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!
A staple part of any Aberdonian diet, Rowies, also known as Aberdeen Rolls or Butteries, make the perfect breakfast treat or accompaniment to your afternoon cup of tea. You’ll find them in almost any bakery in the North East of Scotland but we have a delicious recipe so that you can make 16 in your own kitchen!
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 Art Gallery has recently reopened it's doors after 4 years of renovation. The Grade A Listed Building underwent a major transformation including work on the Art Gallery itself, Cowdray Hall and Remembrance Hall. It is believed that the Art Gallery will attract approximately 250,000 visitors a year and we'd recommend a visit!
Summer House Drinks are a Scottish company that make a refreshing range of real lemonades, tonic and craft sodas. These drinks are made with 100% natural ingredients on a family run farm near Rosehearty, in the beautiful North East. NorthLink Ferries are proud to stock Summer House Drinks and caught up with Claire Rennie to find out more about the business!
If you're planning on reaching Aberdeen Ferry Terminal, this page covers all the transport options for Northbound and Southbound journeys to the city!
If you are planning a trip to Aberdeen and enjoy exploring new areas, then it is worth taking a stroll through Footdee, which is a hidden gem and one of the most unique communities in Scotland. Footdee, or Fittie as it is pronounced locally, is a small fishing village at the mouth of the harbour, tucked away just off the Beach Esplanade and half a mile east of the city centre.
One of Aberdeen’s finest venues is the Tivoli Theatre. Since 1872, it has hosted amazing shows featuring both local artists and international stars. The historic theatre has undergone a £1.2 million refurb and it continues to have improvements made. It looks simply beautiful, both inside and out. We caught up with Brian Hendry from the Tivoli Theatre, to find out more.
There is nowhere quite like the North East when it comes to scenery, which is one of the many reasons why you should visit Aberdeenshire on a caravan, motorhome or camping holiday! Campers can stroll across sand dunes and beaches next to the beautiful blue waters of the North Sea one day and enjoy the picturesque forestry of Royal Deeside the next! We've compiled a list of 8 sites to visit if you are in the area.
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.
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!