Aberdeen Guide

Aberdeen City and Shire in Scotland’s 3rd largest city and is often referred to as the Granite City and the Silver City. Aberdeen has so much to offer its visitors including its inspiring history and its vibrant city centre. Flying into Aberdeen International Airport will have you only a stone throw away from one of the best cities in Scotland, with the city centre located only 5 miles North West.

Aberdeen is also home to the largest national park in the country, with visitors being attracted to the park because of the wide range of its leisure activities from climbing to walking and cycling or watersports such as canoeing and angling so there is something for everyone.

Aberdeen national park


It is clear to see why so many people visit the city of Aberdeen and its surrounding areas. The city boasts an abundance of attractions and activities for all types of visitors, which are just waiting to be discovered and explored.

Taking a walk around the city streets will have you in awe of its beautifully architecture buildings. Built during the Victorian era of granite, these buildings glistening in the sun like no other and could have you mistaking them for brand new constructions. But don’t be fooled, this striking look is created by the mica in the granite, which is why the city is often referred to as the Silver City and the Granite City.

This city’s shopping scene definitely gives London a run for its money. Union Street is the centre’s main thoroughfare shopping street, which is lined with shops and offers access to the largest shopping malls in the city. For the reputable high street shops, look no further than the centres shopping malls, The Academy, The Mall, The Bon Accord Centre and St Nicholas Centre. If you’re looking for the biggest designer names and something extraordinary, take a visit to the West End. Here you will find your one off designer shops and unique boutiques.

Aberdeen is home to the country’s largest National Park, Cairngorms National Park. Exploring the natural beauty of this National Park couldn’t be easier with its easily accessible location. Walkers, climbers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts are all drawn to this part of country and with so many outdoor activities here it’s clear to see why. Home to a quarter of Britain’s threatened species will have wildlife lovers flock to this area of moorlands, forests, rivers, lochs and glens to uncover more. Standing on the highest mountain range in the UK will have visitors taking in some of the most spectacular views Scotland and the UK have to offer.

After dark this city comes to life, with its lively and energetic nightlife. Whether it’s the traditional pub or the champagne and cocktails bars you’re after, you’ll be sure to find it all in Aberdeen. Bellmont Street in the city centre is home to some of the best bars. Here you will find bars offering music from local bands, which will have you dancing till the early hours of the morning. It isn’t just the bars offering great music till all hours; you’ll also find a range of nightclubs offering music for all tastes and styles.

When it comes to dining out in Aberdeen, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Find some of the most outstanding restaurants, cafes and bistros in the city and its surrounding areas, offering both local and international cuisines. The Scottish food scene is often described as exciting and vibrant and it’s not surprising to see why with the combination of its internationally respected chefs and natural local produce.

During the summer season, Aberdeen hosts numerous festivals and events along its city streets. Why not don a kilt and join in the Oldmeldrum Highland Games? Or, stand back at be amazed at the strength of the Scottish men tossing cabers and battling it out in a game of tug-of-war, whilst enjoying the harmonious sound of the traditional bagpipes. Aberdeen is also proud to hold one of the world’s largest Youth Festival, which is held in August.
Why not visit this remarkable city and discover for yourself why it’s been a favourite destination amongst the Royal’s for over 150 years. No matter how old you are, or what you’re looking for in a break, you can be guaranteed to find it all here in the city of Aberdeen.

So why not come and see for yourself what Aberdeen has to offer and you will not be disappointed.