Great Places to Visit in Aberdeenshire County and Scotland
Described as a magnificent 16th century second largest granite building in the world, the Marischal College was founded in 1593 and was formerly the seat Aberdeen University. The buildings of Marischal College continued to be used for academic purposes until the mid-20th century and less and less until the early 2000s. Marischal was the second of Scotland's post-mediaeval 'civic universities', following the University of Edinburgh, created without Papal bull and with a more modern structure and a greater resemblance to the Protestant arts colleges of continental Europe. Offering a medieval to modern British and European architecture and design, this ancient building has a lot of culture to offer for visitors who wish to take a step back from the bustling city life.
On the shores of Loch Ness lies the ancient ruins of Urquhart Castle founded in the 13th century. Urquhart played a role in the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century. It was subsequently held as a royal castle, and was raided on several occasions by the MacDonald Earls of Ross.The buildings of the castle were laid out around two main enclosures on the shore. The northern enclosure or Nether Bailey includes most of the more intact structures, including the gatehouse, and the five-story Grant Tower at the north end of the castle. The southern enclosure or Upper Bailey, sited on higher ground, comprises the scant remains of earlier buildings.
The Legend of the Loche Ness Monster (Nessie)
Take a drive to the legendary Loch Ness, home of the fabled Loch Ness Monster whose sightings generated world wide interest and scientific investigation. In Scottish folklore, the Loch Ness Monster or Nessie is a creature said to inhabit Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. It is often described as large in size with a long neck and one or more humps protruding from the water. Popular interest and belief in the creature has varied since it was brought to worldwide attention in 1933. Evidence of its existence is anecdotal, with a few disputed photographs and sonar readings.
You will also enjoy a boat ride down the 23 mile (36 km) long Loch (Lake) Ness also known as the largest fresh water lake in Scotland and England.
From the serene shores of the Loch Ness travel to the hustle bustle of Aberdeen City. The Union Square is a modern shopping centre which boasts of a large range of continental shops and a variety of eateries. The centre contains a covered shopping mall and retail park. Located on Guild Street and Market Street, the development adjoins onto the side of Aberdeen railway station and a new Aberdeen bus station creating a transport hub.The mall houses more than 60 shops, over fifteen restaurants, a ten screen 2,300 seat Cineworld cinema (the largest in Aberdeen)
Toolbooth Museum (Castle street Aberdeen off Union Street)
An ancient 17th Century jail, the Toolbooth Museaum is a fascinating and best preserved building in Aberdeen which tells the tale of Janet Walker, the most famous inmate who was convicted of witchcraft. She was also known as The Fittie Witch. Janet Walker was strangled then burnt for being a witch. Burnings were rare in Aberdeen except in 1597 when King James the VI encouraged a witch hunt. That year 20 people were executed for witchcraft. The Tolbooth Prison Museum Aberdeen has opened its doors to Paranormal Investigators and Ghost Hunters enabling them to go ghost hunting at Aberdeen's Tolbooth throughout the year.
Dunnottar Castle, Stone Haven
Located about 30 minutes drive away from Aberdeen is Dunnottar Castle, a majestic medieval ruined fortress that was home to the Earls Marischals, once one of the most powerful families is Scotland. Dunnottar is best known as the place where the Scottish crown jewels, were hidden from Oliver Cromwell's invading army in the 17th century. Dunnottar's several buildings, put up between the 13th and 17th centuries, are arranged across a headland covering around 1.4 hectares. The dominant building, viewed from the land approach, is the 14th-century keep or tower house. The other principal buildings are the gatehouse; the chapel; and the 16th-century "palace" which incorporates the "Whigs' Vault".