Autumn in Aberdeenshire

Castle Fraser

My parent’s annual trip to the North ended with a weekend in Aberdeen. After a week of wind and rain it was a pleasant surprise to get an almost completely dry and sunny few days. On the Friday we cycled a stretch of the Deeside Way from Ballater to Dinnet where we enjoyed tea and cake outside in the sunshine, keeping half an eye on big black clouds that seemed to be all around us. After a wander up to the Burn o’ Vat we headed back to Aberdeen for a fabulous evening meal at Musa. Smoked salmon pate, harissa-marinated lamb and a deliciously decadent strawberry tart filled me up nicely.

The Deeside Way or The Old Line

Ballater Kirk and Clouds

On the Saturday we had a wander through Aberdeen to viit the Winter Gardens in Duthie Park. Lunch was a sandwich at the Coffee Shop and then a trip out to Castle Fraser near Inverurie. Here the walled garden still held a decent crop of summer flowers and the inside of the castle provided plenty of interest with everything from haunted rooms to mysterious plumbing.

Walled Garden at Castle Fraser

Flowers in Castle Fraser's Walled Garden

That evening we had a homecooked meal and then the final sunny Sunday morning was spent enjoying brunch at Dulcia and then a stroll back through Victoria Park.


My Dad’s photos from the trip can be seen here on Flickr.