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Aberdeen Rundown

Aberdeen is the ‘Granite City’, because of its silver grey buildings which glitter attractively when the sun is out. Just like a Texan oil giant, Aberdeen owes its riches to the precious black stuff – and the city is certainly not a cheap date. But Scotland’s third city deserves your patronage for a multitude of reasons – not least because of its wealth of cultural attractions including the Maritime Museum and the Aberdeen Art Gallery – which are free. Off the beaten track somewhat but well worth a visit, is the Gordon Highlanders Museum which tells the story of this famous brave regiment formed in 1794. (Although there are no promises you’ll find out what the devils in skirts wear under their kilts).

Come prepared with plenty of plastic when you step out for a shop on Union Street – every upmarket store worth talking about is here, and Union Square’s new shops, restaurants and entertainments get unveiled in October, for even more choice.

When you’ve splashed your cash and had your fill of history and culture, get yourself some good old fashioned seaside thrills at Aberdeen Beach’s popular Codona Amusement Park -one of Scotland’s most popular funfairs.

Aberdeen's Top 10

10. Old Aberdeen Cobbled streets and charming little lanes dominated by the magnificent King’s College.

5. King’s College Chapel Dates to the 16th Century, and is a landmark Aberdeen attraction with its striking crown spire.

9. Castlegate The spot where Aberdeen’s long since destroyed castle once stood - get fab views of Aberdeen’s spires and turrets.

4. The Medieval Provost Skene’s House is a veritable time capsule of life in the 17th Century.

8. Calling all twitchers! Grab your binoculars and head to the Bird-Watching Hide.

3. St Machar’s Cathedral Where some of the remains of William Wallace are believed to have ended up (other quarters went elsewhere - courtesy of those dastardly English).

7. Satrosphere Provides light, interactively educational relief, on dull days.

2. The University of Aberdeen Founded in 1495. You can sniff that it’s still only the fifth oldest in the UK – but it’s still pretty darn old.

6. Unlike many in the UK, Aberdeen Harbour is still working, with ships bound for offshore oil rigs, and regular ferries to and from Orkney and Shetland.

1. The Marishcal Museum Like any self-respecting museum has Egyptian mummies and Classical antiquities.

Aberdeen Events

July and August see the Stonehaven and Lonach Highland Games. There’s bound to be a spot of highland dancing thrown in for good measure.

Aberdeen International Football Festival features a week of fun and games in July at Balgownie Playing Fields.

The Castle Fraser Steam and Vintage Fair takes place in June at Inverurie – good wholesome family fun.

The Aberdeen Tartan Festival celebrates all things Scottish not just the fabled fabric design, in the city centre in July – be there or be square.

The Aberdeen Book Fair takes place at the Hilton Treetops Hotel in October. Bookworms never know what they will unearth at this second hand and antiquarian book event.

The City of Aberdeen Clydesdale Horse Show takes place at Duthie Park – a rare treat for fans of all things equestrian.

The Coast Festival of Visual Arts takes place at nearby Banff and Macduff – lead on, because it promises to be another good one in May.

Wrap up warm and gather round the city’s Christmas tree at the Aberdeen Winter Festival Christmas Tree Switch on at the end of November. There’s an added bonus of an early practice for your vocal chords in the short carol service.

The Northern Lights Music Festival is Aberdeen’s premier event with top international names making an appearance during the month of July.

How can you resist the wee little creatures at the Aberdeen Highland Pony Show, one of the best of its kind in Scotland, taking place in August.

When To Go

Given its northern location and the fact it shares the same latitude as Moscow, Aberdeen is far milder than you might expect. Winter days are short though – with only six hours, 40 minutes of daylight at Winter Solstice.

Temperatures in the winter months can get down to 0°C, or less. In the summer ,temperatures average out at 18 °C with the odd day or two seeing them climb as high as 30 °C.

Rain Rain Go Away , Come Again another Day. One of the UKs best known nursery rhymes. Enough said.

Getting There

Aberdeen Airport is just six miles north of the city centre with a large number of flights both domestic and to Europe. A frequent Airlink service runs from the airport to Aberdeen Railway station – a journey of only 10 minutes.

National Express runs a frequent cheap coach service from Aberdeen to all main cities in the UK.

There is an hourly train service from Aberdeen Railway Station to Glasgow and Edinburgh – from where it is possible to get onward connections to London.

Aberdeen General Information

Aberdeen is a must for visitors to Scotland. For a veritable slice of the country's cultural soul, the city of 200,000 people is a terrific base. Between the River Dee and the River Don, with a long sandy coastline on the North Sea, Aberdeen has wonderful scenery and natural beauty. Throw in historic architecture, museums and a fabulous arts and culture scene and Scotland has a marvelous third wheel to compete with Glasgow and Edinburgh for tourism supremacy.

The Aberdeen Art Gallery dates back to 1885 and has a vast permanent collection. Other worthwhile museums in the city include the Marischal Museum, Gordon Highlanders and Aberdeen Maritime Museum. King's College in Old Aberdeen has been a pre-eminent university in Great Britain since 1495, with many fine landmarks to discover on campus. Castlegate sits on the ruins of the late medieval Aberdeen Castle and St. Machar's Cathedral is a significant and ancient landmark with a remarkable past.

Attractions

  • Aberdeen Art Gallery
  • Castlegate
  • King's College
  • St. Machar's Cathedral
  • The Music Hall

Activities

  • Cruickshank Botanic Gardens
  • Belmont Street Farmers Market
  • The Mall Aberdeen
  • Aberdeen International Youth Festival
  • Aberdeen Beach

Restaurant

  • Rustico
  • Bhan Thai
  • 210 Bistro
  • Carmelite
  • <
  • Stage Door

Nightlife

  • The Wild Boar
  • The Prince of Wales
  • Jam
  • Fever
  • Soul

Climate

Aberdeen has a temperate climate, with cool to mild conditions throughout the year.

  • Winter (December to February) 0-6&deg;C
  • Spring (March to May) 1-12&deg;C
  • Summer (June to September) 7-17&deg;C
  • Fall (October to November) 2-11&deg;C

Hotels in Aberdeen

Recommended hotels

From US$65

1 The Caledonian Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 3 reviews

10-14 Union Terrace Map

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The Caledonian Hotel offers standard and relaxing accommodation along with modern amenities. Area attractions include St Nicholas Church, Union Street Town House, Peacock Artspace and Duthie Park... More

2 nights stay over
Arrived late at night to be told there was no parking spaces which was not a good start as I had my 80yr old mum with me. When we eventually got the car parked and back to the hotel we put the...
11 Aug 2015
From US$112

2 Inn at The Park Hotel

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

3-4 Deemount Terrace Map

Located in the heart of Aberdeen, just 5 minutes' walk from the City Centre and Aberdeen train station. This family run hotel offers free Wi-Fi, free parking, traditional home-cooked cuisine and... More

From US$103

3 Jurys Inn Aberdeen

3 stars
4.3 / 5 4 reviews

Jurys Inn Aberdeen Hotel, Union Square, Map

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Whether in Aberdeen for business or leisure, travellers find an ideal base with comfortable accommodations and central location at Jurys Inn Aberdeen. This chic Aberdeen hotel offers easy access to... More

Family party
Ideal location to meet up with family and friends. Perfect for restaurants and shopping.
7 Jul 2015
From US$75

4 Holiday Inn Express ABERDEEN AIRPORT

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

3 International Gate,Dyce Map

Offering well-designed units and conference facilities strategically located adjacent to the airport, Crowne Plaza ABERDEEN AIRPORT makes for a suitable base for travellers in Aberdeen. From this... More

From US$75

5 Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen City Centre

3 stars
3.8 / 5

31 St. Andrew Street Map

Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access

Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen City Centre is one of its kinds. The inn is conveniently located in the heart of the city which is Europe's Oil Capital and only minutes away from city's train and bus... More

From US$80

6 Holiday Inn Express ABERDEEN CITY CENTRE

3 stars
4.4 / 5 5 reviews

29-43 Chapel Street Map

The Holiday Inn Express Aberdeen City Centre is the perfect choice for any visitor who would like to explore North East. GeneralGuests are offered 2 superb air-conditioned meeting rooms, which can... More

Nostalgia trip
Hotel a bit basic for the cost. No fridge/mini bar. Good location. Met up with family and friends
3 Aug 2015
From US$94

7 Skene House HotelSuites - Rosemount

4 stars
5.0 / 5 3 reviews

96 Rosemount Viaduct Map

FREE WiFi and Guest Parking

Showcasing contemporary flair and stylish decor throughout an old-style structure, Skene House Hotel Suites Rosemount offers a relaxing and quiet haven in the culture-rich Aberdeen Quarter in... More

Great weekend break.
We had a I bedroom executive suite at Rosemount and it met all our expectations -very clean, comfortable and well-appointed. The included breakfast was plentiful with plenty of choice and set us up...
4 Aug 2015
From US$79

8 Skene House HotelSuites - Whitehall

4 stars
4.2 / 5 5 reviews

2 Whitehall Place Map

FREE WiFi and Guest Parking

Whether you are in the city for a night, a week, a month or longer, the Skene House Hotel Suites Whitehall, with its first-class amenities and cosy ambience is the perfect place to stay as it... More

Birthday weekend
Had a lovely stay at skene suites whitehall. Enjoyed having coffee in the quite garden area. Room very clean and staff very very helpful.
28 Jul 2015
From US$87

9 Park Inn By Radisson Aberdeen

3 stars
4.6 / 5 5 reviews

1 Justice Mill Lane Map

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Park Inn By Radisson Aberdeen Hotel offers an ideal combination of Scottish hospitality with first-class amenities. Its fine location creates perfect home base for exploring nearby attractions such... More

good value
I have stayed at this hotel a few times now, the staff are always very helpful and the rooms are large and always clean. They have changed the oneway system to get to the hotel so that is awkward,...
24 Feb 2015
From US$73

10 Copthorne Hotel Aberdeen

4 stars
4.4 / 5 9 reviews

122 Huntly Street Map

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Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, the Copthorne Hotel Aberdeen offers you traditional charm combined with modern amenities and impeccable service. GeneralThis hotel provides... More

God central hotel
One night stay at value price. No complaints. Decent bar food.
20 Jan 2015
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