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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Quote of the day……
“Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.”
Norman Vincent Peale