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Discover Aberdeen’s hidden gems with a staycation

Many of us still have lots of annual leave to use up after holidays being cancelled and uncertainty around travel continuing. With some travel restrictions still in place and worries about going abroad, people are choosing to stay at home and make the most of what is right on their doorstep. 

In Aberdeen we’re very lucky to live in such a scenic area of the country with plenty of hidden gems to explore and enjoy at home.

With so much to see and do on the coast, it is little surprise that Aberdeen has recently been named as one of the top two places in the UK for a coastal staycation. We’ve made a list of some of the top things to do within close proximity to Grandhome to inspire your next weekend or holiday.

Explore the outdoors with a local walk

Make the most of picturesque Aberdeen in Autumn by exploring some of the most scenic places the city has to offer.

Old Aberdeen

A 10-minute cycle from Grandhome, transport yourself back in time in Old Aberdeen – one of the hidden gems of the city. An independent town from 1499 to 1891, Old Aberdeen is home to a medieval cathedral and bridge, 15th Century buildings and the fifth oldest university in the world.

Follow the Old Aberdeen trail to find out more about the history of this part of the city and take in the scenery that the area has to offer. 

Donmouth Nature Reserve

Part of Old Aberdeen is Donmouth Local Nature Reserve, where the River Don meets the sea. A walk around the reserve gives you the chance to spot a wide range of local wildlife including seals and seabirds.


There are many places in Aberdeen that have social distancing measures and precautions in place to keep visitors safe.

City of Aberdeen Gin Distillery

If you enjoy gin, why not take a trip to the City of Aberdeen Gin Distillery to try some locally distilled gin? Try some gin samples, go on a distillery tour, attend gin tasting masterclass or distil your very own gin at the Gin School Experience. Bookings should be made in advance and social bubble bookings can be made on request.

Aberdeen beach

Whatever the weather, Aberdeen beach is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Enjoy a long walk along the beach (keeping your eyes out for dolphins!) to Footdee, a tiny fishing village which is one of Aberdeen’s hidden gems with a mix of colourful cottages and sheds. Stop for a refreshment at one of the many cafes and restaurants along the beach front to enjoy a hot drink while overlooking the sea, or get an ice cream from The Pier for the true holiday feel.

Codona’s has a whole host of activities to enjoy, from mini golf to go karting and bowling to amusement park rides, there’s something for everyone. Codona’s has strict social distancing measures and hygiene protocols in place to keep everyone safe.


Royal Aberdeen Golf Club is the closest golf course to Grandhome. With views across the sea, where better to play a round of golf – whether you’re experienced or a beginner.

Something for all the family

After months at home, you may be running out of things to do with the children during school holidays but don’t worry, there are plenty of local hidden gems to keep children entertained.

Wynford Farm Park

Less than 20 minutes from Grandhome, Wynford Farm Park is nestled in the countryside providing all of the family with a fun day out. Find out more about how a farm works, meet the animals, ride on a tractor, or play in the adventure playground and enchanted forest. Children will also get the chance to pet and feed some of the animals, while finding out more about these animals and how to look after them.

Spy Mission Treasure Trail

Take a family spy mission and try to find the treasure with a self-guided Spy Mission themed treasure trail. With clues on local buildings and monuments, follow the map to crack the code.