Thursday, September 21, 2006

Castles in the Air(rea) - 2 September 2006

Pitmedden GardenWe may have thought we had been diligent with our castle visits but we hadn’t scratched the surface. So we followed the Castle Trail out from Aberdeen.

Haddo HouseApparently there are more castles per square mile in Aberdeenshire than anywhere else in the UK and this tour featured eleven Castles. We avoided the ruins, and managed four of the remaining castles: Fyvie CastleHaddo House, Fyvie Castle, Castle Fraser and Crathes Castle, plus the very lovely formal Pitmedden Garden.Crathes Castle
Some were more elaborate than others, but all very interesting. Our favorite was Fyvie Castle.

AberdeenWhen closing time meant no more castles, we headed into Aberdeen. The city is mainly built of grey granite. Rather than looking somber, it actually looks substantial and impressive. The old centre has some beautiful buildings.

AberdeenAfter a delicious dinner at a modern restaurant, we headed down to the coast. At the mouth of Aberdeen harbour is a very quaint small, planned, fishing village called Footdee. It's a beautiful place to end the day, and watch the ships leave the harbour.

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