Dundee, Stonehaven, and Aberdeen

Yesterday was exhilarating. The three coastal cities we traveled to were the epitome of Scottish beauty – I literally have hundreds of photos on my camera, and combined, they still don’t capture the full beauty of what I witnessed on the trip. Please, go see it yourself!

After the day trip to Dundee yesterday, I came home, went to bed, and once again, awoke at 7:30am (almost missed the bus!!!). I booked the trip alone, but luckily ran into some old travel companions, and we had an awesome time.

First stop was Dundee, a small, and frankly pretty uninteresting town, on the Scottish coast. We only stopped for an hour, and it was mainly a place to rest, grab some tea and coffee, and learn a little Dundee history.

The place is known for its “walking penguins,” seen below. [I originally thought that meant there would be penguins walking around the city. Was a little bit disappointed.]

Me and all my friends

We then headed to the Dundee Cathedral, which was pretty standard: pretty glass-stained windows, organ…the usual.

…and the streets were very quaint, with many lovely cafes, but they were all closed 😦 But to be fair, it’s a pretty lazy city in a fairly lazy country 😉 Eventually we found one that was open, and I got a small mocha and coconut lime cake. Mission accomplished.

After Dundee, we hit the main event: Stonehaven. And it was as beautiful as all of the photos on the internet suggest! First sight of the castle lining the seascape took my breath away, and the tall wheaty grass just made it all the more beautiful.

It was love at first sight.

The castle’s name is Dunnottar Castle, and it inspired the setting of Disney’s Brave. We couldn’t go inside (it’s ruins at this point), but there were so many places to explore around the castle.

Castle from neighboring hill
PC: Kind stranger

There were two paths once we approached the castle, and we went down the left one first, which led us to the beach and the sea below the castle. Stonehaven (along with the other cities we visited) borders the North Sea, so of course the water was very cold, but we found a few crabs floating around. The beach was very rocky, but they were all of beautiful colors – the green moss was a stark contrast against the reddish-brown hues of the beach.

Seaside, with the castle above us to the right

After exploring the beach, we headed back up to the hill across from the castle, overlooking the sea.

Hello from the other side ft. Scottish flag
Waterfall under a cool old bridge

After that, we headed over to our final destination, Aberdeen. In Aberdeen, two rivers meet: Dee, and Don. “Aber” means joining, and “deen” is the combination of those two river names: hence, the city’s name, Aberdeen. The city is very gray, also known as the “Granite City”, but it wasn’t a depressing gray – more of a light gray, full of life and charm. Very unique city.

Aberdeen’s Highstreet

It took us an hour to find someplace to eat (lol), but we finally settled on The Monkey House. Aberdeen is known for their Angus steaks, so I splurged a bit and ordered one. Pretty good.

Steak YUM
Trying to finish my NEEPS

In the end, we went to see another cathedral, but it had been closed since 2008, so we couldn’t go inside. However, the outside was made of granite, so it had unique, light gray stonework that was very pretty to look at.

Granite Cathedral

Finally, we made our way to the Harbor, where we found an excuse to use our selfie stick (to the amusement of passerby’s), and finally, to the beach.

And then a 2.5 hour ride home, where I slept peacefully the whole ride. Awesome weekend!

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