Beautiful Scotland Around Aberdeen

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Beautiful golden daffodils

Beautiful golden daffodils

I want to say a ‘VERY BIG THANK YOU‘ to all of you who have visited and commented on my  recent blog posts while I was, and still am, very busy with my travels and commitments. With the very limited time when internet was available, I was just so excited to read all the comments on my blog posts and the emails which put BIG smiles on my face! I really miss everyone’s blog posts and hope to catch up soon. I still have scheduled posts to publish in the coming days including this one which I’m excited to share. It’s about beautiful Scotland around Aberdeen. This is just a little portion of what I like about Scotland. There are lots more.

Scotland is famous for many things. What I love most are the beautiful sceneries, castles, bagpipes, Scottish music, highland dancing and animals around. Scotland has a rich history.

Aberdeen is in Northern Scotland facing the North Sea and is also called the ‘Granite City‘, ‘Grey City‘ and ‘The Silver City with the Golden Sands‘. It got its name because a lot of the houses were built from granite which makes the city looks grey, gloomy and depressive in winter but beautiful in summer as the silvery specks in the granite sparkles in the sun. It is also called the Oil Capital of Europe because of the North Sea oil. Aberdeen also boasts of its 2 famous universities: Aberdeen University and Robert Gordon’s University.

In Spring, beautiful, golden daffodils are seen all over. It brings such a refreshing cheer to mark the end of the cold, miserable, gloomy winter. The sad thing is they don’t last long, maybe a couple of weeks only. I aways wish that they would last a few months like the tulips in Holland. But I’m still very thankful to experience such  a wonderful sight every year.

Streams and mountains

Streams and mountains

It’s always fun to drive out from Aberdeen city to experience the beautiful sceneries around. The vast patches of greeneries and hills around bring great relaxation to the mind. The air is also very clean and fresh. Hill walking is a very popular hobby. I have a lovely friend who just loves it. She takes it as a hobby and walks throughout the year during most weekends, even in winter.

Highland sheep

Highland sheep

The Scottish Highlands is a lovely place to visit. It is mountainous  and along the way, you will be greeted by highland sheep roaming and grazing on the hill slopes and even along the roads. Sometimes I wonder how the shepherds round them up or do they actually go home. There are also highlands cows that look very hairy and beautiful. Yet to get a nice photo. In the summer, there’ll be Highland games all over Scotland which is very fun to watch.

Refreshing stream

Refreshing stream

We love to stop by streams to picnic in the summer and enjoy the sun. It’s very refreshing even just to watch it. The water is too cold to play with most of the time. Very often we go in quite big groups where we have BBQ and games.

Seaside and birds

Seaside and birds

Seagulls are a common sight in Aberdeen. You find lots of them along the beach or hovering above the many fish factories ready to dive for any fish. They can be very annoying because of their droppings, dirtying cars and streets.

Whisky distillery

Whisky distillery

Scotland is very famous for it’s Scotch whisky. When I first came, a friend took us to visit the famous Glenfiddich distillery. A distillery guide took us around the place and explained to us the various processes to produce this world famous single malt Scotch whisky from beginning to end. It was a great experience. I particularly like the Glenfiddich Malt Whisky Liqueur very much which is not for sale outside. You can only buy it from the distillery. It is very delicious added to ‘mee suah’ in chicken soup. ‘Mee suah’ or ’somen’ is the long, white, Chinese noodles which is a symbol of longevity.

Have you ever visited Scotland? If you have, what do you like most about it? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

More about Aberdeen that you may be interested in:
Beautiful Winter Scenes In Aberdeen, Scotland

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34 Comments

the lacquer spoon  on June 25th, 2010

When it comes to “Scotland”, the most famous event for Japanese is perhaps “The Open Championship” while I love the great historical view of Edinburgh Castle :) Thanks a lot for sharing about Aberdeen. Beautiful nature and drink!!

kristy  on June 25th, 2010

Mary, those pictures are gorgeous! You must be having a wonderful time with your family. Hope you’ll enjoy the trip and have lots of fun & food as well. Looking forward for more pictures! See ya.
blessings, Kristy

Priya  on June 25th, 2010

Beautiful clicks, very pleasant to eyes..

Belinda @zomppa  on June 25th, 2010

Gorgeous! So glad you are having fun. Only thing: why didn’t you take me???

penny aka jeroxie  on June 25th, 2010

Thanks for being me ard Scotland! Seems like a very beautiful place to be in summer!

sushma mallya  on June 25th, 2010

scotland is such a beautiful place, hope to visit there soon…

divya  on June 25th, 2010

Beautiful clicks…

Drick  on June 25th, 2010

Mary, no, I have never and probably never will visit Scotland so thank you for taking me around Aberdeen. Hope you are enjoying your trip and can’t wait for your return so that we will hear of your stories…best wishes…

Jess @ Bakericious  on June 25th, 2010

wow so beautiful, hope I can b there too

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Lyndsey  on June 25th, 2010

Very interesting. Lovely pictures, love the one of the water and seagulls (which are very annoying here in Florida too). I was so close to Scotland but never made it across the border. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Jeannie  on June 25th, 2010

Beautiful photos! You must be enjoyin yourself very much. Hope can visit one day:D
Looking forward to more photos.

Cheah  on June 25th, 2010

Gorgeous scenery, so serene and beautiful. Two years back, when we travelled from Windermere to Glasgow, through the mountainous roads, the scenery was just awesome and the air was so fresh!

Arnold  on June 25th, 2010

Now I can also say I have seen a bit of Scotland. Your pics are very nice. Enjoy your travels.

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Cook with Madin  on June 25th, 2010

Gorgeous photos Mary. I’m glad you’re having a great time.

Cenwen  on June 25th, 2010

Hi Mary!

Your pictures are great and make you want to go and discover this beautiful area!

Thank you for this nice sharing!

Kisses :)

Angie's Recipes  on June 25th, 2010

Stunning pictures! The place is just breathtakingly beautiful!

sweetlife  on June 25th, 2010

great pics, I am so glad you are having fun…thanks for sharing

sweetlife

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Blackswan  on June 26th, 2010

Thks for sharing these lovely pix, Mary! Scotland will be in my must-visit list :)

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on June 26th, 2010

Great to see some of the scenery near you - I love those sheep!

Faith  on June 26th, 2010

Thank you so much for sharing these beatufil pictures, I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland! That field of daffodils is absolutely gorgeous!

skip to malou  on June 26th, 2010

great pictures mary! you must be enjoying yourself immensely. scotland is one of the places i want to see and it makes me want to see it soon because of these post haha!

cheers!
malou

TasteHongKong  on June 27th, 2010

Hmm, beautiful! Seems like I can feel the quietness and smell the clean air. Keep enjoying : ).

Yummy Koh  on June 27th, 2010

Oh no, you are making me miss my days in Scotland! I was hoping to visit Invernes one day….

DG  on June 27th, 2010

Beautiful scenery and photos.

Sook  on June 27th, 2010

Oh we were watching a movie that takes place in Scotland and Ireland and I told my husband that I want to go there for our 5th year anniversary! I made him promise! :) Looks gorgeous.

Mimi  on June 28th, 2010

Absolutely gorgeous pictures. Enjoy your travels.
Mimi

tasteofbeirut  on June 30th, 2010

The photos are beautiful! The sheep and the hills remind me of Derbyshire in England. Enjoy your vacation!

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on June 30th, 2010

Beautiful scenic pictures. Enjoy your trip !

Light Delight with TouTou  on July 1st, 2010

Oh Wow….this is sooooo pretty! you are so lucky ! Enjoy the vacation, Mary!

Ananda  on July 5th, 2010

Beautiful pic Mary…Enjoy ur vacation!

LeQuan  on April 29th, 2011

Look at all this beauty I am missing in Aberdeen. Mark my words dear friend, “one day we will meet in Aberdeen”. Such beautiful pictures you’ve taken here. Looks like a very peaceful place. And yes, I’m stalking your bloggie again :-D

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