Travel: A day by the sea at Stonehaven

Twenty minutes south of Aberdeen by train is the beautiful town of Stonehaven.  Famous for its picturesque Dunottar Castle, with its sweeping views of the North Sea, it’s a pretty and pleasant little town.  Stonehaven is also known as the birthplace of the delicacy that is the deep fried Mars bar, and is famed for the fireballs it hosts each Hogmanay.

I spent many happy days in Stonehaven in my childhood and my youth, as its the hometown of our family friends Sandra and Frank and their children and grandchildren.  I was keen to take Matthew to Stonehaven to show him the town and was delighted when Sandra and Frank said they were free for dinner, and even happier when my mum and dad said they’d drive the hundred miles down from Forres to join us for supper.  Living at the end of the country, we don’t get together too often, so dinner with some awesome people sounded ideal.

We hopped on the train from Aberdeen, where I spotted this cute little guy made of old whisky barrels.  I have spent so much time in Aberdeen station over the years!  Platform 6N was the way to home when I was at uni, when I could afford the train fare (rather than getting the number 10 bus up).

Upon arrival we had a wee bimble through the town and down to the beach.  We had considered heading out to Dunottar, but a lie-in had prevented our making the trip in tip.  Holiday mode, man.

Just look at that moody sky!

Advice for life.  Aberdeenshire seagulls do NOT mess around!

Even on a grey day the sea and sky are beautiful.  Big contrast to London, that’s for sure!
Despite the chilly weather, we indulged in ice creams from the wonder that is Aunt Betty’s.  With ‘toppings’ naturally!

No, I couldn’t stomach a deep friend Mars Bar after that enormous ice cream (I’ve never had one, in fact), but had to get a picture of the special site nonetheless! 

After a good walk through the town we headed to the harbour where we enjoyed a couple of ales before meeting Sandra, Frank, their daughter Gillian and my mum and dad for a big, silly supper at the Marine Hotel.  Owned by the same team as 6 degrees North in Aberdeen, this place is passionate about beer and offers beer pairings for every meal of every course.  We all had a splendid meal eating way too much delicious food and laughing way too much to remember to take any photos.  A lovely end to our trip north.

Loved this subtle, light blonde beer

Fish and chips by the sea is always a good idea!

Full of food, beer, and a couple of nightcaps, we were ready to head back to Aberdeen and tuck up for a nice long sleep – the sea air had done for us. I loved spending a little time in places I’m so fond of, and hope we can head north of the border again soon before long.


  1. Lynn
    24th March 2016 / 2:50 pm

    Oh my – how I loved Scotland when I visited. That deep friend candy bar must be famous – so many people asked me if I had one. Love your photos.

    • Claire
      30th March 2016 / 9:30 am

      Thank you so much! I always have a ball when I travel north.

  2. Ms Leanne Fraser
    30th March 2016 / 10:06 am

    You can't NOT have Aunt Betty's OR fish n chips when in Stonehaven! xx

    • Claire
      30th March 2016 / 11:02 am

      Ain't that the truth!

    1st April 2016 / 10:21 am

    I definitely need to do a trip up to Scotland, just for the ice cream!!

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