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Pitmedden Garden & Museum Of Farming Life

The Great Garden,is the centerpiece of this property,that was originally laid out in 1675 by Sir Alexander Seton, 1st Baronet of Pitmedden. The elaborate designs of the original 17th-century setting have been carefully re-created. The Museum of Farming Life is included in the 40 hectare (100 acre) estate, presenting a vivid picture of the days when the horse was the power that drove the workforce. A stroll in the wildlife garden, or woodland area will work up an appetite for relaxing at the picnic area or enjoying a welcome cup of tea in the Visitor Centre, completing a pleasant visit.

The Gordon Highlanders Museum

For anybody interested in the history of one of Scotland's most famous regiments, this museum provides a fascinating insight into the lives of the brave men, who fought for their country and its future. Reopened in 1997, it contains a number of exhibitions looking at the regiment's service from the Napoleonic era, through two world wars and into the 21st century. Among the many exhibits are original uniforms, medals, weapons, hands-on interactive displays and original documentation, allowing you to truly peek into soldiers' lives of long ago. There are regular changes of temporary exhibits too. A tea-room and gift shop are on site and a beautiful garden sits behind the museum, dedicated to the memory of all those Highlanders who died in combat — a fitting tribute. The museum's opening hours vary according to season.

St Machar's Cathedral

This cathedral dates from 1131 and was rebuilt in 1532. It has been the home of various faiths, having started as Celtic, then Roman Catholic, Episcopalian and now Presbyterian. There are some fine ceilings and carved panels which accentuate the beauty of the interior, and the cathedral features a striking facade which is admired by all those who venture here.

Duthie Park and Winter Garden

Scenic gardens, a reindeer park, Japanese water garden, and a cactus house make up these spectacular environs. The gardens were opened by Princess Beatrice in 1883 and house plants from all over the world. There's a fine Victorian bandstand at the center and numerous monuments and sundials.

Brig 'o' Balgownie

Fashioned out of both sandstone and granite, this was the original Bridge of Don until the modern bridge assumed the name in the 19th Century. The structure was finished in 1320, thanks to the input of Robert the Bruce who required an open route of communication with the North Eastern communities. Approximately 18 feet (5.48 meters) high and 12 meters (39 feet) long, the bridge was renovated in 1605 by the burgh and remains a symbol of Scotland.

Footdee (Fittie)

Along the beach esplanade, at the harbor mouth, visitors can get a vivid picture of times past in Footdee (known as "Fittie"), a perfectly preserved 19th-century fishing village. The distinctive low houses with their windowless backs facing the sea, were essentially built as Aberdeen's first planned council scheme. The neat squares have retained their sense of community, and are given character by the colorful tarry huts and scattered artifacts (lifebelts, shells and model ships) which decorate homes and gardens.

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