Aberdeen, North East
Discover Aberdeen and more
Scotland's third largest city has been thriving since the discovery of North Sea Oil. It has a closely packed city centre made up of dark granite buildings that can make it a overcast and gloomy place at times. However there is a charm and vitality about the city that is reflected in its restaurants and night-life. Union Street is the city's main artery and is a mile long and built on pillars. North-east of the city centre on the banks of the river Don stands the ancient suburb of Old Aberdeen with its fortified cathedral, cobbled streets and houses that date from the 15th Century.
Things to do in Aberdeen
Aberdeen Art Gallery
The Aberdeen Art Gallery is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city and has one of the best art collections in the UK, including paintings, sculptures, and graphics.
Ben Macdui is the 2nd highest mountain in Scotland, after Ben Nevis, and the tallest of the Cairngorm Mountains. Its name means 'Mac Duff's Hill.'
There are three Munro summits on the west side of the Cairnwell pass; of these, The Cairnwell is the most prominent. It is made very accessible thanks to the slope's ski developments - and as such makes for a good beginner's climb.
The new Slains Castle, formerly known as Bowness, is a ruined castle in the United Kingdom, located in Scotland, facing the North Sea in Aberdeenshire. Built and modified from the late 16th century onwards after the destruction of the old Slains Castle, it was abandoned and left to decay in the early 20th century.
Duthie Park Winter Gardens
Duthie Park is located in Aberdeen, Scotland, on the banks of the Dee River. It covers an area of 44 acres (180,000 square meters). It was provided to the city council in 1881 by Mrs. Ruthrieston, Elizabeth Duthie, in memory of her uncle and her brother.
Johnston Gardens is a communal garden in Aberdeen, Scotland. The park has won Britain in Bloom competition many times (just like the city itself won the bloom category for nine consecutive years before being banned from giving another city a chance). The garden is full of flowers and bushes, the sole purpose of which is to be beautiful. This is a trendy place for taking wedding photos.
Balmedie is a flat sandy beach with dunes located in Aberdeenshire. Explore miles of beautiful flat sandy beaches just 5 miles from Aberdeen. You can walk a few miles north or south. Facilities include parking, a ranger center, toilets, and shops.
Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland on the north-east coast of Scotland, about 3 kilometres south of Stonehaven.