Take a trip to Balmoral Castle. There are some great walks around here, and good fishing (if that is your thing) the countryside around here really is fantastic and it is all only about 2hrs drive from Aberdeen. I miss the friends that I have made during my time at University, many of them have now moved on elsewhere through work, but we still all keep in touch...
Have lunch at Crathes Castle
Crathes Castle is just outside Aberdeen (west, I believe). The owner and his wife run the place, and their two daughters are waitresses in the restaurant. I had an excellent lunch there, served by one of the pretty daughters. She told me a bit about the famous ghosts that supposedly haunt the place. More can be found here:
The enclosed gardens are very nice.
To get there, take the A93 from Aberdeen, heading towards Banchory.
Look for these wonderful small...
Look for these wonderful small houses, called 'Fitties'.
They used to be sailor's and captain's homes in the 19th century - now they are summer-houses and some are also used as a shed.
There are a lot more pics of the Fitties here under 'Off the beaten Path' !
This clean and airy restaurant is linked to the Aberdeen homeles project so some money goes to a worthwhile cause. The premises also double as a small art gallery. The menu changes all the time and is really different but the goats cheese on apricot cous cous is a winner!
St Machar's Cathedral
This is a Church of Scotland building, but of course any flavour of visitor is welcome.
One of its main features is the coats-of-arms on the celing, dating from 1520 (or thereby). Claims to be one of the best in Europe.
There has been a church here since 580...