Aberdeen was compact enough to explore in a day, so I decided to take a trip out to the nearby Cruden Bay, which was 26 miles (42km) north of Aberdeen to walk around the coastal trail.
I alighted near the Kilmarnock Arms Hotel, where Bram Stoker (author of Dracula) used stayed back in the 1800s. It was a quick 5min walk to the nearby beach, where a group of were hanging out.
I got onto the trail to Slains Castle (follow the signs and walk past the car park), which is a skeleton of what it was. It is believed to be the inspiration behind Dracula.
From the castle, I took a little jaunt to Bullars of Buchan…
A word of warning. It can get pretty muddy so do wear proper shoes and don’t be a muppet like me in my sneakers! Sneakers and socks were basically all covered in mud and I spent half an hour in the hotel brushing the mud off my toes and sneakers.
I walked further and ended up at Longhaven’s Cliff Reserve, where there was a quarry. I did venture on for another 20min or so before getting lost (the trail seemed to sort of trailed off?!). I was panicking a little as it started drizzling, so I decided to turn back and hitch a ride back to Aberdeen from Bullers of Buchan. Phew!