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Aberdeen – friendly and tasty

Remember the competition we had together with VisitScotland last year for our Norwegian bloggers? The two lucky winners Asbjørn Wille and Liv Brekkenes won a 3 day trip to Aberdeen City and Shire. A couple of weeks ago, we posted Asbjørns trip to Aberdeen and now it’s Livs turn. She brought her friend Mona Myhran along and here’s their story.

“Aberdeen is mainly known for its agriculture and oil industry, and not exactly for being a typical tourist destination. It was therefore quite a surprise to discover that this city has a lot to offer. You just have to give it a chance.

What impressed us most were the friendly and welcoming people we met everywhere, and the beautiful and stunning architecture. The churches and cathedrals were magnificent, and the small brick houses with the pipes on the outside walls and the chimneys on the roofs are really something else from our houses in Norway.

We had a great Indian meal in Cinnamon restaurant on Union Street and some tasty whiskys in the Grill Bar, also on Union Street. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to visit the city beach nor the Maritime Museum. That’s on the list for our next visit!

Stonehaven – Lush and green

Our first stop driving south of Aberdeen was Stonehaven. Famous for being the birth city of Robert William Thomson who invented the rubber pneumatic tyre, the little fossil Pneumodesmus Newmani and an art deco swimming pool. An outdoor swimming pool in Scotland may seem bizarre, but it is heated to 27 degrees and was great.  We visited in rain and beside the impressive design, watching the safety guard under her umbrella made us remember that we actually were in Scotland.

Fortunately the weather changes quickly, and walking at the beach in sunshine is fantastic. Surrounded by green, steep cliffs, blue ocean and gardens filled up with colourful flowers. The lush and green landscape was one of the things that amazed us, but as one of the locals we talked to said, with typical Scottish humour – the only positive outcome of all the rain.

Spectacular view

We also recommend a visit to Dunnottar Castle. It’s a really impressive ruined fortress with a great historical story. The history tells that this has been the hiding place for the Scottish crown jewels after they had been smuggled out from Edinburgh when the English invaded. The crown jewels are back in Edinburgh, but the remains of the castle is well worth the visit.  The view is spectacular and with a location on a cliff 50m above the sea, it is obvious that the fortress has been difficult to access. The castle has a story going back to 400’s and with more than 1300 years of history it is one of the most fascinating castles in Scotland. Dunnottar Castle was also the setting for the movie Hamlet from the 1990’s, starring Mel Gibson.

For visitors information and opening hours, please visit www.dunnottarcastle.co.uk

Our wonderful days in Scotland were finally set in Edinburgh where we enjoyed the Edinburgh Castle, the Modern Museum and the last day of the annual International Festival. Theatre groups, musicians and artists from all over the world filled the streets with their performances. It was a lovely atmosphere.

Want to visit the places Liv and Mona went to? Check out the links below to find them on our Britain Map:
Dunnottar Castle
The Cinnamon restaurant
The Grill bar
Edinburgh Castle



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Blog Winner – Asbjørn goes Aberdeen

Last year, VisitScotland held a competition for Norwegian bloggers where the prize was a 3 night trip to Aberdeen City and Shire with Eastern Airways. We pulled two winners who each got to bring a friend. The lucky winners were Asbjørn Wille and Liv Brekkenes. Congratulations!

Asbjørn took his wife with him, and this is about their experience from Aberdeen City and Shire.

My wife and I visited Aberdeen during the Easter holiday and we discovered that Aberdeen is an exciting city. We also got to travel around and see its beautiful green landscape. We stayed at Jurys Inn, which is a top modern hotel in the heart of the city and it’s a part of Union Square – a huge shopping centre.

At the airport we were met by a friendly and service minded lady from Avis and we prepared ourselves to start driving on the wrong side of the road for the very first time. We were a bit nervous, but after great success in the first roundabout we felt fine. Driving in Scotland was in fact a pleasant experience.

On Saturday, after a good Scottish breakfast, we were ready to explore the city. We took a taxi to the lovely Seaton Park and walked from there. There were many charming streets, small beautiful cottages and great architecture. Aberdeen is also a city where you can really shop till you drop! You’ll find everything from the big fashion boutiques, shopping centres, charity shops, small designer houses to local street markets.

While in Aberdeen, we made sure to try some haggis and it was much better than we had expected. But we had the best dinner at the restaurant at the Jurys Inn hotel. The meal was fantastic and deserves a star.

Sunday was our big day on the road. In our Avis car we started early in the morning and our first stop was at the beautiful Stonehaven – this is a must-visit town. It’s difficult to describe by words – you just have to see it for yourselves. After Stonehaven we drove to Dunnottar Castle. What a location and what a view.

Next stop was at Crathes Castle and Garden. A couple of lovely ladies from the National Trust for Scotland (NST) took us on a guided tour and told us interesting stories about the castle and its items. We also visited the famous Glendfiddich distillery in Dufftown.

Our trip to Aberdeen and Shire was a great success. It was great to explore, taste and see this part of Britain. We fell in love with Scotland and its people. Hopefully we will be back soon. You just have to visit Aberdeen.

Below you can see which places Asbjørn and his wife visited in Aberdeen. (Click on the names to find it on the map.)
Jurys Inn Hotel
Union Square Shopping Centre
Seaton Park
Glenfiddich Distillery
Dunnottar Castle
Crathes Castle and Garden

Liv Brekkenes, the other winner, will soon share her experience from Aberdeen City and Shire. So keep checking the blog.


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Norwegian bloggers – win a trip to Aberdeen!

Are you a Norwegian blogger with dreams of becoming the next big travel writer? Do you have a sense of adventure, like to travel and then tell all of your friends and family about your experiences once you’re back home? If so, then what are you waiting for?  Get blogging!

VisitScotland is calling all Norwegian bloggers to put their skills to use to win a 3 night Scotland trip to Aberdeen and surrounds to become the national tourist board’s ‘Aberdeen and Shire blogger’.  

So if you’re a social networking enthusiast with a passion for prose, take to your keyboard and say in no more than 30 words, why you should win a trip to become our Aberdeen City and Shire blogger.  Not only do you win a trip to Scotland with Eastern Airways, but we want you to write a blog about your adventures on your return, where you will be given a guest spot on Mind The Gap during April for you to inspire others to follow in your footsteps.

So if you think you have what it takes to become our winning blogger, you and a companion of your choice can enjoy a 3 night stay in Aberdeen’s Jury’ Inn which is only a short walk to the shops where you can spend your shopping discount vouchers.  You will also get an Avis rental car and a National Trust Scotland pass so you can drive around and visit all the gardens of stunning properties like Craigievar or Fyvie Castle. For more information on Aberdeen City and Shire and to double your chances to win a trip to Aberdeen, please click here.

The winner will be selected on 31st January 2010 and the prize must be taken by 31st March 2010.  By taking part, the winner agrees to blog in no less than 400 words about their trip on Mind The Gap by 31st April 2010. 

By entering your 30 words below in the comments box, you agree to our terms and conditions which can be viewed here. Remember to sign your comment with your full name and the city you live in.

The best of luck to all you Norwegian bloggers out there!

– Hanne –


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Last chance: Compete and win!



For those living in Denmark and Sweden, these are happy times! Why? We have three seperate competions going on there right now.

In Denmark you can win a trip for two to Aberdeen, where you get to stay at the luxurious In the LoopSkene House and see a koncert with traditional scottish musicians Runrig. All you have to do is answer a few questionson our competition site. You have until sunday to compete.

In the meantime in Sweden, there’s a movie frenzie going on. First of all, we’re giving Swedes a chance to win tickets to the new quirky british satire In the Loop. The competitions ends today, so hurry and compete before it’s too late.  Secondly, you can compete for year passes to Stockholm Film Festival, where you can choose from a variety of movies like Fish Tank, Le Donk and Scor-Zay-Zee and The Unloved. SFF_20_small

So, if you live in Denmark or Sweden – Now is your last chance to compete!  

Good luck!

– Towe –


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Six new reasons to go to Britain this autumn!

New routes to Britain editedAutumn is almost here and that means winter schedules starts. And this autumn the airline schedules have a lot of new routes to Britain:

From October 25 Norwegian is expanding their flights from Bergen to London.

Ryan Air is expanding their routes with two brand new routes this season. On November 4 Ryan Air starts flying between Torp (Olso) and Edinburgh in Scotland three times a week. On November 5 the new route from Skavsta (Nyköping) to London Gatwick opens. Ryan Air will fly this route once a day and tickets are already available for booking.

EasyJets new route between Copenhagen and Manchester will be scheduled six days a week from November 4.

Finally Cimber Sterling is expanding their winder schedule with a new route and more frequent flights on an existing route. From October 26 passengers can fly from Copenhagen to London Gatwick six days a week. On the same day the new route from Billund to Aberdeen starts flying, also six days a week.  

So there you have it – Six new reasons to go to Britain this autumn!

 – Towe –

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