is simply gorgeous!

Craigievar Castle

The prettiest castle in Scotland

The prettiest castle in Scotland

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Cluny Castle

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If you have seen the movie « The Queen » with Ellen Mirren, you would definitely remember seeing Cluny Castle. Doubling Balmoral Castle, the private owned castle is set in one of the most picturesque and enchanting locations of Aberdeenshire. No need to say that it’s one of most desirable places for weddings in Scotland!

The prettiest castles of Scotland

Cluny castle Aberdeen

The prettiest castles of Scotland

What to see in Aberdeen

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Cairngorms National Park

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Cairngorms National Park has to be one of the most incredible places I have seen this year. I was lucky enough to be booked a tour with Braemar Highland Experience and Katie, our guide, took us to the most beautiful Scottish landscapes ever. The Queen herself regularly visits the park when she stays in Balmoral castle for her yearly retreat.  The tour lasts for about 2 to 3 hours and stops in different locations such as castles and viewpoints. I really enjoyed it and especially listening to Katie’s explanations as she is one of the most passionate persons I ever met!

What to see in Aberdeen

What to see in Aberdeen

What to see in Aberdeen

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Ballater Station

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If you are familiar with the Royals, you must have heard about Ballater. The station was ravaged by a fire in 2015 and has been completely reconstructed since then. The station was the last stopping point for the Royal Family when heading to Balmoral Castle and is now turned into a fascinating visitor attraction. If you ever stop by Ballater, don’t miss The Carriage, a lovely café in the station, to try their famous afternoon tea. A delight!

The Carriage Ballater

The Carriage Ballater

The Carriage Ballater

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Old Aberdeen

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Last time I was in Aberdeen, I only had a few hours to visit the city and didn’t make it to the old town. A real shame as it’s probably now my favorite part o the city! Young, multicultural, dynamic, old Aberdeen yet still looks like a little village inside a big city. A really interesting mix that cannot be found anywhere else in the city. Don’t miss out the university gates or Wrights and Coopers Place for some photo opportunities.

What to see in Aberdeen

What to see in Aberdeen

What to see in Aberdeen

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Candacraig House

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Have you ever been the only guest in a hotel? That’s the kind of experience Candacraig House is offering: An exclusive retreat for you and your guests in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. I absolutely loved staying in Candacraig House for a night, I know it’s not for everyone’s pocket but it still worth considering for a wedding or a big celebration party. And knowing that you slept in the same room as Robin Williams, Sean Connery or Billy Connelly is priceless, right?

Where to stay in Aberdeen

Where to stay in Aberdeen

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What about you guys? Have you ever been to Aberdeen? 

Alex
alex.zouaghi@yahoo.fr

Parisian of heart, recently Londoner and former New-Yorker, Alex, 28, teacher by day and passionate blogger and photographer the rest of the time, has developed a strong interest for travels and adventures since he decided to move to Beijing in 2011. Always ready to go back on the road, Alex is more than decided to hump on new adventures that will lead him all around the world!

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