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!

Fantastic places to Camp and Caravan in Aberdeenshire

Fantastic places to Camp and Caravan in Aberdeenshire

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.

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!

A visit to The Gordon Highlanders Museum

A visit to The Gordon Highlanders Museum

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.

My visit to the Aberdeen Maritime Museum

My visit to the Aberdeen Maritime Museum

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!

A walk to Duthie Park in Aberdeen

A walk to Duthie Park in Aberdeen

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!

An adventure at Slains Castle

An adventure at Slains Castle

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.

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!

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