Why is William Wallace in Aberdeen?
I have passed by the statue of William Wallace in Aberdeen's Rosemount district many times & often wondered why this passionate patriot , who accured neither wealth or land, would be remembered in a city far North of his haunting grounds of Stirling. A visit to a web site electricscotland.com held the answer. After Wallace's trial in London for treason he was hung, drawn & quartered, his head was placed on London Bridge, his right arm was sent to Newcastle upon Tyne, his left arm was sent to Berwick, his right leg was sent to Perth & finally his left leg arrived in Aberdeen. This was done as a warning to Scots but had the opposite effect, making Wallace's famous cry FREEDOM ring round Scotland to this day.
Stonehaven and Dunnotter
A definite must!! An eleventh century castle situated on the bluffs over looking the North Sea allows one to literally feel the ages that have shaped all of Scotland.
It's a short hike (appx 2 miles) from the cozy fishing village of Stonehaven through fields and around the cliffs that provide excellent picnicking & photography opportunities. The green of the fields combined with the blue of the ocean and the black volcanic (assumingly) rock formations was quite stunning, especially with the castle ruins crowning the highest cliff over the entire scene.
Once there, the castle is literally yours to roam. Visitors are free to climb through the ruins provided they are not roped off for safety purposes. Allow at least 4-6 hours to really go through everything, and the guidebook offered at the entrance is worth every shilling.
Feel the sky.
Feel the sky. This city is famous for the natural phenomena of Aurora Borealis, or known to Aberdonians as 'The Northern Lights'. There's even a traditional scottish song that gives repect to the city and her lights. Breathtaking.
Oh the Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen,
seem home sweet home to me.
The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen,
Are what I long to see.
I've been a wand'rer all of my life,
And many's a sight I've seen,
Godspeed the day,
When I'm on my way,
To my home in Aberdeen.
1.When I was a lad, a tiny wee lad,
My mother said to me,
Come see the Northern lights my child,
They're bright as they can be.
She called them the heavenly dancers,
Merry dancers in the sky,
I'll never forget that wonderful sight,
They made the heavens bright.
2. I've wandered in many far off lands,
Traveled many a mile,
I've missed the folk I've cherished most,
The joy of a friendly smile,
It warms up the heart of the wand'rer,
The clasp of a welcoming hand,
To greet me when I return,
Home to my own native land..
Great Pub With Pretty Good Food
A really traditional pub (i.e. no blaring music or flashing lights) that seems to be quite a regulars type bar, but very friendly with it. They serve a great selection of real ales and whiskies. The food is typically pub grub, with a good variety on the specials board.
Inside is down a flight of stairs from Union Street (no wheelchair access). It is warm, cosy and can get quite busy. The atmosphere is friendly and typically Scottish.
Apparently a howff is the name for an old Scottish drinking establishment. Generous portions of all types of food - I had a great thai chicken curry. For some reason, they do not serve chips with their meals, a plus in my book.
Hazelhead - The lungs of a city
Aberdeen has many green places to visit one of my favourites is Hazelhead Park. A large open park with plenty to offer whether you come here with children to play or just walk the quiet paths. The children's play area is spacious with safe surfaces under the abundant play equipment. You can enjoy a cuppa and some light snacks in the cafe also some delicious ice cream to have in or take away served in a cone as you while away some time away from the city traffic in a much more greener environment.