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Aberdeen Pubs and Bars 14: The Illicit Still

The Illicit Still

“Hidden underground just a stone’s throw from Aberdeen’s historic Marischal College, our name comes from our history as one of the last known ‘Illicit Stills’ in the country, where whisky could be crafted undetected by the taxman!
Considered a ‘Home away from home’ by Locals and Students alike, join us for some hearty home-cooked food, an ice-cold pint, and be entertained by the best local musicians, the biggest live sport, or one of our range of board games or games consoles!”

The Illicit Still webpage

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Aberdeen Pubs and Bars 13: Under the Hammer

Under the Hammer

“Basement bar, no TV, no loud music, friendly efficient service, selection of properly kept real ales, quality reasonably priced house wines, selection of malts and gins served in 35 ml measures.
If you are looking for a well run atmospheric pub where the sound of conversation is valued then visit Under the Hammer.”

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Aberdeen Restaurants: The Tippling House

The Tippling House

“The Tippling House offers a hand-crafted imbibing and casual-dining experience in an industrial age-inspired port town tavern.

Our bartenders are skilled and knowledgable, our waiting staff charming and attentive. We have put a lot of thought into our product selection and food menu, using local suppliers and produce where possible. We hope you enjoy your experience with us, and we welcome any feedback you may have. To ensure everyone experiences the same enjoyment, we have a few simple house rules. Nothing too out of the ordinary, just common etiquette..”

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Further Afield: Glen Coe

Arguably one of the most beautiful places in the whole of Scotland, Glen Coe is about 4 hours drive from Aberdeen, near Fort William on the West coast of Scotland.

Glen Coe (Scottish Gaelic: Gleann Comhann) is a glen of volcanic origins, in the Highlands of Scotland. It lies in the north of the county of Argyll, close to the border with the historic province of Lochaber, within the modern council area of Highland. The scenic beauty of the glen has led to its inclusion in the Ben Nevis and Glen Coe National Scenic Area, one of 40 such areas in Scotland. A review of the national scenic areas by Scottish Natural Heritage in 2010 made reference to the “soaring, dramatic splendour of Glen Coe”, and “the suddenness of the transition between high mountain pass and the lightly wooded strath” in the lower glen. It also described the journey through the glen on the main A82 road as “one of the classic Highland journeys”. The main settlement is the village of Glencoe located at the foot of the glen. The glen is regarded as the home of Scottish mountaineering and is popular with hillwalkers and climbers.

Glen Coe Wikipedia page

The Massacre at Glen Coe

“In Scottish history, the glen is forever linked to the Massacre of Glen Coe, which occurred on 13 February 1692. Following the defeat of the Jacobite Uprising of 1689, an estimated 30 members and associates of Clan MacDonald of Glen Coe were killed by government forces, associated with Clan Campbell, who were billeted with them, on the grounds they had not been prompt in pledging allegiance to the new monarchs, William III of England and II of Scotland and Mary II.

In the eyes of many contemporaries, the unjustified bloodshed was not the principal crime – there had been bloodier events in the history of the Highlands than the massacre at Glen Coe – nor even the fact that survivors were forced to contend with the winter blizzard which caused many to perish while trying to get to safety. It was the fact of slaughter under trust – the breach of hospitality which also broke old Scots’ law.”

“The Massacre of Glencoe was not the bloodiest, not the most treacherous act in the history of the Highlands; but, it was murder under trust that could not be forgiven. The bond of trust, even among enemies which had helped people survive in the wild Highlands was broken for good, it was the beginning of the end; and for that all were to blame.”

David McNicoll

Aberdeen Pubs and Bars 12: Ninety-Nine Bar and Kitchen

Ninety-Nine Bar and Kitchen

“Located in the heart of Aberdeen City centre; Ninety-Nine Bar and Kitchen offers a unique drinking and dining experience to visitors and friends from near and far. Creating many home-made ingredients ranging from Gin to Jam and using seasonal, fresh and local produce, means their friendly and informed bar and kitchen teams can find a drink or meal to suit any mood or occasion.
Amity Scampi, fresh from Jimmy Buchan in Fraserburgh, North Sea haddock and Aberdeen’s own Porters gin-cured, Scottish smoked salmon showcases the best from the city’s rich fishing history and Ninety-Nine’s own Aberdeen Angus beef burgers made fresh in house from select cuts of brisket and skirt, delivers a culinary feast to show off the finest the surrounding landscape has to offer. Ninety-Nine Bar and Kitchen will guarantee you a warm welcome, a tasty dinner and a fun day or night out whatever the occasion!”

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Further Afield: The Kelpies

The Kelpies

The Kelpies are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures depicting kelpies (shape-shifting water spirits), standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, and near River Carron, near Falkirk. The sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and were completed in October 2013. The sculptures form a gateway at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal, and the new canal extension, which reconnects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the River Forth, and improves navigation between the East and West of Scotland. The Kelpies are a monument to horse powered heritage across Scotland.

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The Kelpies at night

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Andy Scott Sculptures

Photos you’ve got to take in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

From the VisitAberdeenshire blog

Stunning sunsets in Fittie

If you’re looking for breathtaking views, you never have to look too far in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire with our stretching coastline and rich countryside providing plenty of epic photo locations.  
Fairy-tale castles and iconic sites, golden sands, quirky fishing villages and majestic countryside; here are just some of the Instagrammable places you’ve got to visit and photos you’ve just got to take in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire:

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Aberdeen Pubs and Bars 11: The Stag

The Stag

“A very warm welcome to The Stag, a traditional bar in the heart of Aberdeen city centre where you can enjoy a few pints with friends. The Stag is a great meeting place for people to get together for a good time.
The food’s great too. Hearty, wholesome and appetising. Real homemade cooking using local ingredients, just the way you like it. Please cast your eye over our menu and next time you’re in town make sure you drop by to sample the wonderful atmosphere, fine food and drink that await you in The Stag.”

The Stag Website

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Aberdeen Restaurants: Nargile

As Aberdeen’s only Turkish restaurant and ambassadors of Turkish cuisine, we offer you this menu of authentic Middle Eastern dishes, all freshly prepared using only the freshest local produce, cooked to order and complemented by specially imported traditional herbs and spices.

Nargile website

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