Dining with a view around Aberdeen

The North East has many stunning sights to see, whether it’s a view of the coast, a lighthouse or some pretty scenery, and there’s nothing that I enjoy more than combining a beautiful view and a delicious meal!

The Tolbooth overlooks the pier and has the perfect view to accompany their seafood dishes.

Here are five restaurants in and around Aberdeen that offer just that.

Cove Bay Hotel, Aberdeen
Cove Bay Hotel, Aberdeen photo © Copyright Shona Lawrance

Cove Bay Hotel, Aberdeen

This family owned hotel is based in Cove, Aberdeen. Though it is located only minutes from the hustle and bustle of the city, looking out at this view you would never know. The Cove Bay Hotel is in a quaint setting and is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Tip; book in advance to ensure you get a window table.

Stonehaven harbour
Stonehaven harbour photo © Copyright Shona Lawrance

Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant, Stonehaven

The town of Stonehaven is roughly a 25 minute drive from Aberdeen and can also be reached by train (if you don’t fancy driving). It’s a coastal town with plenty to explore and we’d recommend that you don’t miss the Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant. Located at the old pier above the Tolbooth museum (which is free to enter and you should definitely check it out), the restaurant serves spectacular seafood on a daily basis. The Tolbooth overlooks the pier and has the perfect view to accompany their seafood dishes. Tip: try the Cullen Skink soup!

Banff Springs, Banff
Banff Springs, Banff photo © Copyright Shona Lawrance

Banff Springs, Banff

Banff Springs is a 4 star hotel and restaurant situated on the outskirts of Banff. As well as being an extremely popular restaurant, Banff Springs is also a great wedding venue. The restaurant boasts idyllic views of the coastline which can be seen from all around the dining room. The dishes served are some of the best around and the only problem will be deciding what to have! Tip; keep some room for desert and try the sharing desert platter – you won’t be disappointed.

View of Whitehills harbour
View of Whitehills harbour photo © Copyright Shona Lawrance

The Galley Whitehills, Waterfront Café and Fish Restaurant

Set in the fishing village of Whitehills lies The Galley Whitehills, Waterfront Café and Fish Restaurant. The view of the sailing boats from the restaurant is worth the journey alone and don’t even get me started on their mouth-watering meals (this restaurant is one of my favourites!) Tip; if visiting with children, there is a huge play park just a minute’s walk from the restaurant, next to the caravan park.

Fraserburgh Lighthouse Museum
Fraserburgh Lighthouse Museum photo © Copyright Shona Lawrance

Fraserburgh Lighthouse Museum, Fraserburgh

The Fraserburgh Lighthouse Museum is rich in history and offers daily tours. However the museum has much more to offer – there is an amazing café, which overlooks the sea. The café serves light lunches everyday but if you fancy a real treat then try out ‘Fishy Fridays’ where you can sample fish freshly caught from the sea that the café overlooks! The café is enclosed in glass panels which makes it the ideal place to enjoy the view as you sit over a cup of coffee or a meal. Tip; if you are hungry for more scenery then take a tour to the top of the lighthouse – don’t forget to bring your camera along too!

And there we have it, five great restaurants with a view in and around Aberdeen! We hope you feast on both a beautiful meal and the stunning scenery of the North East!

Shona LawranceBy Shona Lawrance
A young quine with an energetic sense of adventure but dire sense of direction! Born and bred in the North East of Scotland with a long loving appreciation of the Scottish islands.

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