Discover the Granite City
Where the rivers Dee and Don meet the North Sea, you’ll find the harbor city of Aberdeen. Remote and northerly, Scotland’s third largest city is a surprising gem with distinctive architecture and a cosmopolitan feel.
Encompassing a veritable wonderland of urban delights and pastoral pursuits, Aberdeen stands apart from other Scottish cities. You won’t hear Gaelic around these parts, as this bright sunny port more closely resembles a typical English city.
Look up to admire the granite architecture that varies from highly ornamented Victorian to robust, rough-hewn Scottish façade in the heart of quaint Old Aberdeen. Walk the bustling, mile-long Union Street to peruse high-street shops and venture into local independent stores. Explore the spirit of Aberdeen’s maritime history in Footdee—a traditional fishing village full of quirky outbuildings—or one of the many local museums.
Play a round of golf at the sixth-oldest course in the world. Savor an Aberdeen buttery with jam to power you through a day of castle hopping. Sip a pint of hand-drawn ale amongst locals at the Prince of Wales. Where urban comfort meets the vastness of the North Atlantic, Aberdeen is Scotland’s most romantic city.
Aberdeen, Scotland Highlights
Aberdeen, Scotland At a glance