Situated on the north-east coast, Aberdeen – lovingly known as the granite city – is peaceful and picturesque enough to allow you to really stop and catch your breath. Alive with vibrant events and full of history, you can spot dolphins leaping in the working harbour or visit the mile-long city beach. Along Aberdeenshire’s 165 miles of outstanding coastline you can also find quirky fishing villages, great dunes and wide sandy beaches.
Inland there’s the chance to visit the royal Balmoral Castle and the mountains, lochs, and great estates in the Cairngorms National Park. And of course, there’s always the chance to sample some of Aberdeenshire’s finest produce including whisky, fresh seafood and world-class Aberdeen Angus Beef.
So what are you waiting for? This Scottish gem is well worth the flight up.
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Top 3 Picks
Whilst you are in Aberdeen, make the most of your stay and check out our top 3 things to do and see!
Union Terrace Gardens
Located on the western side of the city, the Union Terrace Gardens are large sunken gardens that can be found near His Majesty’s Theatre. Dating back to Victorian times, this pretty park has a variety of trees, flowers, and grassy areas as well and has an old viaduct located on one end. With a number of statues scattered through the gardens, keep an eye out for Scottish poet extraordinaire Robert Burns, Braveheart’s William Wallace and Prince Albert.
One of the only major cities in the UK to have a sandy beach, Aberdeen is seriously blessed. A long stretch of golden sand runs down the eastern side of the city and comes complete with the kind of kitsch activities you could expect from a British beachfront. Think cute cafes, ice-skating rink, Codonas amusement park plus a cinema for those days when the weather is a little less beach friendly and a bit more Scottish. The Kings Links golf course and the Aberdeen Science Centre can also be found nearby.
Aberdeen Maritime Museum
Located near Aberdeen’s handsome dock, the Aberdeen Maritime Museum is a great place to learn about the development of this industrial city. In addition to being the UK’s premier city for the oil industry, Aberdeen has a rich maritime history, with fishing and shipbuilding being two of the industries that it was founded on. Believed to be the oldest existing business in the UK, the first harbour in Aberdeen can be traced back to at least the 12th century.
Aberdeen is nicknamed ‘The Granite City’ because more than half of its buildings have been crafted out of Aberdeen’s Rubislaw Quarry granite.
The Aberdeen area has the largest number of whiskey distilleries of any whisky producing area in Scotland. With most of them open to visitors, make sure you line your stomach with a Scottish breakfast before you go touring.
Cairngorms National Park near Aberdeen has five of the UK’s six highest mountains. The park is twice the size of the Lake District and features huge forests, waterfalls and is abundant with wildlife.
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