The secrets of Old Aberdeen
Are you still deciding whether to make your way to Aberdeen for May Festival this spring? Let us help make your mind up…
The diverse festival, taking place from 25-27 May 2018, sets up its festival home each year in the University of Aberdeen campus. The festivals’ charming backdrop and one of Aberdeen’s oldest settlements, Old Aberdeen, makes visiting this festival even more attractive as you can also tick these things off your travel bucket-list:
Absorb Scottish history. Take a step back in time (to the 14th century to be precise) as you explore this ancient settlement. Two of the most notable historic buildings you will find on these cobbled roads are; Kings College – the forerunner to the University of Aberdeen founded by Bishop Elphinstone in 1495. And the beautiful 14th century St Machar’s Cathedral – the oldest cathedral in the area. Legend has it that Scottish patriot Sir William Wallace is a permanent resident here (or at least past of him) – his arm is said to be interred in one of the cathedrals ones, the spot is marked by a carved star.
Go sightseeing. Your one stop shop to seeing lots of Aberdeen’s hidden gems in just one place - Kings College, St Machar’s Cathedral, The Chanory, Seaton Park and Brig O’Balgownie. You’ll not just find history here though, but also the contemporary perfectly blended with the longstanding; you might notice that the glass building, Sir Duncan Rice Library, stands out in Old Aberdeen’s skyline.
Eat a picnic in scenic settings. Finally, make sure you pack a picnic as if the sun is shining you will for sure want to be out on the King’s lawn on in nearby Seaton Park enjoying a bite to eat.
For more information about May Festival visit www.aberdeenfestivals.com/our-festivals/may-festival and if you’d like to find plenty more inspiration about what to do in Aberdeen during your stay head to www.visitabdn.com.