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Looking for suggestions: Pitlochry->Aberdeen & coast Edinburgh->Aberdeen + practicalities

Hi everybody!
I am coming to Scotland in mid-October and visiting Edinburgh, the Cairngorms and the Shetlands.
I am now looking for possible stops in little mountain/countryside/coastal villages worth visiting and out of the beaten track - who better than you could suggest me wonders not to miss? : ) :3
Basically I have one day to spend while going from Pitlochry to Aberdeen for catching the night ferry to Lerwick + one day at my return, from Aberdeen to Edinburgh... Love wondering in nature and quaint little towns. And fishermen villages are just my thing :) Distilleries could be another option... 
Any idea? I was looking into Pittenweem, Anstruther and Crail maybe...
I rely on public transport, so the easir it gets by train, the better... 
Thanks a lot for stopping by and reading, looking forward to receiving hints from you :)

ps. about practicalities... what can I expect in terms of weather around that time of the year? Also, what to bring for passing the night on the ferry Aberdeen-Lerwick? Sleeping bag? Not really sure what to expect, just seats, right?


  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Our resident Pitlochry expert might have some suggestions for you -  @fishypro can you help?
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • fishyprofishypro Member ✭✭✭
    Hi @Pantsara, How long are you in Pitlochry for? How many hours / days?
    Have you already planned your transport? How do you want to get from Pitlochry to Aberdeen? Over Perth & Dundee?
    Let me know the answers to the above and I can help you out around the Pitlochry area.

    Best regards
  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    Within Aberdeen, you could take the time between the train arriving and the ferry departing (if any) to visit the Footdee area which used to be an old fishing village.

    Near Aberdeen, I would strongly suggest taking a stop at either Stonehaven or Arbroath. They are towns but fishing is a mainstay for both of them and the latter is very well known for it's specific type of smoked fish called Smokies. If you have a weeknight to spare, I would recommend looking at Fraserburgh north of Aberdeen. Takes 1:45 by bus and I think you would enjoy it.

    The stops you've noted in Fife (Pittenweem, Anstruther and Crail) are fantastic on the way to Edinburgh. I'd also Kirkcaldy to the list. Just make sure the weather isn't too wet :)
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  • ClydevalleyClydevalley Member
    It is Scotland so I would expect and prepare for 4 seasons in one day! 😂 Yeah the ferry is just seats/couches u can just crash out on! 👍
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