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Out and About – Explore Aberdeen

Cliff Scrambling, Slains CastleWelcome to the ‘Granite City’ of Aberdeen – a prosperous, cosmopolitan city with an international population and a booming energy industry. The city boasts spectacular architecture and captivating museums, fascinating history, a wealth of art and culture and a lively social scene.

Aberdeen’s famous ‘Granite Mile’, Union Street, is the gateway to over 800 shops, restaurants and bars. Visitors can chill-out in lovely flower-filled parks – Aberdeen is 13 times winner of Britain in Bloom. Best of all, the city has its own golden sandy beach.

The city centre features the opulent Marischal College and the colonnaded Art Gallery with its fine collection, which have been preserved as museums. Union Street continues west to the cosmopolitan West End, where much of the city’s nightlife can be found. To the south, the harbour heaves with boats serving the fishing and oil industries, while north of the centre lies attractive Old Aberdeen, a village neighbourhood presided over by King’s College and St Machar Cathedral, and influenced by the large student population.  Enjoy a walk along Aberdeen’s long beach,  the esplanade development marks the city’s eastern border, only a mile or so from its centre.

Had enough of the city, then head out of town to Royal Deeside, holiday home to the British Royal Family.  The Cairngorms National Park provides a multitude of activities across the seasons, from gentle walks to more strenuous Munro bagging, bike rides to horse riding and of course skiiing in the winter month.  Or best of all, just relax and enjoy the wonderful Scottish scenery.

The North East 250 takes you on a 250 mile journey through the whisky trails of Speyside, the mountainous Cairngorms National Park, the castle trail across Royal Deeside, the rugged North Sea coastline and quaint seaside villages along the Moray Firth Coast.  Start or end your trip with a short break in Aberdeen, our accommodation is the ideal base.

Aberdeen is also a gateway to the Orkney and Shetland islands, with NorthLink Ferries operating daily services every evening to Kirkwall and Lerwick.

For more inspiration in and around Aberdeen, have a look at the following pages:

Aberdeen beach at sunset

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