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!
We spent a brilliant afternoon visiting The Gordon Highlanders Museum, located on Viewfield Road in Aberdeen. It's in a beautiful building in a secluded spot, which was once the home of Scottish artist, Sir George Reid and later, The Gordon Highlanders Regimental Headquarters. We were quite inspired to think that The Gordon Highlanders were made up of men from the local community.
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!
Aberdeen Maritime Museum is a short walk from the Aberdeen Ferry Terminal and offers a hands-on experience with plenty to explore. We'd highly recommend going next time you visit Aberdeen. The North East Fishing Industry, the North Boats and the oil and gas sector are covered by a range of amazing displays!
When the weather is nice there is nothing better than a stroll to Duthie Park in Aberdeen. NorthLink Ferries offer a guide on how to get there from the Aberdeen Ferry Terminal, and what to expect when you arrive! With play areas, dog walking and the David Welch Winter Gardens, Duthie Park is a must visit!
If you're planning on reaching Aberdeen Ferry Terminal, this page covers all the transport options for Northbound and Southbound journeys to the city!
Slains Castle is nestled upon the rugged clifftops of Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire, overlooking dramatic seascapes. It's one of our favourite castles to visit around Aberdeen, and has incredible views. Slains Castle is also said to have inspired Bram Stoker, who visited Cruden Bay often, to write his most famous novel, Dracula.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!