July 02, 2017

Exploring Scotland: Stonehaven

I'll admit, I haven't seen nearly enough of my own country as I'd like.  When my boyfriend moved to Aberdeen early in the year, it was tough to get used to but it was also nice to get to explore a new city and it's surrounding areas.

Last weekend we took a trip over to Stonehaven, a small town right on the sea for a chilled out time.  It was a beautiful day with bright blue skies and plenty of dog spotting walking along the pebbled beach.  There was plenty to do with museums, open air swimming pools and we even spotted the birthplace of the deep fried mars bar at The Carron Fish Bar.

From the seafront we spotted a huge castle up the hill so we got in our car and drove over to Dunnottar Castle which is a ruined medieval fortress (thanks Wikipedia).  I had a great laugh at my boyfriend's disappointment after he confused the visitors centre for the actual castle, only to realise the massive building far off into the distance.  For some reason the castle was closed due to weather.. which was surprising to us considering the clear blue skies but we got to explore the area surrounding.  I was experiencing a little bit of vertigo so it was probably best the castle was closed.

All in all, it was a really chilled out weekend and lovely to see another area of Scotland I haven't experienced before.  At the end of July I'll be taking part in the North Coast 500, which is a road trip said to be Scotland's answer to Route 66.  So if you'd like to join me on that journey of exploring more of Scotland, stay tuned!

Sami x

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