Aberdeen Art Gallery reopened on 2 November 2019. It’s undergone a major redevelopment over the past four years. The new look gallery now has a third level and is connected to the renovated Remembrance Hall plus the adjacent Cowdray Hall. Disclosure: Stuart Forster, the author of this post, visited Aberdeen Art Gallery during a press...
I really like kind of landscape photography, so I would say go down to Aberdeen Beach and go to the River Don’s mouth. You get a really fantastic stretching view over to Fittie (the Footdee district) on the Deeside and down to the dunes of Newburgh Beach, where a colony of seals lives.
“You get the most spectacular view of the Thousand Islands. You get to see features that you can't see from the boat or from the shore, if you're walking, cycling or kayaking. There are things you can see; like the water clarity, the depth of the water and how rapidly it changes. The perspective of the castles is second-to-none from a helicopter,” said Bill Fox, the pilot on my helicopter flight over the islands in the Saint Lawrence River.
Aiming to cycle around the lake inside of four hours while pausing along the way to view the landscape, birdlife and artworks proved a challenge. We underestimated. With the benefit of hindsight — now that I’ve climbed those hills on the northern shore — I’d pack a picnic and make a day of it. Kielder Castle, the various hides and artworks mean there’s plenty to spent time at along the way.
The Dirty Northern Bastard, right next to the restaurant I was just talking about, is a great pub. It’s a local house and used to be a hotel for miners. A long time ago they found a mummified cat in there. It’s now in a glass case and is considered the oldest pussy in the north!
The hull of our jet boat slaps down against the churning surface of the Niagara River. Jolting forward I glance up to see curled fingers of white water hanging in the air above me. The jet boat’s engine grinds and whirs, counteracting the prodigious power of the fast-flowing waterway. Then the airborne water unfurls, like a time-lapse video sequence of an opening fern, slapping me in the face.
A humpback was spotted off Newcastle in 2019. One orca was seen in 2018. Minkes are sighted frequently. I’m probably not the only passenger hoping for a repeat when Alex says he saw a pod of eight white-beaked dolphins a few days ago.
“This is their territory. This is where they live. We try to keep them as wild as we can. Even though we visit them on a regular basis they are not tame animals. They’re still wild and we respect them. It’s two-and-a-half tonnes of sudden action; zero to 60 kmph in just a few seconds. It can be quite surprising how quickly they get up,” says Norman Bourne of BlackRhino Safaris.
The castle is the biggest in England and the location of the oldest surviving lighthouse in the country. The Roman Pharos, whose time- and weather-worn remains stands next to St-Mary-in-Castro church, is 1,900 years old.
Ghetto Golf has opened at Hoult’s Yard in Newcastle. Not sure what to expect? Picture 18 holes of crazy golf over two levels, walls daubed with multicoloured street art, boozy cocktails and tasty comfort food served from a hatch. Disclosure: Stuart Forster, the author of this post, was invited to attend the pre-launch party at...