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!
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!
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!
When you are located in the North East of Scotland, when you get good weather, it’s important to make the most if it! Read on for a few ideas of brilliant things to do on a bonnie day in the 'deen!
Aberdeen is a great city to visit to see musical, theatrical and comedic performances. The city hosts various concerts and events throughout the year and attracts acts from across the globe. The four main venues for performances are the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, His Majesty’s Theatre, the Lemon Tree and the Tivoli - read on to find out more!
The North East has many stunning sights to see, whether it’s a view of the coast, a lighthouse or some pretty scenery, and there's nothing that we enjoy more than combining a beautiful view and a delicious meal! Read about five restaurants in and around Aberdeen that offer just that.
There are two superb beer festivals in the North East of Scotland - the Banchory Beer Festival and the Inverurie Beer Festival - which we'd recommend attending without hesitation. We spoke to the event's organiser, Mungo Finlayson, and asked him the secret of creating a great beer festival!
One of the attractions of Aberdeen to Orkney and Shetland Islanders is the huge amount of shops on offer. We've written a guide to some of the shops found in Aberdeen City Centre and on Beach Boulevard. A big bonus is that many shops are within a short walk from the NorthLink Ferry Terminal. This is handy when you’ve got lots of bags to carry!
All around Aberdeenshire there are a great many delicious ice cream shops, so as summer began we decided to enjoy an ice cream tour! We visited shops in in Stonehaven, Aberdeen, St Combs, Cairnbulg, Fraserburgh, Portsoy and Cullen in search of delicious flavours - but decided that it would be fun to find the wackiest flavour we could!
For many adults from Orkney and Shetland, the attractions of Aberdeen are high street shops, stage shows and pop concerts. However, on closer inspection there’s a wide range of other activities and other places to go in Aberdeen than just Union Street. Aberdeen is a great place to find things to do for the whole family!
There are many things to do in Aberdeen and round about. Check out our guide to plan a perfect day in and around about the city: go shopping or see a show. We have ten great suggestions of things to do which needn't be expensive: there are lovely galleries, museums, and parks to visit!
Though the Orkney and Shetland Islands are well known as being amongst the best places in Europe for watching wildlife, what is less well known is that you can start your wildlife adventure by spotting bottlenose dolphins before you even leave sight of Aberdeen.