There are many possible day trips from the city of Aberdeen during which you can explore the beautiful surrounding area.Â Here are my ideas for three great Aberdeen day trips, based on my Summer 2010 Scotland Blog Tour and an earlier trip to the area.Â You could do a bit of a hybrid day out, taking in some elements from each of the three suggestions.
The lovely Aberdeenshire countryside in August
The town of Alford lies around 25 miles west of Aberdeen.Â It’s home to theÂ Alford Valley Railway where you ride on the narrow gauge railway to Haughton Park. There are events such as Teddy Bears Picnics on Wednesdays in August and Santa Specials in the run up to Christmas.
The Grampian Transport Museum is also in Alford.
I loved the carvings in the pink granite boulders which sit just outside the Alford Valley railway station.
Pig and sheep stone carvings in Alford
Take the Aberdeenshire Castle Trail
Crathes Castle and Garden
Follow the Malt Whisky Trail
On the Malt Whisky Trail you can visit seven working distilleries including Glen Grant,Â the Glenlivet and Cardhu. As a teetotaller and being short of time on my way to Elgin, I only had a quick look around the Glenfiddich Distillery. As I walked down from the car park, I was almost knocked out by the pervasive strong whisky odour.
I hope I’ve given you some ideas for enjoyable Aberdeen day trips.Â If you have any favourite routes/places to visit in Aberdeenshire, please leave a comment.