Aberdeen Beach, Aberdeen
When we’re asked to think of our most relaxing location, it often includes the sound of the sea lapping at our feet. So it’s no surprise that eHarmony’s Kirsty and Christopher think the best place for a first date is beside the shore, on Aberdeen’s stretch of sandy beach.
A walk along Aberdeen beach carries you along its sandy lengths from the harbour to the mouth of the river Don. It’s the perfect place to calm your nerves, enjoy the bracing sea breeze and keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife – you might even catch sight of dolphins out at sea. Get a closer look with one of the wildlife cruises, or if you’re a keen bird-watcher there’s plenty to see if you continue on to Donmouth Nature Reserve.
If the weather’s warm, a picnic on the beach makes for a romantic start to a relationship. Or if it’s a little chilly (let’s face it, we’re in Scotland) there’s plenty of restaurants along the esplanade to offer you shelter from the elements. Not to mention, a cinema and ice rink if you’d like to escape the sea wind altogether.
“It’s a very special place to me as it was the first date we had after saying ‘I love you’ for the first time,” says Kirsty. We bought ice creams from one of the many cafés and walked along the sea front. We talked for hours and played in the sand dunes until the tide came in, and then we sat on the grass by the beach and talked some more. It was the perfect day and the perfect date.”
There’s plenty of websites to help you plan your visit, but Visit Scotland have lots of information on the wildlife you can expect to see as well as the entertainment on offer – www.visitscotland.com.
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