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Location: Aberdeenshire

Day 1 - 12 Apr 2021

Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire, Aberdeenshire

Content: During my time in Aberdeen, Scotland, I’ve been hearing people mention how hard it is or sometimes even impossible to see Aberdeenshire without a car! And yes, I’ve been guilty of thinking that as well at some point. However, spending some time doing research, I soon found out that it is very much possible! Not only to get from town to town but to go into the Cairngorms National Park, get to dozens of hiking spots, castles, hidden gems and so much more that this amazing place has to offer.

Location: Aberdeen

Day 1 - 12 Apr 2021

Aberdeen Bus Station

Aberdeen, Aberdeen Bus Station

Content: I decided to get the Aberdeen Zone 6 megarider - 7 day bus pass which covers all of Aberdeenshire. It costs £48.50 which at first I thought was quite pricey but it’s definitely worth it if you’re going to use it at least 3-4 times within the week as a ticket for just one day costs around £16. Also, renting a car for the day would probably cost the same with a week bus ticket.

Location: Ballater

Day 1 - 12 Apr 2021

Ballater

Ballater, Ballater
Ballater, Ballater
Ballater, Ballater
Ballater, Ballater

Content: I got bus 201 towards Braemar from Union Square Bus Station to Ballater. Once I got there, I went to the visitor centre to look at the maps of the local area and of course to look at the gift shop as I love souvenirs.

Craigendarroch

Ballater, Craigendarroch
Ballater, Craigendarroch
Ballater, Craigendarroch
Ballater, Craigendarroch
Ballater, Craigendarroch

Content: I then hiked up Craigendarroch Hill, about 10 minutes walk from the village. It took about an hour in total to hike in a loop. The views at the top were stunning!

Ballater

Ballater, Ballater

Content: I then walked around the village for a couple more hours before getting the bus back to Aberdeen. I visited some of the little local shops and chatted with some of the shop owners.

Location: Aberdeen

Day 2 - 13 Apr 2021

Braemar

Aberdeen, Braemar

Content: The next day I took bus 201 to Braemar from Union Square.

Braemar

Aberdeen, Braemar

Content: Once I got to Braemar, I walked I continued walking towards Auchallater, for about an hour to the start of the trail of Loch Callater.

Location: Ballater

Day 2 - 13 Apr 2021

Loch Callater

Ballater, Loch Callater
Ballater, Loch Callater
Ballater, Loch Callater
Ballater, Loch Callater
Ballater, Loch Callater
Ballater, Loch Callater

Content: Once I go the the start of trail, I followed the path to the loch which took about an hour and a half. The whole way there was beautiful and I took loads of photos of the surrounding hills, river and the friendly sheep. Once I got Loch Callater, I walked around it for a b it and then sat and had my packed lunch. It was such a lovely day.

Location: Braemar

Day 2 - 13 Apr 2021

Braemar

Braemar, Braemar
Braemar, Braemar
Braemar, Braemar

Content: I then walked back to Braemar and explored the picturesque village for a few hours.

Location: Dinnet

Day 3 - 14 Apr 2021

Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve

Dinnet, Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve

Content: The next day I took bus 201 again, but this time I got off at Dinnet. From there, I walked about 15 minutes to the Dinnet National Nature Reserve.

Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve

Dinnet, Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve
Dinnet, Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve
Dinnet, Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve

Content: I walked around for a few hours, following the different paths. I had my packed lunch by Loch Kinord and enjoyed the sun. It was such a lovely place with lots to see.

Burn of Vat Visitor Centre

Dinnet, Burn of Vat Visitor Centre
Dinnet, Burn of Vat Visitor Centre
Dinnet, Burn of Vat Visitor Centre
Dinnet, Burn of Vat Visitor Centre

Content: I also walked to the Burn O’ Vat Visitor Centre where they had some information about the area and how it was formed by a volcano. I then walked about 15 minutes from there, to Burn O’ Vat which was absolutely stunning. I had to walk through two massive rocks to get there and I was surrounded by massive rocks in a water gouged bowl, and there was a lovely waterfall. It was so peaceful.

Location: Crathes

Day 4 - 15 Apr 2021

Crathes Castle Visitor Centre and Ticket Office

Crathes, Crathes Castle Visitor Centre and Ticket Office
Crathes, Crathes Castle Visitor Centre and Ticket Office
Crathes, Crathes Castle Visitor Centre and Ticket Office
Crathes, Crathes Castle Visitor Centre and Ticket Office

Content: On the 4th day, I took the 201 bus and got off at Crathes Castle. Crathes Castle is a 16th-century castle located about an hour away on the bus from Aberdeen. I walked around the grounds and the beautiful walled garden and of course took loads of photos.

Location: Banchory

Day 4 - 15 Apr 2021

Buchanan Bistro

Banchory, Buchanan Bistro
Banchory, Buchanan Bistro
Banchory, Buchanan Bistro

Content: Next, I went to Buchanan Bistro where I had an amazing vegan shakshuka with tofu and then a duo of vegan cheeses. I also had a decaf oat latte while looking at the beautiful surrounding views.

Banchory

Banchory, Banchory
Banchory, Banchory

Content: After the delicious brunch, I walked around Banchory, which is a lovely town surrounded by rolling hills and countryside right next to River Dee. There are many things to do here including the mural trail, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, archery, golf, gliding, putting and more. Some popular walks are Scolty Hill or the River Dee Walk.

Location: Ballater

Day 4 - 15 Apr 2021

Rocksalt & Snails

Ballater, Rocksalt & Snails

Content: I then took the bus to Ballater again, where I walked around a bit and then had dinner at Rocksalt and Snails. I had an incredible meze platter and a margherita pizza which the staff kindly adjusted and made vegan for me, at Rocksalt and Snails. They have recently moved to a new location with a stunning outdoor patio.

Location: Banff

Day 5 - 16 Apr 2021

Banff

Banff, Banff

Content: I took the bus 35 from aberdeen Union Square to Banff which took about 2 hours to get there. I walked around for a few hours and then crossed the bridge and headed towards Macduff, the next village.

Location: Macduff

Day 5 - 16 Apr 2021

Macduff

Macduff, Macduff

Content: Once I got to Macduff, I sat on a bench overlooking the sea, and had my lunch.

Tarlair Swimming Pools

Macduff, Tarlair Swimming Pools
Macduff, Tarlair Swimming Pools
Macduff, Tarlair Swimming Pools

Content: From Macduff, I walked about 30 minutes to Tarlair Open Air Swimming Pool. It was really cool to see and walk around. I took loads of photos and then walked back to Macduff, where I took the bus back to Aberdeen.

Location: Stonehaven

Day 6 - 17 Apr 2021

Dunnottar Castle

Stonehaven, Dunnottar Castle
Stonehaven, Dunnottar Castle
Stonehaven, Dunnottar Castle

Content: On the Saturday, I took the video and X7 from Aberdeen to Dunnottar Castle. I did a mini photoshoot at the castle and sat on a bench to enjoy the view. This is one of my favourite castles in Scotland.m and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is visiting Scotland.

Stonehaven

Stonehaven, Stonehaven

Content: After the castle, I walked about 30 minutes along the coastal path, to the town of Stonehaven.

Stonehaven Harbour

Stonehaven, Stonehaven Harbour

Content: Once I got to Stonehaven, I walked down the beach and looked at all the art along the wall. I then went to the Stonehaven museum where I learned a lot about the history and culture of the town. And then walked around the harbour.

Aunty Bettys

Stonehaven, Aunty Bettys

Content: After that, I walked back down the beach, and had an ice cream at Aunty Betty’s. They have vegan options too! Next door, is the famous award winning Fish and Chips shop so make sure to visit there as well.

Location: Ballater

Day 7 - 18 Apr 2021

Balmoral Castle

Ballater, Balmoral Castle
Ballater, Balmoral Castle
Ballater, Balmoral Castle
Ballater, Balmoral Castle
Ballater, Balmoral Castle

Content: I took the bus 201 towards Braemar and got off at Crathie where I walked about 10 minutes to the gates of Balmoral Castle, the Royal Family goes on holiday a few times each year. I spent a few hours there as the grounds are quite big and there is a lot to see and do there.

Prince Albert’s Pyramid

Ballater, Prince Albert’s Pyramid
Ballater, Prince Albert’s Pyramid

Content: After the castle, I hiked up the hill nearby where I saw the royal cairns. At the top of the hill, I got to see the biggest cairn (Prince Albert’s Pyramid). It took about 30 minutes to hike and the views from there were stunning!