Union Terrace Gardens

An artistic amphitheatre overlooked by ancient architecture, Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens offer city centre symmetry and serenity. It is like entering a future world with one eye on a prestigious past. Recently reopened after a major redevelopment, the gardens provide a gentle respite from the city centre crush above, with a grand entrance staircase, tranquil […]

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Victoria Park

Victoria Park offers a taste of tranquillity in the heart of Aberdeen, a mirage of botanic bliss. A floral chorus of colour captivates the park visitor. Situated within the elegant Rosemount area of the city, the park was named after Queen Victoria and dates from 1871. A sonnet of simple symmetry, the park is laid […]

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Aden Country Park

Aden Country Park, near Mintlaw in central Buchan, offers a variety of charming riverside or woodland walks. Mature trees tower above like nature’s guardians. Paths wind through the trees, over bridges and by a chorus of blushing bluebells. The River Ugie glides through the park like a sparkling jewel, singing its lullaby of peace. The […]

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Strichen Community Park

The Buchan village of Strichen sits at the foot of Mormond Hill, and features a delightful community park run by volunteers. A lake provides a home to swans and ducks. On my visit it shimmered in the sun, a vision of timeless beauty. One could imagine secret treasure hidden within its depths, and Buchan ballads […]

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