Welcome to the Granite City
Located between the mouths of the River Don and the River Dee, Aberdeen has a rich heritage connected to the North Sea. Tour the monuments and museums exhibiting this past including the Aberdeen Maritime Museum or the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses. Wander around the city centre to see the Victorian era architecture using only granite and browse the stores of The Academy and The Mall; Union Street is a popular thoroughfare for restaurants, boutiques and pubs. Learn more about Aberdeen’s history at the grand Provost Skene’s House and marvel over miniature artwork in the Little Treasures exhibit. Aberdeenshire is home to 13 castles, sign-up to the guided trail to see the impressive Tolquhon, Huntly and Kildrummy Castles - to name three. The spectacular scenery in and around Aberdeen gives travellers the perfect opportunity to see more of the landscape. Hike through the Mulloch Forest and gaze over the crags of Buchan Ness to watch ships in the distance.
Aberdeen and the shire have a long history connected to the North Sea. Explore the 150 miles of coastline and discover caves, cliffs and beautiful bays. Enjoy the cosmopolitan flair of Aberdeen with contemporary shopping areas, stylish restaurants and bars. Sample the local produce and unwind with a glass of whisky.
When to Go?
Aberdeen, like the rest of Scotland, features a changeable and temperate climate prone to outbursts of showers. Its position on the east coast means that strong winds from the North Sea keep average temperatures mild. The summer months from June to September are warm and bright with highs of 24°C. The winter is cold and frosty with average daily temperatures of around 6°C and lows of -1°C. A warm jacket and a brolly are advised all year round.
How to Get There?
Aberdeen is served by Aberdeen Airport located in the town of Dyce 9.3km (approximately 6 miles) northwest of the city centre. Domestic flights to Liverpool, London and Manchester as well as European destinations take off daily. Routes to the Scottish island of Stornoway are also available. Passengers can reach Aberdeen by rail; trains leave Dyce train station every half hour and a shuttle bus runs between the airport and the station every 20 minutes.
A trip to Aberdeen must include a chance to sample the local produce. The Malt Whisky Trail is perfect for those seeking an authentic dram. Sign up to this day trip to tour the distilleries of Aberdeen and sip a variety of whisky concoctions of varying strengths. Gift shops are available onsite; pick up a keepsake to take home. Order a dish of Aberdeen Angus beef or a bowl of Cullen Skink for a traditional taste of the region. Aberdeen Butteries or Rowies (delicious bread likened to a French croissant) are renowned throughout Scotland.