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Discovering Scotland: Travelling Through the North-East There are few places more beautiful in the world than north-east Scotland. In the north-east’s bucolic…
Discovering Scotland: Travelling Through the North-East There are few places more beautiful in the world than north-east Scotland. In the north-east’s bucolic landscapes you will find the UK’s largest national park, a huge abundance of wildlife as well as Scotland’s third largest city, Aberdeen. Here we have put together a guide for some of the best places to explore and the best things to do when in the north-east this coming autumn/winter. Wintry Castles One of the most well-known and famous castles in Aberdeenshire is Dunnottar Castle. Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress which sits on the edge of a cliff overlooking the North Sea, 2 miles outside of Stonehaven. When the castle once acted as a fortress it saw many famous names from history pass its corridors, including Mary Queen of Scots. Although in ruins today, the site is still impressive to visit – especially on a snowy winter’s day. Slains Castle Continuing in the theme of castles and history, another place of historic importance really worth a visit is Slains Castle, near Cruden Bay. Although Slains Castle is also a ruin, it is still really worth a visit. The castle is now most famous for being the place that inspired Bram Stoker, the creator of Dracula, in the 19 th century during a visit to the area. Cairngorms National Park As we mentioned in our opening, the north-east is home to the impressive Cairngorms National Park – the largest national park in the UK. The park, which sees on average 1.8 million visitors a year, is home to over 50 Munros – mountains over 3,000 feet – as well as a vast array of wildlife including the rare Scottish wildcat and the golden eagle. Cairngorm Mountain is the best-known place in winter for skiing and snowboarding; the mountain being the highest in the park means that it often holds the snow throughout the winter season. If you’re looking for some winter sports this coming Christmas, then the Cairngorms is the place to be. The City of Aberdeen Aberdeen, the third largest city in Scotland after Glasgow and Edinburgh, is known lovingly as the granite city and is home to some of the most impressive granite architecture in the world; one of the best examples of granite architecture in Aberdeen is Marischal College, owned by Aberdeen University and used by the local council. Aberdeen is also one of the few cities in the world with a beach only a few miles from the city centre, a popular spot for runners and kite surfers and a great place to go if the weather is on your side. Johnston Gardens Discover a little piece of Japan in the North-East at Johnston Gardens. Johnston Gardens has won the Britain in Bloom competition multiple times and includes a waterfall, bridge over streams and many flowers and shrubs which you could find in Japan. The area is a popular visitor attraction as well as a destination for newly married couples to get their photograph taken.
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