A trip from Aberdeen to Stonehaven and Dunnotar for less than £50.
Going on an amazing trip doesn’t have to be expensive. One of my best (and least expensive) trips in my first year was the one to Stonehaven and Dunnotar Castle.
The bus (Stagecoach X7) from Union Street takes 35 to 40 minutes and costs £8.20 for a day ticket.
Stonehaven is a picturesque village on the coast, with a cute little harbour and lots of restaurants. From the harbour, a footpath leads up a slope and towards Dunnotar Castle - first through some fields and then along the coast. The scenery is simply awesome: ragged cliffs, the endless ocean and the sky in turmoil with clouds chasing after each other. The path winds along the cliffs with a few hills, but nothing like a hard-core hike. After walking for about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how much time you spend taking photographs and whether or not you climb up to a World War Two monument on the way, you reach your destination. The castle is £7 for entry and open year-round, but it’s best to check the website before leaving as it may be closed on short notice due to bad weather conditions:
Dunnotar Castle was built out of huge stones on top of the cliffs, overseeing the sea, and is (cliché alert) everything I, as a German student, expected the ruins of a Scottish castle by the coast to be. Translation: pretty impressive. After climbing the towers and exploring every corner of the castle, my friends and I went down to the pebbly beach, which is, in my opinion, the perfect place to sit on a rock, have a picnic and just enjoy the view.
Upon returning to Stonehaven, we went for Fish and Chips and a deep-fried mars bar before taking the bus back to Aberdeen. Now, I don’t know about you, but as a non-native speaker of English, I began to doubt my English language skills when I first heard someone talk about deep-fried mars bars because, well, who would be so absolutely crazy as to deep-fry chocolate bars, right? As it turns out, the Scots are, and they invented this speciality in a Fish and Chips shop in Stonehaven. They proved controversial - one of my friends hated them, and the other one ended up loving them so much that we had to go on the hunt for them back in Aberdeen. In my opinion, it’s definitely worth a try (I just love trying new things) - especially at the end of the day.
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