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Holidays in Aberdeen

Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire; The Queen’s favourite holiday escape


The Granite City of Aberdeen sits on the East coast of Scotland, benefiting from seaside delights on one side and the wilderness of the Cairngorms National Park on the other. Here, the harbour is one of the busiest in the UK, serving as a main commercial port with vessels coming and going each day.

Firmly set in the region of Royal Deeside, Aberdeen has several royal connections. There are plenty of opportunities to discover this along with Aberdeen’s maritime history and its success as a thriving oil industry.

The best place to start in Aberdeen is the famous Granite Mile, Union Street. Here you’ll find hundreds of popular shops, bars and restaurants - for shoppers and foodies, it’s a little slice of heaven. When it comes to choosing somewhere for a light lunch or a delicious evening meal, you’ll be spoilt for choice, from popular chain restaurants to local cafes and independent tea rooms.

Aberdeen beach front

On Union Street you will also find The Grill Bar, Aberdeen’s oldest pub which today serves a great range of lager, ales, spirits and is renowned for its wide whisky selection.

If you want to escape the liveliness of Union Street, the Merchant Quarter is found just below, with the historic Green at the very centre which is closely linked with trade due to its close positioning to the harbour and ports. Today, the Green is surrounded by trendy bars and cafes such as Bistro Verdi and Café 52 and there are plenty of independent shops dotted around as well. The Merchant Quarter is also home to Aberdeen Maritime Museum, with many captivating exhibitions and displays to give you an insight into the city’s trade history and connections with the sea.

Aberdeen also benefits from a beautiful sandy beach which is a big draw to visitors, offering a fantastic blend of city and seaside. Aberdeen Ballroom Beach is about a mile from the centre of the city and is backed by an esplanade of bars, shops and restaurants. As the beach stretches north towards to Donmouth Local Nature Reserve the beach becomes quite sparse.

A day out definitely not to miss is the Aberdeen Science Centre, a unique attraction which makes learning fun, even for the little people in your family. Aberdeenshire is also home to Scotland’s only Castle Trail, showcasing 17 impressive Castles.

“Aberdeen benefits from the perfect blend of lush countryside, captivating coastline and vibrant city life.”

Drum Castle, Dunnottar and Crathes Castle and Garden are all a short drive from Aberdeen.

For keen golfers, the city is surrounded by courses where you can test your skills. The closest is Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, close to the local nature reserve and slightly further afield you’ll find Murcur Links, Auchmill and Hazlehead.

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While you’re there

The Gordon Highlanders Museum

The museum tells the extraordinary 200-year-old story of 'the finest regiment in the world'.

Balmedie Beach

A flat, sandy blue flag beach backed by sand dunes.

Duthie Park

A stunning landscape home to a bandstand, fountains, ponds and statues.

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