Provost Skene's house is a small free museum hidden away in the centre of Aberdeen. The house was built in the 17th. Century & is a one off in the city. During its long history it has seen many owners, the most famous being George Skene, a wealthy merchant who was Provost from 1675 - 1685. The house was used as a billet for Hanovarion Troops during the Jacobite rebellion. Much later in 1953 the late Queen Mother opened this grand house as a museum.
His Majesty's Theatre is known locally as damnation - but you won't be damned today if you visit this fine Edwardian theatre. HMT as it is locally known plays host to all the top London shows after they visit Edinburgh. The theatre also sees performances in Opera & Ballet as well as local plays & of course the Annual Student Show. HMT first opened its doors on the 3rd. December 1906, designed by Frank Matchim the interior has seating on four levels. There were major refurbishments in 2004 - 2005 creating a restaurant, coffee shop & corporate hospitality rooms. Free parking after 6pm can be found at Denburn car park behind the theatre on Spa Street. I have added another picture from our last visit which was to see the very funny Rocky Horror Show, even the bar staff dressed up for this one = we didn't, but it was a lot of fun.
The Church was built between 1682 & 1754 but an earlier Church stood here, established by a Papal Bull in 1157., recently, the Church has unvieled a secret and lottery funding has been put into finding the remains of an even earlier church dating back to 1060. Only a small part of the 1157 church remains and can be found inside at Collison's Aisle.
It has an interesting and very old Kirk Yard where many famous Aberdonians have been laid to rest.
The locals use it as a picnicking spot in summers and a short cut from shopping in Union Street to shopping at the Bon Accord Centre.
Three important buildings stand shoulder to shoulder in Aberdeen's Rosemount district known locally as Education, Salvation and Damnation. The first is the Central Library (Education) a fine building constructed with Kemnay granite, a local stone from bygone quarries. The library has an interesting archive section which can be viewed by appointment. The second picture gives some idea of Central Library's size & its sparkling granite in the sunshine.
St. Marks is the second building in the Rosemount trilogy. This Church started its Salvation as the South Parish Church built in 1892. Later on in 1972 the Church merged with two other local Churches namely Union East & Belmont Church creating a new name - St. Marks. The church is a classic design by the architect A. Marshal MacKenzie. St. Marks has a high dome modelled on St. Pauls in London. A. Marshal MacKenzie was the Scottish architect who also designed Australia House in London.
The Castle Gate is home to the Salvation Army's Aberdeen Headquarters - known as the Citadel. It was once the home of a Castle which was destroyed in 1342 hence the name Castle Gate. This magnificent building always reminds me of a fine old castle but in reality it was built as a Mansion House. When the winter sun shines directly upon this building you see the full effect of of a dramatic change from cold grey granite to the warmer colour of pink granite.
There are a lot of pubs and restaurants around this pedestrianised market square. In bygone times there was a weekly market, today, markets are still held here but not frequently, usually during the pre Christmas period, just as well really - the market spoils the view.
Braemar in Aberdeenshire is a great little village - very touristy in summer but close to a lot of beauty - Mountains rivers and isolation - according to road signs very popular with bikers!
Go up to the Linn of Dee, a favourite beauty spot to see the tumbling waters and track where the River Dee starts and ends in Aberdeen. Braemar is also famous for the biggest Highland Gathering in Scotland, this is the gathering the Royal Family attend.
Union Terrace Gardens are sunk well below the street levels of Union Street, Union Terrace & Rosemount. The gardens have entrance points from all three streets. I call it Stark Park in Winter but I will revisit in Spring & Summer. A recent visit to Union Terrace Gardens saw the glories of Spring.
The beach has a wide promenade popular with walkers - joggers - skateboarders & generally families spending time in the fresh air.
Lots of cafes & restaurants line the street side. Great ice cream parlours & childrens' amusement park nearby.
The rough waves of the North Sea are a great adventure for jet skiers & surfers.
Aberdeenshire is CASTLE COUNTRY. There are lots of castles to visit. This one is Crathes Castle near Banchory.
Crathes was home to the Burnett family for 350 years, but now belongs to the National Trust for Scotland. The original castle was built in 1323. The present castle was built between 1596 to 1600. Crathes is fully furnished & has strong connections with Robert the Bruce. Unfortunatlly no photography is allowed inside which is true in most of the National Trust's properties.
If the weather is unpleasant with cold and rain, then the Winter Gardens in Duthie Park is a good place to visit. Inside it is nice and warm providing a good environment for the many and varied exotic plants, flowers and trees. You can meander your way through pretty paths which criss cross little streams and see many water features. Children love the Gold fish pond and throw in some pennies for good luck. Visitors can see the gardens free of charge but there is a donation box for money to help with the upkeep and most visitors oblige by leaving a small sum.
"The precise origins of Highland Games is unknown but in all probability they derived from the trials of strength, speed, agility and skill which were commonplace at the various religious fairs, military musters and cattle fairs of medieval and early modern Scotland. " Quoted from VisitScotland.com
Well... this is famous Scotish attractions. Held annually at various locations. You will definitely able to find one if you come here during summer/falls season.
Definitely worth to visit at least once during your stay.
There are many available, I will just recommend one which is around the corner. The Lonach Highland game. More details can be found from their website. http://www.lonach.org/
The Art Centre houses a fine collection of fine local art. You can buy prints & postcard as well as gifts depicting some of the art collection. The art centre has a licensed snack bar selling light meals & snacks. It's FREE so do stop by.
You can visit the Lighthouse & have a chat with the Harbour Master - he can tell you which ships are arriving & when. Most ships are Off Shore Supply Boats & Ferries & some cruise ships.
On the left of the picture is the Silver Darling Restaurant with great views over the sea & towards Torry.
The cinema complex at Aberdeen Beach has many different sized theatres showing different movies.
They have the usual sweetie shop where you fill a bag with very expensive sweets & usual coke & hotdogs not forgetting the popcorn.
The complex has a nice airy bar upstairs for a drink before or after your film.