What to See & Do in Aberdeen

Granite City Aberdeen

Granite City Aberdeen

A vibrant city break bursting with chic shopping quarters, free museums and galleries, Aberdeen is Scotland’s famed ‘Granite City’, a nickname derived from its distinctive Victorian granite buildings which give the city a unique character. Spectacularly located near scenic castle, whisky and coastal trails, Aberdeen’s city centre delights can be combined with a host of outdoor activities from fishing to hill walking in nearby Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms.

Explore the city centre’s choice of fantastic free museums and galleries including Aberdeen Art Gallery and the Aberdeen Maritime Museum overlooking the harbour. The central’ Granite Mile’ is delicious blend of chic shopping centres including funky new Union Square, best world cuisine dining and stylish cafe / bars around Merchant Quarter. Discover old Aberdeen and take a tour of the city’s historic buildings including the ancient 500 year old King’s College and Aberdeen’s oldest residence – Provost Skene’s House.

Golf city Aberdeen offers one of Scotland’s best cluster of world class golf courses, crafted by golf architect masters – many of the Aberdeen golf courses are amongst the Top 100 in the UK. To the north of the city centre sits Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, a Walker Cup host and the world’s sixth oldest golf course with two astounding golf links challenges.

Brush up your game at coastal Murcar Links offering magnificent city and sea views and discover memorable golfing experiences at Hazlehead, Auchmill, Balnagask, Craibstone Golf Club and many more first class golf courses near Aberdeen. You’ll also find best Scotland golf training and retail centres in Aberdeen, with the Kings Links Golf Centre featuring a 56 bay floodlit driving range and on-site teaching academy.

Come the night, Aberdeen’s dazzling theatres, clubs and live music venues offer something for all tastes. See top West End theatre shows and the beautiful Frank Matcham designed His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen or checkout the alternative entertainment scene at The Lemon Tree offering up everything from rock gigs to ground breaking new drama. Catch the best up and coming comics at Aberdeen’s Breakneck Comedy Club!

Choose Aberdeen City as your gateway base to Royal Deeside, the Cairngorms and Grampian. The city offers easy access to the North East’s famed castle trail, the Speyside Whisky Trail and the award-winning Balmedie beach and country park is just 8 miles north of the city centre. Why not combine your Aberdeen holiday with ferry trips to the Shetlands and Orkney, running regularly from Aberdeen Ferry Terminal! So many things to see and do – discover Aberdeen City and its Shire – book online now with iknow.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.