The nights are getting longer and spring is in the air. It’s a good time to plan an Easter break, savouring the fresh blossoms in the flower beds and newborn animals in the fields. At Skene House we’d like to make your Easter break as rewarding as possible so we’ve gathered together a host of activities and insider knowledge to make the most of your escape to Aberdeen and shire.
When Spring arrives it’s time to think daffodils, tulips and crocuses. Aberdeen city is renowned for its parks and gardens winning Britain in Bloom multiple times, it currently holds the title in the City category. Its headline parks, Duthie Park and Hazelhead Park, feature a mix of botanical gardens, playgrounds, acres of grassland and imaginative floral planting, but some of the city’s smaller parks are also ideal for experiencing spring blossoms. Johnston Gardens in the west of the city, is planted with rhododendrons, spring bulbs, heathers and alpines. The ponds are full of irises and visitors may spot aylesbury, mallard and muscovy ducks enjoying the streams, waterfalls, ponds and rockeries. In Old Aberdeen the university’s Cruickshank Botanical Gardens boast shrub borders, a rock and water garden, sunken garden, rose garden, herbaceous border and an arboretum. And within walking distance of the Skene House Whitehall apartments are the Union Terrace Gardens which bring a splash of floral colour to the heart of the city. Look out for the grand floral crest depicting the city’s coat of arms.
Easter is about new life; lambs, bunnies, chicks and eggs! Drop by Easter Anguston Farm near Peterculter to get up close and personal with a range of farm animals and wildlife. Just fifteen minutes from city centre the farm is run by north-east charity VSA, it also has a fantastic playground and cafe so a great family day out. Lambing starts at Doonies Rare Breed Farm near Nigg in March and April. There are also pigs, horses and cattle to meet on this 134 acre site. Drop by the farm shop to pick up some of the farm’s own Longhorn beef. Or if you’re looking for something more central then Pets Corner is a great attraction within Hazelhead Park. Reopening for Easter 2017 it houses rabbits, chinchillas, miniature donkeys, tropical fish, ducks and peacocks. The park itself has a playground, cafe, rose garden, woodland walks and a range of sculptures to admire. As Skene House offers free parking for its guests it’s an easy option to have the benefits of a city break with scope for a day out in the countryside if desired.
Easter is also about chocolate. Aberdeen has dedicated chocolatiers, within walking distance of the Skene House properties, ready to indulge and impress visitors to the city. Cocoa Ooze on Belmont Street offers chocolate making workshops, you can buy a range of delicacies in its shop or indulge in a chocolate afternoon tea in the cafe. Another finger-lickin’ option is the newly established Hardy’s Chocolates, bringing Belgian chocolate to Aberdeen’s Rosemount Viaduct. As well as truffles, lollipops and bars it also stocks chocolate pizzas! With over 30 flavours to choose from customers can create their own range or select a pre-selected gift box. Just decide if you’re feeling a bit nutty or a bit fruity.
A spring break is a chance for families to come together and celebrate over good food. Each Skene House apartment has its own fully furnished kitchen so guests can good up their own Sunday lunch at very reasonable prices in the comfort of their own accommodation. But if you’d rather someone else did the cooking and washed the dishes then book a table at the Braided Fig on Summer Street. This city centre restaurant is walkable from all the Skene House apartments but it’s particularly close to the Holburn property. Available from 12.30-9.30pm it serves up joints including roast beef, chicken, pork, ham, roast lamb. Children can enjoy the same tasty roast at half price for a half portion. And for those who wish to head into the country perhaps consider the carvery at the Deeside Activity Park which dishes up Aberdeen-Angus beef straight from Cairnton Farm.
If you’d like to take part in some traditional Easter activities then the National Trust for Scotland can be relied upon to hold numerous egg hunts across its impressive portfolio of castles in the area. Aberdeen city also has a diverse range of churches in which to celebrate Easter. Do drop by the VisitAberdeenshire website to find out what else is going on during your stay.
Skene House has three central Aberdeen properties offering a range of one, two or three bedroom accommodation. Each one combines the space and convenience of a serviced apartment with the luxury of a hotel, so guests can expect their own kitchen, free parking, complimentary breakfast (if you book directly with us), 24 hour reception, complimentary teas and coffees in our lounges and a courtesy free drink at the Whitehall and Holburn properties. We’d love to welcome you for Easter so for more information about our Spring leisure breaks please find out more here, call +44 1224 659 392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.