St. Elmo

64 Hilton Drive, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB24 4NP, United Kingdom
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by Marpessa

Has anyone stayed at the Aberdeen SYHA on Queen's Rd? Are there any other hostels in Aberdeen?


Re: Hostels

by LondonChris

When are you going?

I know that the umiversities have rooms available in June when the students have left.


Re: Hostels

by scotlandscotour

Aberdeen SYHA is OK. Its a typical youth hostel. Nice part of town but a fairly long walk out to.
There are no independent hostels in Aberdeen of any note. (I was a hostel inspector, so should know of them). My preference in a city would be an SYHA anyway, or college accommodation as mentioned above.
If you need any further help - just ask.

Re: Re: Hostels

by Marpessa

I will be in Aberdeen in mid-August, one night only.


Re: Re: Hostels

by AC1

Not sure if this is too late. There is a YWCA right in the city center. The exact address is 2 Charlotte Street. Just next street running in parallel to George Street.

Re: Re: Hostels

by AC1

It is call Cameron House, by the way.

Travel Tips for Aberdeen

A haggis is a small animal...

by Pod

A haggis is a small animal native to Scotland. Well when I say animal, actually it's a bird with vestigial wings - like the ostrich. Because the habitat of the haggis in exclusively mountainous, and because it is always found on the sides of Scottish mountains, it has evolved a rather strange gait. The poor thing has only three legs, and each leg is a different length - the result of this is that when hunting haggis, you must get them on to a flat plain - then they are very easy to catch - they can only run round in circles. After catching your haggis, and dispatching it in time honoured fashion, it is cooked in boiling water for a period of time, then served with tatties and neeps (and before you ask, that's potatoes and turnips). The haggis is considered a great delicacy in Scotland, and as many of your compatriots will tell you, it tastes great - many visitors from the US have been known to ask for second helpings of haggis! The noise haggis make during the mating season gave rise to that other great Scottish invention, the bagpipes. Many other countries have tried to establish breeding colonies of haggis, but to no avail - it's something about the air and water in Scotland, which once the haggis is removed from that environment, they just pine away. A little known fact about the haggis is its aquatic ability - you would think that with three legs of differing lengths, the poor wee beastie wouldn't be very good at swimming, but as some of the Scottish hillsides have rather spectacular lakes on them, over the years, the haggis has learned to swim very well. When in water, it uses its vestigial wings to propel itself forward, and this it can do at a very reasonable speed. Haggis are by nature very playful creatures, and when swimming, very often swim in a group - a bit like ducks - where the mother will swim ahead, and the youngsters follow in a line abreast. This is a very interesting phenomenon.The long neck of the mother keeping a watchful eye for predators. This does however confuse some people, who, not knowing about the haggis, can confuse it with the other great indigenous Scottish inhabitant, the Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie as she's affectionately known, I'm sure you'll agree, the tourist can easily mistake a family of haggis out for their daily swim, as Nessie, this of course gives rise to many more false sightings, but is inherently very good for the tourism industry in Scotland. The largest known recorded haggis (caught in 1893 by a crofter at the base of Ben Lomond), weighed 25 tons. In the water, haggis have been known to reach speeds of up to 35 knots, and therfore coupled with their amazing agility in this environment, are extremely difficult to catch, however, if the hunter can predict where the haggis will land, a good tip is to wait in hiding on the shore, beacuse when they come out of the water, they will inevitably run round in circles to dry themselves off. This process, especially with the larger haggis, gives rise to another phenomenon - circular indentations in the ground, and again, these have been mistaken by tourists as the landing sites of UFOs. I hope this clears up some of the misconceptions about the Haggis, that rare and very beautiful beastie of the Scottish Highlands (and very tasty too). I have included here as much factual material as possible, although there are many gaps in this subject, and some of the information has to be mere speculation. No-one has as yet been able to ascertain the sex of captured Haggis, and partially because of this, scientists assume the haggis is hermophroditic. This may also be a product of evolution, and does explain the logistic problems of bringing two haggis together - after all, sure footed though the beast is, if two were to mate on a Scottish hillside, it is a long fall down, and a slip at the wrong time may very well result in a reduction by two of the total haggis population. What is known about Haggis breeding is that, several days prior to giving birth, the Haggis make a droning sound - very much like a beginner playing the bagpipes for the first time - giving rise to the speculation that the bagpipes were indeed invented in Scotland, simply to lure unsuspecting haggis into a trap. At the onset of this noise, all other wildlife for a five mile radius can be seen exiting the area at an extremely high rate of knots (wouldn't you if your neighbour had just started to play the bagpipes?). The second purpose of the noise seems to be to attract other Haggis to the scene, in order to lend help with the birth. This also gives rise to the assumption that Haggis are tone deaf. Haggis normally give birth to two or more young Haggis, or 'wee yins', as they are called in Scotland, and from birth, their eyes are open, and they are immediately able to run around in circles, just like their parent. The wee yins are fiercely independant, and it is only a matter of weeks before they leave the parent, and go off foraging for food on their own, although it is perhaps a two or three year period before they are themselves mature enough to give birth. Most Haggis hunters will leave the wee yins, due simply to their size, but when attacked by other predators, they are still able to emit the bagpipe like sound, which again has the effect of very quickly clearing the surrounding area of all predators, and attracting other Haggis to the scene. This results in a very low infant mortality rate, with most wee yins actually making it to adulthood. The lifespan of the Haggis is again an unknown quantity, but from taggings done in the Victorian era, we know that some haggis live for well over 100 years.

Walking the Lairig Ghru

by hardclimb

In July 2005 I finally achieved a lifelong wish - to walk the lairig Ghru - a rough and remote mountain path connecting Braemar with Aviemore. I was blessed with some terrific weather and really enjoyed the experience. It can be done over a single day but I tackled it by starting around 10pm at night and bivouacking some 2 hours in from Coylumbridge.
The route is easier North to South but it is always a very demanding mountain trek requiring care, a good level of fitness, food and drink reserves , a camera ! , and of course a map and compass. Carved out by a glacier the central part of the trip will leave you with some super memories of mountain archetecture in Scotland. Enjoy .


by muse_chik

Our first afternoon in Aberdeen- Brian, who once worked here, took us to Estaminet to sit down and grab a drink after walking to the 'beach'.

Nearly empty in the late afternoon- but very packed the next night!

Estaminet is a great wee...

by katiejt

Estaminet is a great wee Spanish tapas bar, just round the corner from Marischal College, in the city centre.
There's a big fireplace at one end, and seating both upstairs and downstairs. There's also a little room at the end of the upstairs section, with sofas and a tv. Just a really nice, relaxed and Spanish atmosphere. They do a huge range of tapas (although not that many veggie ones as far as I could see....), plus ordinary meals which are pretty tasty. It's also a lovely place to come for a drink, as it's so cosy and relaxing. Expecially if you're waiting for the number 20 bus (the bus stop is across the road).

Science can be a lot of fun

by scottishvisitor

In class we had been studying toys of the past our summer outing took us to Satrosphere where we enjoyed a workshop on 'What makes a toy work' It was funny to see our moden day children could not work out how to play with a humble spinning top or a kaleidoscope even the simple pull back clockwork car had them flummoxed. Children are encouraged here to have some free play with the interactive science based equipment in the roomy playstation The Satrosphere Science Centre is open Monday to Sunday from 10.00 - 17.00 Admission charges are £5.75 for adults and £4.50 for a child Special deals are offered to School Groups with adult superivors entrance is free. They also have a cafe here in the old tram sheds which serves teas coffee cold drinks and light snacks for which you don't have to pay the entrance fee for the exhibitions.


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