Flanked by two rivers, with rolling hills and beautiful mountains to the west, and beaches and craggy cliffs to the east, Aberdeen offers you plenty of space to relax and breathe. Known as Granite City its many monuments built from the shimmering silver rock, Aberdeen embodies small-town charm, while offering a selection of museums, galleries and entertainment worthy of a much larger city.
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Aberdeen is also the gateway to Aberdeenshire’s numerous famous castles, which has, earned the region the title of “Scotland’s Castle Country”. During the summer, extend your daily adventures as there are more than 17 hours of daylight each day.
What To Do
The Malt Whisky Trail, easily accessible from Aberdeen, gives whisky aficionados the opportunity to our some of Scotland’s most renowned whisky distilleries and get a behind-the-scenes look into the crafting of the country’s national drink.
Head south to St. Andrew for a legendary golfing experience. With two of the 10 oldest courses in the world, those looking to hit the links are encouraged to experience a round in the birthplace of the sport.
Take a trip to Royal Deeside to visit Balmoral, Aberdeenshire’s most famous castle, and the Royal Family’s summer home. The castle and grounds are open to visitors between March and July.
Attend the Aberdeen Highland Games during the summer, and feel the rich Scottish culture with music, dancing, and tug-o-war.
Attend True North, Aberdeen’s summertime music festival.
Spend an afternoon at the harbor. You might be lucky enough to see a free performance from the resident pod of dolphins.
What To See
The Gothic bulding housing Marischal College is among Aberdeen’s most recognizable sights. Visit the Aberdeen Maritime Museum for a glimpse into the city’s nautical history.
The Gordon Highlanders Museum memorializes the story the of the brigade described by Sir Winston Churchill as “the finest regiment in the world”
Stroll along the waterfront at Aberdeen Beach.