Summer Weekends | Travel

When it comes to the Scottish Summer there are not many occasions where you can whip out your bikini/swimsuit and head for the nearest beach. The summer of 2016 has been no exception to the rule.

Is it just me or is it always semi sunny/warm during the week, you know, when you are at work indoors for 8hrs a day, and when the weekend finally comes in so do the clouds!
It's like the weather doesn't want us Scots to get any vitamin D. They are actually considering giving the nation supplements to counteract the lack or natural sunlight we don't get. No word of a lie! That's how dull and sunless it can be here.

Granted it hasn't been a total wash out this year, we are relatively quite dry in the North-East compared to the West Coast thankfully. So when the weather people give us the slightest glimpse of warmth and sun during the coming weekend we try to make the most of it.

Last weekend my friend and I took advantage of the luke-warm temperature and headed on a wee adventure to Stonehaven. Situated about 15 miles south of Aberdeen it is hugely popular with tourists and families during the holidays. There's an outdoor pool right next to the caravan site and the beachfront hosts an extremely popular (and yummy) ice cream and sweetie shop. Perfect for a sunny day!

As you could probably tell the name the beach at Stonehaven is pebbled. Although it isn't the easiest to walk on and certainly not the best for lounging around on, it certainly is picturesque.

We ended up waiting an hour (totally worth it by the way!) for fish and chips, well battered sausage in my case, at the award winning chipper The Bay. Our food came packaged in a lovely box and it wasn't soggy or dried out at all even after we drove home with it. We ended our day watching 10 Things I Hate About You, because Heath Ledger. Perfect.

Now onto this weekend. A plan for a crafty day on a Sunday turned into a trip to Macduff on a Saturday. My friend who has a couple of adorable kids thought it would be a fun idea to go and visit the Macduff Aquarium. I hadn't been since I was a child myself, so was eager to see what it would be like as an adult. Must admit, it was much smaller than I had previously thought. Especially when you are trying to keep up with a two year old who wants to see everything at 100 mph.
The weather was originally meant to be dull and rainy but what a surprise we got when we arrived in Macduff and the sun was shining. In fact, I had to take my jacket off! Shock horror.

I was finding it hard to capture the moving fish. Guess my 5 year old Sony is just not up for it! I'm in the market for a new camera so watch this space.

Overall I've had a couple of lovely weekends with friends. Long may they continue.

What have you been doing during these last weekends of Summer?
I hope the weather has been kinder to you.



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