In the end of February, right after my family had left Edinburgh, I took a day trip to the east coast of Scotland with a group of friends. Our main destination was the coastal castle of Dunnottar close to Stonehaven, but we also stopped by Dundee and Aberdeen. The morning looked rainy and my migraine was acting up, but I knew I could turn the day around – the weather forecast promised sunshine for the afternoon, and I had my painkillers with me.
After sleeping for an hour or so on the bus, I woke to the coastal scenery of Dundee. It was still a bit grey as we set out to have a quick peek of the town while getting coffee (and peppermint tea for me). Dundee was our shortest stop of the trip, but at least we got to see some cute little penguin statues celebrating the RRS Discovery’s (docked at Dundee) trip to Antarctica, and some impressive old buildings like the McManus Galleries (pictured below).
From Dundee, our tourist bus drove to our main destination – Dunnottar Castle. When I was planning my stay in Scotland, and spending more hours on Pinterest than anyone ever should, I had come across lots of photos of Dunnottar. Seeing it in real life felt like something that I just had to get around to during the spring, so I was just beside myself with joy when we got there, tingling with excitement. During the drive, the sun had come out and the view that met us when we arrived was just amazing. A blue sky, a turquoise sea and the ruins of a medieval castle. I felt incredibly alive.
The Storm Doris had just blown over England on the days before, and despite never really hitting Scotland, Doris did give us some pretty heavy winds. As we stood on the cliffs looking out to the castle, I was a wee bit scared that I’d be blown off to the sea with the fierce wind, but at the same time I enjoyed the feeling of the fresh sea air on my face. The only thing that the wind really messed up for us was that we couldn’t get inside the castle, as it was closed due to the wind and safety reasons related to it. I would have loved to see the old halls and towers of the castle up close, but I had to accept my fate, and so I concentrated on enjoying the truly amazing views and walking along the coast.
We had a lot of time to enjoy Dunnottar, but when it was time to leave, I still didn’t want to go. It was just incredible to stare at the endless North Sea, and how the sea and the sky blended into one in the horizon. Fortunately, we got to enjoy the sea some more in Aberdeen.
Aberdeen was the last stop of the trip. The city’s nickname is the Silver City because a great deal of its buildings are made of grey granite that shimmers in the sun, and sure enough, the city was as grey as Edinburgh is sandstone brown. I can imagine that with a grey sky the place might feel a bit depressing, but with a blue sky and puffy clouds as its background, it was actually quite charming. We walked around the city centre a bit and saw its most iconic buildings before heading for a meal at Ninety-Nine (which was a super nice bar with its mix-and-match styled interior). After some creamy soup, ice tea and cheesecakes, we walked to the beach to get the day’s final share of vitamin Sea.
One more story told, phew! Back to the present: I came back to Edinburgh from a weekend trip to the Yorkshire coast only last night, and I’m pretty tired today. Last week, I finished the work for one of my courses (yay!) but I still have the biggest portion of my animation work + some coding ahead of me. I’ll take breaks during the studying to go back to the other little adventures I’ve had during this spring and post about them. It’s crazy to think that in two weeks, I’m supposed to have finished my work (AND be heading off to the Highlands as a reward)! Time really does fly.