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A Trip into Aberdeen

For anyone looking for inspiration and somewhere to go for a day trip out then Aberdeen has a multitude of options for all types of people and with a whole city to discover then I hope this blog offers you some ideas.

After leaving Braemar follow the A83 eastwards towards Balmoral and Ballater direction. The A83 is the main road leading straight to Aberdeen, without any detours, and will take on average 1hr 15mins dependant on traffic.

You will pass some familiar places on the way, Balmoral, Crathie Kirk, Ballater, Aboyne and Banchory. All worthy of a visit on another day out.

Aberdeen, being the third largest city in Scotland, has a wealth of things to do from places to see, places to eat and a whole host of interesting architecture finished in the characteristic, glistening, grey granite stone.

Parking in and around the city is made easier with the plentiful supply of easy to follow signposted parking areas.

Visitors to the city can enjoy a wide variety from golf courses, shop lined streets and modern shopping arcades to the two miles of sandy beaches on the east coast and the numerous parks making this a very green city in the sunny summer months.

Within these parks are some very interesting bridges. One of these can be accessed via Seaton Park and is the oldest bridge in Scotland, the Brig o'Balgownie or Bridge of Don. This bridge was built on the instruction of Robert the Bruce around 1320 and restored in 1607.

In another park, Duthie Park, you will find another old bridge, the Brig o'Dee. This was built in the 1520's and is decorated with coats of arms and many inscriptions. This park is also home to one of the largest winter gardens in the world.

When wandering around the city you will find many interesting buildings well worth a visit. In Castlegate you will find the Tolbooth Museum, formerly the town hall and prison, inside you will find extraordinary displays on crime and punishment including a prison cell dating from the 1600's used to imprison Scots prisoners after the battle of Culloden.

Whist in Castlegate, across from the Tolbooth Museum, you will also find the very ornate and elaborate Mercat Cross. This dates back to 1686 and signified Aberdeens right to hold a market and was built by the city guild of merchants.

From here enjoy a wander down busy and bustling Union Street which can be traced back some 200 years with a multitude of shops, arcades and cafes.

Aberdeen is also a busy fishing port and is a main ferry point for Orkney and Shetland islands as well as having been heavily involved in the oil and gas industry since the 1970's.

Another fascinating area worth a visit and away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city streets is Old Aberdeen and thoroughly recommended for a different experience. Medieval cobbled streets and buildings have a wealth of history to open your eyes and imagination. To find this area head for Old Aberdeen which is well signposted on the city street signs. This area was originally an independant town from Aberdeen between 1499 and 1891.

In the few, short examples I have mentioned above, my wish is that you may be inspired to discover this fascinating and historical city, Aberdeen, and tell others of your interesting day out.

I hope you enjoy your day out in Aberdeen and return home feeling another visit must be made to satisfy your need to see areas that you have missed on your first visit..

 

Latest News on Friday 02nd July 2021

Our toilet and shower facilities have now been open to all customers for one week now.

Customers are feeling happy and confident now that they can have access to facilities as required.

The Laundry is proving popular this year as is the drying room area.

There are signs requesting numbers to remain at a maximum of 6 people within a space at any one time, this is to keep you as safe as possible whilst using the communal facilities. Please note the laundry can only have one person inside at one time, the door has been removed to make it easier to see inside the laundry room before you enter. Face masks must be worn in communal areas as well as reception.

The weather has been very summery this last couple of weeks and the customers have been enjoying their breaks in the sun.

Some other great news to share is that Byron Bakery have taken over the baker shop in Ballater and they have kindly agreed to carry out an order and delivery service with Braemar Caravan Park.

The order list is available to view in the reception window and orders will start on Monday morning and must be in by 12noon for delivery the following morning.

 

The photographic competition is underway and some very good entries have been submitted with some funny sentence endings on them, keep up the good work !!. Be sure to submit a winning pic and sentence.

 

For all customers looking for somewhere to stop by, in the village, The Games Centre have events and food stalls set up between the hours of 10am - 4pm on each Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to visit and pick up something great to eat.

 

Enjoy your sunny weekend visit to us and enjoy the Braemar area and all it has to offer visitors.

 

 

 

 

Latest Park News at Saturday the 22nd of May

Since the caravan park has reopened on Monday the 26th of April, we have been very busy most weekends, with all hardstanding touring pitches booking out in advance. We have even had the pleasure of some hardy, early season, tent customers, who have taken the opportunity to get away and have a break, some putting up with extreme heavy showers mixed with occasional sunshine.

As most of Scotland moved into Level 2, we have opened up the toilet and shower facilities to our pod, tent and VW campervan sized units, without onboard facilities. All other customers must continue to use their onboard facilities whilst staying with us.

The hope and intention is when Scotland safely moves down from Level 2 to Level 1 that from our next review, these can then be available for all to use. Please bear with us as we move cautiously one step at a time.

Exciting news about our 2021 season photographic competition. Entries start from Saturday the 22nd of May and with a closing date of 31st of October 2021. All information is in reception window and a copy of the terms and conditions are also available by asking reception. Winners will be contacted within a week of the closing date. 

Good Luck !!

 

News Update Monday 8th March 2021

Good Morning ,

Whilst we all patiently await the next stage of the route out of lockdown, it is worth recapping the information we know to date.

We look forward to The First Ministers briefing "mid March" when we may hear more detail of further re-opening of the economy.

 

The latest information we can provide was as discussed by the First Minister during her announcement on 23rd Feb 2021.

"a return to all of Scotland moving to at least level 3, with some possible adjustments. This could mean that from the last week of April that we would expect to see phased but significant re-opening of the economy, including non-essential retail, hospitality and services like gyms and hairdressers."

We await further information regarding the reopening of Tourism in Scotland and hope to hear in the planned mid March briefing, by The First Minister, a more precise opening date.

 

The bookings diary for the caravan park is available for customers who wish to place bookings for late Spring onwards and is accessible on the main page of this website.

Further updates will be published as and when more information is received with regard to opening dates and any restrictions that may be imposed on Scotland's caravan parks, such as have been placed on caravan parks in other areas around the UK.

 

Take Care and Stay Safe and Patient at this time.

News Update Tuesday 16th February 2021

Earlier today, The First Minister has explained her intention to discuss a route map, which would safely ease the country out of the current lockdown, during her broadcast next week. 

We were all excited to hear this and look forward, with anticipation, to hear the plans next week and hope the statistics continue to head in the right direction.

Take care at this time.

 

Mainland Scotland Lockdown January 2021

5th January 2021

Following The First Ministers' announcement, yesterday, on 4th January 2021, regarding all mainland Scotland must go back into lockdown until the end of January 2021 then the caravan park must also remain closed at this time.

We will await further announcements at the end of January and the caravan park will reopen when Government travel restrictions permit and it is safe to do so.

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Aberdeenshire Level 3 Announcement and Braemar Caravan Park

Wednesday 16th December 2020.

 

On Tuesday 15th of December the First Minister announced an increase in the tier level for Aberdeenshire from Level 2 up to Level 3.

This again reduces people's ability to travel to Braemar at this time.

Invercauld Estate have informed Braemar Caravan Park that the next possible opening date could be Saturday the 9th of January 2021, due to the increased restrictions.

Customers with bookings, during this period, will receive a call from park management throughout Wednesday the 16th of December.

We thank you all for your patience and understanding at this time.

Postponement of Reopening Date 19th Dec 2020

Given the continued uncertainty regarding the Scottish Government's decision on the tier level for Aberdeenshire with Covid 19 cases remaining unstable in this council area, and also peoples inability to travel around Scotland at this time, Invercauld Estate have again requested that Braemar Caravan Park hold the opening date until Saturday the 19th of December. Customers involved will be contacted throughout the course of today, Wed 8th of December 2020.

Reopening Date Reschedule to Sat 12th December 2020

In light of current travel restrictions set in place around Scotland and the UK, which now affects a number of seasonal and regular customers and their ability to travel, Invercauld Estate have decided to temporarily close Braemar Caravan Park from 5pm Friday 13th November 2020 with an aim to reopen at 9am Saturday 12th December 2020, dependant on the Scottish Government and First Minister's decision on Aberdeenshire travel restrictions.

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Latest News From Braemar Caravan Park 24th October 2020

Latest News Update  dated Saturday 24/10/20

 

We have well and truly arrived into a Cairngorm Autumn now with blustery days, some leaves underfoot and some resilient leaves still clinging to trees with late Autumn warm tones of yellows, oranges and reds.  

 

The start of this month saw the winter seasonal pitch renewal letters issued. Forty of these were sent out to the existing seasonals. We had hoped to increase winter seasonal pitch numbers up to fifty for this year but in light of the current situation and following guidance from Invercauld Estate it was decided we would remain at forty at the present time through the 2020/2021 winter season.

Please remember that the closing date for renewal payments to be received in the office is Sunday the 15th November 2020. The sooner we know of any existing customers not wishing to renew then the sooner we will be able to extend an invitation to new customers from the waiting list.

 

The Assistant Wardens have been settling in over the last few weeks. Their names are Averil and Alan and Luna the dog. Please make them feel welcome and say hi if you see them around site or in reception. They have been picking up the ropes and are enjoying their new surroundings as they settle. 

 

As we are approaching late October, the very busy period is passing and some openings are beginning to appear in the diary for touring pitches and pods. 

Remember this year we will not be closing in November, therefore, the park will be available to book right through to 31st October 2021.

Why not enjoy a break in November before the festive month of December gets under way. Treat yourself to  a wander, for an hour or two, around the many walks surrounding the caravan park. The views from your walk on a crisp, clear day will surpass your expectations and the smells of the woodland are very refreshing, it brings back memories of a real fir tree at Christmas time, in the living room, when the doors has been closed overnight. 

 

The orders for the twice weekly delivery from Chalmers Bakery are going well. The quality of the breads, rolls  and apple tarts are as good as expected and the individual boxed orders make for a real special touch.

Orders can be placed at reception on a Tuesday by 2pm for pick up at 9am on Wednesday from reception and the same on a Thursday by 2pm for the Friday 9am pick up from reception.

 

Take Care and keep watching for the latest updates being added.