Arrived in Aberdeen yesterday. I started my journey leaving Montana early Tuesday morning traveling from the smoked filled air from the fires in Glacier Park to Washington DC. My son and daughter in law live in the DC area they have a yarn shop just two blocks from their home “Fiber Space”. Wonderful shop carry a lot of merino, I picked up some samples of cashmere to make mittens. We also toured the national portrait gallery it was breath taking.
Arrived in Aberdeen at about ten am and made our way to our hotel the “Hilton Garden Inn City Centre”, this is a wonderful location, as it is centrally located, to most all the sights the city has to offer. As I couldn’t check into the room right away I left my backpack at the hotel and went exploring. Found a lovely juice bar and had a refreshing orange, carrot, kale apple juice.
As I walked on to Union Square I could hear the lovely melody of the bagpipes and sure enough there was a piper playing in the square dressed in full Highland style, kilt and all. Right off Union Street I found a Tartan shop stocked with any tartan you would ever want or need. This street reminded me of a scene from “Harry Potters “ old building made from granite with specialty shops on both sides. They have a wonderful tea and coffee shop where you may buy loose leaf tea the smell in side is delicious.
Had a great night sleep and today we took a tour to Dunnottar castle. The castle sits on a rocky outlet. So to get to the castle you have to go down about 90 steps and then back up as many to get to the castle grounds. They were able to hold off Cromwell force for eight months and it is easy to see why it is up a sheer cliff. You would have to be a hardy soul to live there the wind could knock you over and sitting on the North Sea I’m sure the have every type of weather imaginable. But the views are stunning.
We leave for the Shetland Isles tomorrow, taking an over night Ferry.
For more information on our Shetland Trips visit: www.tripsforknitters.com