This is a very belated post filling you all in our recent autumn holiday. The first few days were in Aberdeenshire. After moving house we wanted to have a chilled out break and we definitely got this! We had 4 days in and around the Granite city. Then we holed ourselves up in a lovely little distillery cottage outside Aberlour for almost a week and the final part of our holiday was at the excellent North Hop in Aviemore (separate posts on those coming soon!). On Instagram I documented our travels with #tripleAscot which I would definitely do again – love a good holiday hashtags!
When we were in Aberdeen itself we mooched round the shops, including a trip to Homesense where we bought a number of things for the new house, went to the cinema (Murder on the Orient Express was so-so, whilst I surprisingly enjoyed ‘The Death of Stalin’ which Mr B was very excited to see) and made sure we took the opportunity to eat lots of tasty food that we wouldn’t be able to get for a while! We had an excellent meal at Yatai Izakaya where we dined ‘Omakase’ style and feasted on steamed buns, dumplings, and sushi as chosen by the Yatai staff, followed by grape and gin sorbet and truffles. It was out of this world and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it!
As well as being in the city we took a afternoon trip out to Stonehaven. We walked from Stonehaven Bay out along the clifftops to Dunnottar Castle which was beautiful on such a cold and crisp day.
Afterwards we headed to the small village (it might even be a hamlet, it was quite hard to tell as we drove there in the dark!) of Muchalls for an early evening meal at The Stack restaurant. This was the one place outside of Aberdeen on our Tastecard and we only really headed there because we couldn’t be bothered to go back into Aberdeen on a Friday night without a meal booking! However, our meal was sensational,
I am always hard-pressed to resist lamb when it is on a menu, and so there was only one option for me; chargrilled lamb rump and harissa braised shoulder served with potato galette and spiced cauliflower. I savoured every mouthful, it was one of the best times I have ever eaten lamb.
Mr B had the panfried seabass fillets on coriander risotto finished with Kaffir Lime oil and chilli caramel. There was such a lot of flavour in all elements in the dish and it was served beautifully with lots of green veg.
Based on the quality of the main courses, we both didn’t even attempt to resist dessert, and while I went for the classic Tart Tatin – Mr B went for full decadence with a plate of Valronha chocolate ganache, white chocolate ice cream,brambles and cherries.
On the last full day in Aberdeenshire we headed out to Crathes Castle. Again, it was another bright and sunny day and it was good to get a good walk in around the Castle estate.
We felt lucky with the autumn weather to get out and about in Aberdeenshire! Where’s your favourite place in Scotland during autumn?