Guide to Aberdeen

Aberdeen, otherwise known as the Granite City is a busy port in the North East of Scotland. Easily reached from cities in the south such as Glasgow and Edinburgh, getting to Aberdeen and catching a ferry is one of the easiest ways to get to the Orkney and Shetland islands.

The city itself has much to offer though. It’s a hub for the North Sea oil industry – the seaport is the busiest in Scotland and Aberdeen Heliport is one of the busiest commercial heliports in the world! Aberdeen is a popular destination for Islanders. There are great shops here, superb restaurants and lovely places to stay. There are regular pop concerts and theatre shows on that islanders come to see, and two excellent centres of learning – the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University.

Outside Aberdeen there are lovely fishing villages, great golfing opportunities, and even a whisky trail to explore! Read our guide to find out everything that Aberdeen has to offer!

Top Tips for visiting Portsoy’s Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

Top Tips for visiting Portsoy’s Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival which takes place in Portsoy, Banffshire, is one of the most well-regarded events in the North East of Scotland. The festival celebrates the maritime and cultural heritage of the North East and with NorthLink’s help, the Orkney and Shetland Islands too. We’ve compiled a list of tips to ensure that you make the most of your time at the festival.

Aberdeen

Aberdeen Terminal

Find out more about the Aberdeen Terminal at Jamieson's Quay, including opening hours, left luggage facilities, parking, how to check in, how to find the terminal and information about access for disabled customers. You can even take a Google Streetview tour!

Top Tips for Taste of Grampian

Top Tips for Taste of Grampian

With Taste of Grampian only coming around once a year it’s pivotal that you make the most of the day! Over 100 exhibitors travel from near and far to the Thainstone Centre, in Inverurie, to attend this event and showcase how truly unique Scotland is when it comes to food and drink. Taste of Grampian is Scotland’s largest one day food festival and we’ve compiled some tips to help you make the most of it!

Twelve essential historical places to visit in Aberdeen

Twelve essential historical places to visit in Aberdeen

In 2017 we’re celebrating the VisitScotland Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. Aberdeen and its surrounding area are overflowing with historical places to visit. We’ve compiled a list of twelve essential places to visit in Aberdeen and round about so that you can celebrate the history and heritage of the area for yourself!

Exploring Castles in Aberdeenshire

Exploring Castles in Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire is a brilliant place to visit if you’re interested in history, heritage and archaeology. There are some incredible castles to see around Aberdeen – each with a unique story to tell. Read on to find out more about 8 of our favourites!

Seven Tips for Christmas Shopping in Aberdeen

Seven Tips for Christmas Shopping in Aberdeen

We’re aware that many of our Islander customers enjoy a shopping trip to Aberdeen during the winter months – it’s a great way to quickly pick up a lot of Christmas presents! Read on to find out the seven tips we’ve compiled to help you make the most of a Christmas Shopping Trip to Aberdeen.

An Insider’s Guide to Aberdeen

An Insider’s Guide to Aberdeen

It can always be a bit overwhelming arriving in a new city and finding your bearings. To help our passengers when they arrive in Aberdeen, we have written an insiders guide to the city. From car parks to nightlife and everything in between, we hope you find our hints and tips to the Granite City helpful!

Aberdeen Coffee Cravings

Aberdeen Coffee Cravings

There's nothing better than stopping to rest your feet at a coffee shop during a shopping trip in Aberdeen. We've written a guide to some of the best independent coffee shops in Aberdeen City Centre, which are located only minutes away from one another, with reasons why they must be visited!

The Best of Vintage Inspired Shopping in Aberdeen!

The Best of Vintage Inspired Shopping in Aberdeen!

Adelle Chessor from VisitAberdeenshire has written a fabulous guide to the best Vintage Inspired Shops and her favourite independent retailers in Aberdeen. If you’re a fan of yesteryear or just love exploring hidden gems of shops, read on!

Things to do on a rainy day in Aberdeen

Things to do on a rainy day in Aberdeen

Aberdeen is a brilliant city to visit whatever the weather - it's a warm, welcoming place, the perfect size for a walking and packed full of interesting places to visit and brilliant events to attend. However, what do you do on a dreich Day in the Granite City? We've compiled a few inside activities worth knowing about!

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