I went home to Aberdeen at the weekend and we took a day trip out to Balmedie which has the most beautiful sand dunes and beach. If you are in the area it is totally worth taking a 30 minute drive out of the centre as you can look back on the city and the main promenade strip and then out to the North Sea. I also recommend taking a picnic as you can sit in a dune bunker and keep some of the breeze off or just go for it on the beach itself and enjoy the views. I used to come here loads growing up, either with holiday playschemes or with family so it was nice to take Mark out and show him. It was a bit different from my last visit which was a dj night that you had to find by just following the music!