Our visit to Aberdeen in northeast Scotland was a blend of coastal walking and castle hunting. We spent two days in the area, staying in the port city of Aberdeen, exploring the vicinity.
Stonehaven: Dunnottar Castle
On day one, we spent our time mostly in Stonehaven, a small coastal town. From the town center and harbor, we hiked up and walked along the coast to Dunnottar Castle. This walk was beautiful and scenic, though windy and chilly.
On our way to Dunnottar, we stopped at a war memorial and continuing on, the views of the coast showed the icy water and waves crashing against the promontory.
Dunnottar Castle ruins was a pleasure to explore. Its location on the coast is quite nice, though we could imagine how cold it would have been living here.
After our time in Stonehaven, we settled into Aberdeen’s city center. The sun had set, and we spent our evening eating and relaxing, so I didn’t take many pictures. However, the real picture-taking was done on day two when we explored Old Aberdeen.
This old part of the city is home to the University of Aberdeen and King’s College, founded in 1495. This small section of town is a display of history mixed in with modern time. We walked around eyeing old homes and visiting the old college.
Inside King’s College courtyard
Cruden Bay: Slains Castle
We visited a small village, Cruden Bay, north of Aberdeen. Home to golfing and the castle that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Cruden Bay is also on the coast. A short walk through the woods led us out to the coast where Slains Castle resides.
This castle was the most intricate castle ruins we’ve ever explored. We can see how Stoker got his inspiration. The large castle is mysterious, spooky, and you can easily get lost in it if it was still intact. The multistory building with myriad rooms is like a maze, filled with hidden passages.
We enjoyed Slains, as both of our heads were filled with imagination. And we definitely see the resemblance of the castle conveyed in Dracula.