Watch the Ships as they enter Aberdeen
Footdee (The Fitties) is a great place to watch the ships enter via the small port on route to Aberdeen Harbour.
The ships are met by a pilot boat before entry - the pilot then takes control of the ship and steers her safely through the port and continues onwards to the main harbour which is in the city.
Dunnotar Castle, 15 miles...
Dunnotar Castle, 15 miles south of Aberdeen at Stonehaven. It is a sensational ruined castle spread out a grassy promontory rising 45m above the sea, originally from the 9th Century and is where Mel Gibson played Hamlet in the film. The Scottish Crown Jewels were hidden here from Oliver Cromwell and the story can be found on display at Edinburgh Castle
Regular buses and trains to Stonehaven from Aberdeen and the South.
Phone for opening details
Coolest Place in Aberdeen
I've just realised that I haven't updated my pages in YEARS, and this tip definitely needed updating! Exodus (or, as it's now called, 'Upstairs At Triple Kirks') is my favourite place to go out in Aberdeen, almost any night of the week. Now it's part of the It's A Scream chain pubs (I didn't know that there were any clubs in the chain, but it seems there is at least this one....), which I would say would normally detract from the atmosphere and uniqueness of a place, but in this case, that doesn't seem so true. They play great music (changes depending on the night - I like Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Tuesdays best), and there's a real regular crowd that go there - often studenty, but quite a mixture of ages and different types of people, which in my opinion is always good. Casual.
The best Turkish restaurant around...
There really are so many good restaurants in Aberdeen, but my all time favourite is Nargile.
There menu range is outstanding and it is a very pleasant place. It is however, a bit on the expensive side (about an average of £12 for a main course) so we used to go there on special occasions - though I still go there when I go back, it is definately worth it..... Karides Shish - which basically translates as chargrilled king prawns with onions and peppers. The Meze is great as a starter to share between a few of you as well.
Outside the cathedral there is a beautiful graveyard. If you are interested, take your time and read some of the (real old) inscriptions. We were surprised a the fairly big number of persons commemorated on many of those stones or crosses and it touches your heart to read how young many of those people back then died.