Thursday, 29 March 2018

A to Z Dating | N is for National Trust for Scotland

N is for National Trust for Scotland!
Nargile - Nature - Night market - North Hop - NuArt

NTS Craigievar Castle

Trying to choose a date beginning with N was difficult. North Hop was the obvious choice, but we did that for F (for festival) and we'd be going to North Hop anyway, date night or not! With a little help from you guys we decided the National Trust was the way to go.


Craigievar Castle

We're spoiled for choice with NTS properties in Aberdeenshire with the castle trail, and estates like Haddo House and Pitmedden Garden. Top of my list though, was Craigievar Castle near Alford. We'd driven past it numerous time and I'd admired it in many Instagram posts, but never actually had the chance to stop by.

snow at Craigievar

Unfortunately the castle itself was closed for the season but we did explore the grounds. There are 2 walking routes you can follow - we chose the hill trail. It was a steeper climb than we expected and fairly blew the cobwebs away on a crisp, sunny Sunday afternoon. There was still patches of snow on the higher ground!

National Trust for Scotland Craigievar castle

Craigievar is a beautiful building and I can see why it's so popular. Apparently it's the inspiration behind Disney's Cinderella castle - it is very fairytale-esque with it's towering pink exterior!

Craigievar pink castle

Cognito on the Corner

Our unexpected hike helped us work up an appetite so we headed into Aberdeen for a bite to eat. You'll find Cognito on the Corner - the latest in the Cognito empire - at 1 Mid Stockit Road, where the old Bank of Scotland used to be. It looks incredible and I'd been dying to visit since it opened!

Cognito on the Corner booths
Fierce beer very berry

There were no tables available when we arrived but we were happily seated at the stunning marble bar. I sipped a very berry Fierce Beer while we looked over the menu - designated driver Gordon was on the Nanny State!

Cognito sunday roast

The Sunday roast was a no brainer for me. They'd run out of the "roast of the day" though and could only serve the chicken between two, so Gordon sacrificed his burger and shared with me - extra husband points to him!

roast chicken cognito on the corner

Luckily the dish was cooked to perfection and Cognito have nailed the presentation. It wasn't quite as good as the Wilmington's Sunday roast but it did have one thing that their's didn't - skirlie! Good old fashioned Scottish oatmeal stuffing, you just can't beat it.

sunday roast at cognito

Gordon finished with a mocha, while I sipped on a Colonsay gin perfect serve - it's surprisingly nice with the orange and chilli! Cognito has an extensive Scottish gin list that I'd love to work my way through. The Mile High Club gin flight is a steal at £14 for 3 premium gins with fever tree tonic!


I'd highly recommend Cognito on the Corner as a date night destination - have you been?
And where are your favourite National Trust properties?

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