Aberdeen Beaches – Aberdeen is a coastal city, and you don’t have to travel far from the three city centre Skene House properties to feel the sand beneath your feet. Here’s our guide to beach life, Granite City style…
The city centre beach is less than a ten minute drive from Skene House, or hop onboard the number 15 bus. It’s definitely worth it. Aberdeen beach showcases miles of sandy coastline, it offers a walkway ideal for promenading, dog-walking, jogging, or for children to cycle or scoot. The beachfront is lined with seaside cafés including The Pier, Sand Dollar, Inversnecky, and the quirky Highland Bus Café. If you’re travelling with family, then the kids will love Codona’s. A lively fairground with an outdoor amusement park (featuring dare devil rides as well as gentler attractions for wee ones), Smugglers Cove Adventure Play, Pirate Island Adventure Golf, 10-pin bowling, pool, a video games arcade, Vertigo Aerial Assault Course and the 4D Motion Ride ‘Dino Safari’ – it’s a day out that leaves children all shook up, dizzy and delighted. Next door, Queen’s Links Leisure Park offers a Cineworld Multiplex Cinema, and a great range of dining options, such as TGI Friday, Frankie & Benny’s and Bella Italia. Feed the crew in family friendly eateries before hitting the beach once more.
If you, or the kids, aren’t exhausted by now, then head over to the Beach Leisure Centre. This epic pool complex has four flumes, rapids and a wave machine. Next door is the Linx Ice Arena. Public sessions welcome all, but look out for Toddler Skating when toys and helpful penguins let little ones gain confidence in the slippery conditions. A final high-octane option is Transition Extreme. We’re talking a skate park, BMXing, skateboarding, climbing wall and ropes course. Phew!
To take things down a gear, take a meander around Footdee (pronounced Fittie). This historic fishing village, complete with attractive cottages and idiosyncratic, colourful outhouses, is a calming setting just feet from the breaking waves. Finally, nip up to the Torry Battery for some dolphin spotting. The RSPB holds an annual Dolphinwatch, providing binoculars, spotting scopes, information about the dolphins and activities for families. Join the Dolphinwatch team Thursday-Sunday, 11am-5pm (weather permitting) from April 11 – August 18 2019.
If you wish to leave the city then Aberdeenshire boasts 165 miles of coastline. There are many beaches to explore. The small town of Stonehaven, 15 miles south of Aberdeen, is a highly recommended option. Stonehaven has a renowned open air heated swimming pool (heated is key here!), excellent ice cream parlour and a famous fish & chips shop. Don’t miss the old-fashioned harbour and pubs, or the dramatic Dunnottar Castle perched on a clifftop.
Balmedie Beach is known for its stunning sand dunes. Just ten miles from Aberdeen, this sandy beauty spot has 1700 metres of boardwalk to assist visitors navigating through the coastal wilderness. The park is part of a dune system that stretches 14 miles from Aberdeen, so lose yourself in the dunes reminiscent of a blustery desert.
The Sands of Forvie is a National Nature Reserve. Only sixteen miles from town, it’s ideal for seal-spotting. The mouth of the Ythan Estuary is the place to witness chilled out seals basking in the sun. The reserve covers almost 1,000 hectares of sand dunes and dune heath, and it’s home to a rich mix of seabirds including eiders, terns, wildfowl and waders. It’s also a site for historical finds: the shifting sands once revealed the half-buried remains of a 12th century church. Whether it’s wildlife, chic cocktails or buckets and spades at the ready, Aberdeen’s beaches offer rich pickings. Return, sleepy from the sea air, to your one bedroom suite, or two or three bedroom apartment, complete with fully furnished kitchen and living room. It’s the suite life, the natural way, at Skene House. Skene House provides guests with free city centre parking, strong wifi and the option to book a B&B rate. And don’t worry about bringing sand home with you, it’s part of the adventure. For more information get in touch at skene-house.co.uk, phone +44 1224 659 392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.