Scotland Road Trip: Epic Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeen, and Cairngorms

Travel Diary
Day 1-3

Our friend 12yearsavegan wanted to go on a road trip when he broke up from University for the Christmas holidays. He asked if we would join him on a trip around Scotland. We agreed to plan most of it, so he could focus on his studies. 

Since we had already been on a trip around Scotland, we wanted to plan a trip where we could see more of what we missed the first time. We also planned the route to go in the opposite direction. The first time we drove up the West Coast. This time we planned to go up the East Coast (We didn't actually see the East Coast last time, nor anywhere north of Inverness)

12years wanted to make sure we got to the northen tip of Scotland, and we wanted to make it to the Isle of Skye to see Dunvegan Castle. We booked all our accommodation on Airbnb and we wanted entire suites as we would have to be cooking ourselves dinner in the middle of nowhere!


We researched what else was of interest and planned from there! 

We caught a train from Birmingham to Edinburgh and met 12years there. We stopped at Auld Hoose for some delicious vegan nachos before making our way to Aberdeen. 

Our first Airbnb was a lovely two bed flat in the city centre of Aberdeen. We decided to spend two nights here.
Our view from the airbnb
That evening we researched a little more to see what hidden gems we had around Aberdeen

We discovered a MUST SEE castle. We set off early in the morning and had a 30 minute drive south of Aberdeen to get to this amazing castle in Stonehaven.
It was great watching the sunrise as we tried to make the most of our short winter days. 

What was so appealing with Dunnottar castle was that it was built on a cliff. It was just amazing. It cost us £7.00 each to get in and explore the castle. We think the pictures speak for themselves over how beautiful this castle is, and why it needs to go on your bucket list!
























After exploring the castle for a good two and a half hours, we made our way to Morrisons before heading back to Aberdeen to buy some food for lunch/breakfast. Hummous is our go to food, so we stocked up on that for the day. 
We also bought some soup, but burnt soup doesn't taste very good... so more hummous it is.

Once we had eaten we headed into the city centre to check out the Christmas market and fair.
The Christmas village was nicely lit up and you could feel the Christmas cheer.




Once we finished exploring the Christmas market we went on search for a nice pub to have a drink. We wanted to give a cheers to our road trip! Upon searching for a pub, we stumbled across this huge cathedral in the city centre. We soon realised it was the pub many people had told us about visiting. The drinks were surprisingly cheap as well.
We went in an enjoyed a couple games of pool and a couple of drinks. 


The pub was really cool looking inside. It's called Slain's Castle. It was a Dracula/gothic/horror themed place.


Once we were done celebrating our upcoming road trip we headed back to the flat for the night. 

We woke up very early, as we only have 6 hours of daylight a day this time of year, so we had to make the most of it! It felt like we were racing against the daylight, in hopes we would reach our destination before it was pitch black. 


For some extra scenery we decided to drive through Cairngorms National Park on our way to Inverness.  This was a wonderful idea, as it was the most beautiful drive. 





We continued to drive towards Inverness where our next point of interest awaited us.

Continue Reading... "Scotland Road Trip: North Coast 500"

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Comments

  1. I've always been fascinated with castles and my bucket list has several castles on it. Now the list is just a bit longer, which I find delightful!

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    1. We love castles as well. If you go to Scotland be sure to check out Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Urquhart Castle, Dunstaffnage Castle and Eilean Donan Castle if you can. There is many more but these are just a few.

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  2. What lovely photos! I LOVE history so I'd love to do this and see all the castles. How amazing.

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    1. Thank you. Scotland is really a lovely place to explore and see all the castles!

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  3. Thats wo u ld be so cool to see all those castles!

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  4. I would love to go these places some day. And I love castles too! That national park looks really nice and peaceful too!

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    1. The national park was great for a lovely scenic drive.

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  5. It's one of our next expat destinations!! Love it

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  6. Dunnottar Castle would be amazing to see, it's so close yet so far from us but would love to see it sometime this spring.

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    1. I would say it is one of our favourite castles!

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  7. The pictures are gorgeous and I would love to see the castle!

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  8. This looks like the dream! I can't wait to go myself!

    xoxo
    Tyler
    http://www.feeltheesunlight.com/

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  9. I have always wanted to go to Scotland, largely because of the history. Thus I would love to go to the castle aforementioned x

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    1. Scotland is amazing. It's full of history and nature. Best Country in my opinion.

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  10. This looks like a great trip. I was in Edinburgh last January and hoping to get back that way again next year.

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  11. Wasn't that amazing! It's been a long time since I was last in Scotland and it would be nice to have a road trip just like what you guys did! The Christmas Village is one place that should not be missed this time of year!

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    1. Christmas villages are cool, we try to check them out in every city we pass by.

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  12. This is givng me some serious wanderlust.

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  13. The castle looks so cool! Beauty and history!

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  14. I have always wanted to visit Scotland! This looks like it would be such an amazing trip.

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    1. We've been twice now and both times have been amazing. We highly suggest a road trip!

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  15. Those photos are absolutely gorgeous. My partner is from the UK so I have been begging him to go to the UK, I would love to see it. I think the scenery there is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you. The Uk is beautiful, Scotland especially. I hope you get to explore one day.

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  16. Very well articulated blog. I would love to visit UK sometime as well and this would be an inspiration. Keep up the good work!!

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  17. i love the road trips and had many in India. A road trip in country like Scotland would be so amazing for me. i love castles in UK and this one is also looks awesome in pics. would love to visit some day.

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  18. I love Scotland, but then, since it's where my Father's side of the family is from I guess it's in the blood. I hope you got to Skye - and sometime, if you like castles, do go to Mull - where you can visit Duart Castle and meet my ancestors!

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    1. We did go to Skype and it was so nice. Didn't get a chance to see Mull or Duart Castle but maybe next time.

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  19. Scotland's has been high on our 'to do' list since arriving into the UK, and this makes us want to go even more! Especially a visit to Dunnottar Castle, which looks stunning!

    Thanks for stoking our wanderlust guys!

    Mark and Mim x

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    1. No problem. We like giving people ideas.

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  20. I'm happy to see Dracula themes everywhere in the world, I wish I could see more in Romania (my country) from where it all started �� nice post

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    1. Yeah we liked the Dracula themed pub. Are Romanians tired of Dracula?

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  21. I loved all the photos on your post! I'm definitely adding Scotland to my bucket list! Thanks for sharing :)

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  22. The castle and the view beyond it is truly amazing. And so is the christmas market. So, overall you had a wonderful trip

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  23. That sounds like a very relaxing road trip on a cloudy day...nature abounds in Scotland - would love to go there one day.

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    1. It was fantastic. Hope you get there one day.

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