Aberdeen – A Home For Golfers

Royal Aberdeen Golf ClubAberdeen, a destination which is an extended hybrid of the Highlands has grown off the back of the Trump Scotland development situated in between two already established world class links course, Royal Aberdeen host to 2014 Scottish Open and Old Tom Morris designed World Top 100 course Cruden Bay. Together with the array of championship links golf courses, the region is proudly home to many of Scotland’s famous Malt Whiskies and a number of castles including Dunnottar Castle, recently nominated as Scotland’s 8th Wonder of the World. A golf experience with friends or a family retreat Aberdeen and outer Aberdeenshire really has it all.

Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

Host to the 2014 Scottish Open this golf course,  very much in the city offers some of the most spectacular true Scottish Links experiences you can find anywhere in Scotland. Founded in 1780 making it the 7th oldest golf club in the world brings with it huge historical significance only matched by the quality of golf on offer. The first 9 holes has you heading North playing in among daunting sand dunes on the edge of the North Sea. Finer links holes you may well struggle to find. Enjoy a formal welcome in the club house with superb views over Aberdeen City, a bustling business hub to the North Sea oil and gas industry.

Trump International Golf Links

Like Castle Stuart and Kingsbarns before, establishing a world class golf course among countless other established courses at The Home of Golf is a feat. The creation of Trump International 7 miles north of Royal Aberdeen on the same spectacular dunes, has enhanced the neighbouring historic courses and ultimately placed Aberdeen, the golf destination on the world map. Unsurprisingly the ‘Trump Factor’ like many of Donald Trump’s developments has seen significant investment into getting the best service and experience possible. Play Trump and really experience a Scottish golf experience. The beauty of this development is the lack of ‘Trump’ surroundings in the way it consists of  no real estate development and no glass waterfalls. As a golfer, you must experience the course and judge the course on its individual merits. In essence a Trump service, in Scottish golfing beauty.

Cruden Bay Golf Club

For years Cruden Bay has been described by visiting golfers from around the world as the most enjoyable course on their itinerary. Old Tom Morris certainly played around with this Championship layout in 1899 having been commissioned by the Great North Railway to provide a golf course to holiday visitors. A blind par 3, bathtub green, elevated tee boxes all set in the dunes which form the Bay of Cruden by a sleepy fishing village. A true unique golfing experience on that golden sand coastline, on the same great dunes 12 miles North of Trump International. I challenge you to stare out of the fabulous Cruden Bay clubhouse, with the unforgettable vista, holding your favourite cold tipple and argue that Cruden Bay, thanks to Old Tom Morris wasn’t golf at its most enjoyable.
Base yourselves in Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire and have the three before mentioned courses together with other lesser known courses such as Fraserburgh and Murcar on your doorstep. For the longer itinerary Carnoustie, St Andrews, Castle Stuart and Nairn are all easily accessible by road.
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Aberdeen – Things To See And Do

Aberdeen is a fantastic city to visit. Rich in history and culture, Aberdeen has plenty to offer the discerning tourist. From beautiful beaches to high quality art, from monumental architecture to peaceful gardens, it would be a dull person indeed who could not find something to fascinate and please them in this ancient yet vibrant town. Below are listed just a few of Aberdeen’s attractions.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Aberdeen Art Gallery is small, but fascinating. Housed in a beautiful example of nineteenth century architecture, the gallery comprises a breathtakingly impressive collection of glorious art, including works by such greats as Raeburn, Hogarth, Reynolds, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Bacon to name but a few. The gallery is world-renowned for the quality of its collection, and it makes the most of its assets with an excellent display, comprehensive notes on the pieces, and a vibrant programme of exhibitions and special events. The gallery also does its best to showcase up and coming talent, and frequently plays host to touring exhibitions. This gallery is really quite a gem, and must be visited by anyone wishing to make the most of their stay in Aberdeen.

The Linn O’Dee

The Linn O’Dee is a truly beautiful waterfall, favoured by Queen Victoria for its tranquil yet majestic glories. The word ‘Linn’ refers to either a waterfall or a rocky pool, and the Linn’O Dee has both in abundance. The river Dee tumbles down a channel and cascades into pools within an enchanting woodland setting. This beauty spot is rightly famed, and well worth a visit for anyone wanting to sample the glories which the fresh Scottish outdoors has to offer. The Linn O’Dee is a short drive from Aberdeen, so you may need to hire a car, or find someone to drive you if you are not insured to drive on British roads. Finding the Linn is easy, however – simply head to Braemar (comprehensively signposted), and then follow a B road to a bridge. From there it is no distance at all to a conveniently located car park, from which you can take a pleasant walk through the gorge, following the sound of the crashing waters.

Duthie Park

Duthie Park is a great place to go if you have kids. Containing two children’s play areas, this is very much a family park, with frequent family activities such as lake boating and other events put on throughout the year. Duthie Park is also home to the David Welch Winter Gardens – one of Europe’s biggest indoor gardens, and well worth the visit. Succulent foliage, heady tropical blooms, gorgeous floral scents and a wonderfully lush collection of vegetation makes this a truly brilliant experience for anyone – horticulturalists will be in heaven! Legend has it that the talented Aberdeen gardeners have even managed to grow a talking cactus

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Aberdeen Maritime Museum is a must for anyone who wishes to know more about this fascinating town’s history. So intricately linked are Aberdeen and the sea that the maritime history of Aberdeen is pretty much the history of Aberdeen itself. Many of the exhibits are thrillingly interactive, bringing the history of Aberdeen’s semi-symbiotic relationship with the sea to vivid and vibrant life. The museum is open six days a week, and frequently hosts special events so be sure to check out what’s on there when you arrive. To make a museum trip even more worthwhile, admission is completely free.

Balmedie Beach

Balmedie Beach, to the north of the town, is part of the beautiful Balmedie Country Park. A peaceful stretch of sand at which the North Sea pounds, this beach has won numerous awards for cleanliness and overall enjoyability. Riders frequently canter their horses through the wavelets, and anyone is welcome to relax and enjoy a pleasant stroll over the sands. Further inland, children’s play areas, toilets, and picnic areas can be found.

St Machar’s Cathedral

For a sense of calm, peace, and tranquil awe, a visit to St Machar’s Cathedral may be in order. Even for the non-religious, the sense of history and peaceful atmosphere within this beautiful space are palpable. It is a monumental building, yet it is in no way intimidating. Those who care for it are very friendly indeed, and will be happy to give you a short tour of the building should you so wish. The wood carvings and architecture are simply stunning. Entrance is free, but you may make a donation if you want to.

Plenty to See and Do

These are just some of the experiences Aberdeen has to offer. There is much more besides in just the town itself – while the county of Aberdeenshire is home to some of the most beautiful and interesting places in all of Scotland. So make the most of your trip, and enjoy your stay!

 

Knowing Your Legal Rights As A Renter

When you’re a renter it’s important to know what your legal rights are. If you don’t you can get taken advantage of by your landlord. In a a dream world all renters and landlords will get along perfectly and all disagreements will be solved very swiftly. However, this isn’t always the case. Although, in some cases the relationship does work and progress very smoothly. 

In this article, we’re going to break down the most common rights that you have as a renter so you can ensure that you’re protected and don’t get taken advantage of if the worst does happen.

Although, renters right do differ from state to state we’re going to cover some of the most common rights that you should have, regardless of where you reside.

1. Cannot be denied rental upon certain characteristics

You cannot be denied the right to renting a property due to any of the following characteristics: religion, family status, nationality, race, sex or disability. If you do get denied based upon any of these characteristics there’s a good chance you’ll have a case on your hands.

2. Housing must be hospitable 

When you rent a home or apartment the home must be in compliance with all housing codes and any other local laws. The building must be completely habitable and be structurally sound, be sanitary, have electricity and heat, and also have adequate water. 

3. Security deposit limitation

A lot of times there is an upper limit on how much you can be charged for your security deposit. This differs state by state, so it is worth checking if you feel you are being charged too much. 

4. A landlord must give notice before entry

A landlord should give you, the renter, at least 24 hours notice before they enter your premises. The reasons for entry into your property can usually include the need for repair and emergency within your residence.

5. Rental agreements cannot be changed without consent

If there any amendments done to your rental agreement they need to be done in a legally justified manner. They cannot be done without your acknowledgement and agreement if you already signed the lease.  

6. Landlord violations can lead to a break in the rental contract

If the landlord violates any lease terms that are related to your health, or safety, including things like necessary repairs, then you might have legal justification to break your lease terms. Obviously, this depends on the terms of your lease. If you are thinking about doing this it’d be wise to consult with a lawyer beforehand. 

7. If the landlord imposes on your life you may have legal grounds 

If you have a landlord that invades upon you rife to the point where they’re making it miserable for you, you may have a legal ground to move forward with a case. This is considered “constructive eviction”, which is illegal in most states. 

I hope this article has been helpful and you have a better understanding of what makes up your renter rights. When you take the time to know and understand your rights you’ll be well equipped if the worst case scenario between you and your landlord does arise. 

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http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/renters-rights

Zane Schwarzlose writes for Alamo Injury Attorneys, a personal injury law firm in San Antonio, Texas.

Hiring A Minibus For A Private Event

As a wedding planner, one of the smartest bits of advice I’ve ever given a couple is to hire a minibus. That’s right – forget the flowers, the cakes, the dancing – if people don’t arrive safely and on time, and get home safely afterwards, pall is cast over the whole wedding.

Rehearsal Dinner

Maybe you have maps printed off for each of the members of the wedding party. They can see where the venue for the rehearsal dinner is located, and how to get there. But, what about Grandma and Grampa? They’re not here, yet? They just got lost, and were 30 minutes late. Maybe your auntie stopped at a yard sale on the way, but the last half hour has been terrible.

After the dinner, maybe Uncle Louie is to sauced to drive, and belligerent about it, to boot. This is why I always recommend hiring a minibus for private events. You can load everyone onto the bus at the wedding venue and get them all to the restaurant on time. You can then deliver them safely home afterward. They can pick up their cars when they’re sober.

Bachelor Party

The same applies to the bachelor party. I’ve actually expanded my business to help plan for safe transit to and from the bachelor party, so that there are no tragedies on the eve of the wedding.

Family Reunion

Maybe now you can see how this tactic can apply to other private events. Hiring your own, private shuttle to the airport or train station can safely bring family members to the rendezvous point, pick them up at hotels, and deliver them back to their hotels safely after the festivities.

Convenience

Think about it from your end, as a visitor to a strange area. Say you’re going to meet up with a bunch of friends at a well known location, and carpool. You’ll follow each other to the destination, each car loaded to the max and burning petrol by the carload. Or, you can hire a minibus to meet your group at the meeting spot. Everyone loads onto the minibus, and you all arrive at your destination at the same time, with less petrol expenditure. It’s much more convenient than forming an envoy in unfamiliar territory.

Safety

Hiring transportation for your event is also much safer. Driving on unfamiliar roads is dangerous, at best, but when most event serve alcohols, you’re adding a dangerous variable to the situation. With paid transportation, you can be assured that your guests arrive safely home. It also helps to keep cars off the road, which is always safer.

Expense

Skip the expense of multiple rental cars and parking permits. Many family reunions, for instance, have a budget to which each family member contributes. Use some of this money to hire the transport, and the guests won’t have the added expense of taxis and petrol. Give the idea a thought, and you’ll see – hiring transportation for your party makes good sense.  

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Steve Holt likes to talk about opportunities that can save you money. He is currently a part time mechanic for a company called Falcon Vehicle Solutions. He maintains some of the minibuses they have in use.

Why Marquees Can Be Great For A Family Gathering

Family reunions, anniversary parties, birthday parties, and weddings are all great for families to get together. Most of these events require a great deal of careful planning if you want them to run smoothly. When you plan this event, there is a simple step you can take to greatly improve the accommodations around the venue for the gathering. Your family gathering can be more comfortable and easier to find simply by renting a marquee.

 

Public Spaces

Many city parks will have a pavilion that you can reserve for your family gathering. However, if you don’t beat everyone else to the pavilion, your plans may be defeated. That’s not necessary, though, if you rent a marquee. The rental company will come out in advance of your party and install the marquee. This not only will provide an obvious gathering place for your family, it will also mark the territory were your family will be getting together. It can be disastrous to plan your party at a certain place in the park, only to arrive and find that someone else “beat you to it”.

Private Gardens

So often, you have plenty of garden space to hold your gathering, but no facilities for guests. A marquee may cover most of your garden, but it will create the cover you need to enjoy the festivities. Food, drink, dining, and even dancing can be installed under the marquee.

Benefits of a Marquee

From a practical standpoint, a well-chosen marquee will protect your activities from changes in the weather. Granted, a gale-force wind may be disastrous, but you may find that a gentle shower, rather than ruining your party, will make it all the more festive. As for shade, it can be 10 degrees cooler under a marquee, in comparison to being in full sun.

Another practical reason to hire a marquee is that it makes your location much easier to find. It increases visibility for blocks, making it simpler for people to find you if you are in a park or public garden. It’s also handy if you know there will be children present, because they will be able to find their way back if they wander off – they’ll just look for the marquee.

No Hassle

When you rent a marquee, quite often the rental company will reserve your venue for you. Clear this with them, first, so that you don’t have double reservations. They will then come and set up the structure, and when the party is over, they’ll come and take it down. What better way is there to provide a landmark and shelter without lifting a finger!

Your rental company will also be the one to set up any flooring you want in the marquee. This will be necessary if you plan to dance. They may also bring chairs and tables, as well. Some caterers even provide marquees, so check with your caterer to see if they can provide this service.

For your next get-together, look into getting a marquee. It can be the wisest move you make.

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Nina Edwards is a huge fan of family events and keeping close to your relatives. She helps part time at http://mineheadmarquees.co.uk/ where she enjoys designing and decorating the interiors for marquee events. 

Great Ways To Liven Up Your Festivities

If you’re thinking about having a party or celebration of some sort then you may be considering ways to liven it up and add excitement to the procedures. You’re obviously going to want to create a memorable experience for your guests and ensure that they look forward to the next party you host.

One of the easiest ways to do this is by introducing and letting off fireworks during the evening portion of your party, and there is a large selection of fireworks for you to choose from. Different fireworks produce different audio and visual effects, so it’s important to spend some time reading up about what the different products do.

You will also need to consider the space you have to let the fireworks off, as certain fireworks require a minimum space due to safety regulations. Remember, fireworks have an explosive element and as such safety is extremely important. Always follow the instructions printed on the packaging and ensure that minors and pets are kept well away from a lit firework.

Your guest’s safety is your responsibility, and you need to ensure that they are not put in harm’s way.

Popular Fireworks

fireworks displayFireworks were originally invented by the Chinese over a thousand years ago as they looked for new ways to heighten excitement during their celebrations. In the years since fireworks have gone on to become the number one accompaniment to parties and festivities all over the world. As a result it’s quite easy to locate fireworks, and there are probably many retailers in your area who stock them.

However, for safety reasons, I recommend that you avoid buying your fireworks from local sellers and instead source them from a reputable company such as Fireworks Crazy. This will guarantee that the products are of the highest quality and there are no faults or problems with the product’s design.

Rockets

Rockets are generally considered to be the most popular type of firework sold today and are available in a range of audio and visual effects. These products consist of a fuse attached to a body which in turn is connected to a thin straight stick or rod, which is pressed into the ground and keeps the product pointing skyward.

When the rocket ignites it shoots off into the sky and explodes after five to ten seconds.

Roman Candles

These are also very popular but are quite different to rockets. A roman candle consists of a large candle-like holder with a fuse sticking out from the top. The candle remains on the ground and instead shoots out one or more coloured sparks between ten and fifteen feet into the air.

There is a large variation in the style and sizes available, and you can also buy roman candle barrages which are made up of a number of candles that shoot at the same time.

Fountains

These are similar to the roman candles in that they remain stationary, but unlike a candle fountains produce a multitude of colourful sparks for a short period of time. Fountains are quite soft in their audio output and produce a soft crackling noise.

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James Murphy is an entertainment blogger with a strong knowledge of ways to make a party memorable for all present. James enjoys spending his free time visiting art galleries and museums.

Aberdeen And The Surrounding Areas For Families

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Scotland’s third most populous city stands proudly on the coast of the North Sea. Aberdeen combines all the amenities of a modern metropolis with all the charm of a historic destination. As far as activities and sights are concerned, Aberdeen is a very family-friendly location with plenty of places that children will find fascinating and fun. The city is conveniently located midway between Edinburgh and Inverness, making it an ideal place to stop on a Scottish road trip holiday.

Castles

Aberdeen sits right on the border of Scotland’s castle country and is located within an hour’s drive of over 300 castles where children can exercise their imagination and pretend to be royalty for the day. The most famous in the region is Balmoral Castle, where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert once shared a romantic weekend together. Just a few miles down the road is the distinctively pink Craigievar Castle, which would not look out of place in a Walt Disney film. The best way to see multiple castles in a day is by car, and tourists planning on visiting Aberdeen should consider car hire if they plan on getting the most out of their trip. Rental cars can be easily booked from Aberdeen’s airport where you’ll find all the major national companies like National Car represented.

Satrosphere Science Centre

A trip to the Satrosphere Science Centre just outside central Aberdeen is a must for anyone with a passion for science. Specifically catered to children, it may even inspire some kids to grow up to be scientists themselves. In a departure from traditional, stuffy museums, Satrosphere features interactive exhibits that illustrate how science is present and relevant in our everyday lives. Children (and adults) have the opportunity to learn about everything from basic scientific principles, to more abstracted topics like the environment and our ecosystem.

The Beach

Aberdeen lays claim to a stunning golden sand beach that is a favourite amongst both locals and visitors. Aberdeen Beach is lined with excellent family friendly attractions, including Codonas Amusement Park and Queen’s Link. Between the two, you’ll find great restaurants, cinemas and amusement park rides and games that offer fun for the whole family. Of course, the stunning North Sea is not to be neglected. Aberdeen has become known as a great place to view bottlenose dolphins in the wild. Dolphins can often be seen right from the shore, but if you want a closer glimpse you can take part in a nature cruise where it’s possible not only to see dolphins and whales, but adorable puffins and a variety of other seabirds as well.

Aberdeen Fish Market

If you can get your kids up early enough, consider taking them to the Aberdeen Fish Market. This colourful market has been around for centuries and offers a glimpse into modern maritime and seafaring culture. Fresh fish are offloaded from trawlers and brought into the market where they are auctioned off in the following hours. Fishing has long been a major industry in Aberdeen and the city has had a covered fish market since the 1800s.

Doonies Farm

Just a 15-minute drive from Aberdeen, Doonies Farm makes for an excellent day or half day trip from the city. The farm is dedicated to preserving the heritage of rare breed farm animals native to the UK, and is both educational and entertaining for visitors of all ages. You’ll encounter dozens of different rare breed species of cow, horse, pig, duck and chicken and learn about their unique history. Kids will revel in the opportunity to see these animals up close and will even have a chance to pet some.

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