35 Aberdeen – ElginAberdeen - Macduff – Buckie – Elgin
The 35 bus route from Aberdeen to Elgin offers a scenic tour of the Scottish countryside, passing through charming villages, historic towns, and breathtaking natural landscapes, with plenty of outdoor activities.
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Aberdeen Union SquareHow to get here
Aberdeen in the UK is known as the "Granite City" due to its many grey-stone buildings. The city's unique architecture is due to the abundance of granite in the surrounding area, which was used to construct many of Aberdeen's buildings, including Marischal College, one of the largest granite buildings in the world.
The 35 bus route is an absolute cracker, mile after mile, from Aberdeen Union Square to Elgin it offers a scenic tour of the Scottish countryside, passing through charming villages, historic towns, and breathtaking natural landscapes.
Starting in Aberdeen, customers can explore the bustling city centre, which is home to many historic sites, museums, and shopping districts. Aberdeen is also famous for its beautiful coastline and sandy beaches, which offer stunning views of the North Sea.
As the bus leaves Aberdeen and enters the countryside, customers can take in the rolling hills, lush green fields, and sparkling rivers. Dyce is one of the first stops on the route, with its beautiful parks, gardens, and nature reserves.
The bus then passes through Newmacher and Oldmeldrum, two charming villages that are steeped in history and tradition. Oldmeldrum is home to many historic buildings, including the Meldrum House Hotel and Golf Course.
Onwards the bus goes through Fyvie and close to Fyvie Castle which is a stunning 13th-century castle that offers visitors a glimpse into the grandeur and opulence of Scotland’s past.
The bus then passes through Turriff, Macduff, Banff, and Whitehills, all of which offer stunning scenery, historic buildings, and plenty of outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, and fishing. Portsoy and Cullen are also worth a stop, especially for those interested in the local history and culture.
The final stops on the bus route are Findochty, Portknockie, Buckie, and Fochabers, all of which offer stunning natural landscapes, charming villages, and plenty of outdoor activities. Elgin is the final destination of the bus route, and it is a great place to stop for a day or two. The town is known for its historic sites, including the ruins of Elgin Cathedral, the Elgin Museum, and the Duffus Castle.
The scenery in Aberdeen and Elgin is stunning. Aberdeen is situated on the coast, with stunning views of the North Sea. The city is also home to many parks and gardens, which offer a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city center. Then it’s the approach to Elgin which is surrounded by lush green countryside, rolling hills, and sparkling rivers, making it the perfect place for outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, and fishing.
A Fab Day Out!
Overall, a day out or trip over 2 or maybe 3 days on the Stagecoach Bluebird 35 route offers a unique opportunity to explore the stunning scenery, historic landmarks, and charming villages of Aberdeenshire and Moray.
Start your day at Aberdeen Union Square, where you can shop at a variety of high-street and independent stores, grab a coffee or breakfast at one of the many cafes, or visit attractions such as the Aberdeen Art Gallery, Marischal College, St. Machar’s Cathedral, and the Duthie Park.
Then, take the bus to the first stop, Dyce, which is a small town located just outside Aberdeen and is known for its beautiful parks and gardens. Visit the beautiful Victoria Park, which has a lake, fountains, and a playground. The park also has a café where you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.
Next, stop at Oldmeldrum, a picturesque village located in the heart of Aberdeenshire. The village is home to the Glen Garioch Distillery, one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. Take a tour of the distillery and sample some of the locally made whisky.
From Oldmeldrum, take the bus to Fyvie, a historic village located in the heart of Aberdeenshire. The village is home to Fyvie Castle, a beautiful castle dating back to the 13th century. Take a tour of the castle and explore the beautiful gardens and surrounding countryside.
From Fyvie, continue on to Turriff High Street, a charming market town with a range of independent shops, cafes, and restaurants. Visit the local market to sample some of the local produce and handmade crafts.
Next, head to Banff, a historic town located on the coast. The town is home to a range of historic landmarks, including the Duff House, a beautiful Georgian mansion, and Banff Castle, a historic castle dating back to the 12th century.
From Banff, take the bus to Elgin, a lively market town located in the heart of Moray. The town is home to a range of historic landmarks, including Elgin Cathedral, a ruined medieval cathedral dating back to the 13th century. Visit the Moray Motor Museum, which features a collection of classic and vintage cars. Visits to the Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere Visitor Centre, Spynie Palace, and the Elgin Museum are all highly recommended too!
For those who have more time, you can also stop at some of the smaller villages along the way, such as Portsoy and Cullen, which are known for their picturesque harbors and stunning coastal scenery.
There’s plenty of great places to stay overnight on this fabulous route if you really want to devour all that there is to see and do!
Gateway to the 35: By train from Inverness, Edinburgh, London, the North and major cities across UK on Cross Country Trains, LNER and Scotrail to Aberdeen
How to get here...
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