Things to see and do in Aberdeen City and Shire

Discover a variety of things to see and do in Aberdeen City and Shire covering the rich heritage and vibrant city culture. Explore inspiring natural landscapes from the epic north east coastline, including the Banffshire coast, to beautiful Royal Deeside and the stunning Cairngorms National Park.

Uncover a dramatic past by visiting the 17 castles which are part of Scotland’s Castle Trail. You’ll find everything from striking clifftop ruins to grand fortresses and royal residences.

Get active with a wide range of leisure activities such as hillwalking, sea kayaking and skiing. Enjoy a round of golf at over 50 courses, fish in great salmon rivers or abseil down striking cliffs.

In the city of Aberdeen you can discover attractions on the region’s history and culture, as well as beautiful parks and gardens and a superb beach just a short walk from the city centre. The city boasts fantastic museums, galleries, bars and restaurants, and offers great shopping in centres and the main city streets.

Beautiful Aberdeenshire has ancient castles, idyllic towns and villages and a stunning countryside, which is home to a variety of wildlife. Discover 165 miles of clifftops, coves and beaches and explore the traditional fishing villages. Along the Banffshire coast, look out for the world’s most northerly population of bottlenose dolphins.

With delicious local produce, a variety of sightseeing tours, and a huge selection of events and festivals, Aberdeen City and Shire is an ideal destination for a holiday, whatever the season.

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The beach and dunes of St Cyrus National Nature Reserve

Wildlife attractions

Discover the range of wild attractions in Aberdeen City and Shire, including an aquarium and wildlife parks.

A visitor admires beautiful artworks displayed inside Aberdeen Art Gallery in the city centre of Aberdeen

Arts and culture attractions

Plan a day at arts and culture attractions in Aberdeen City and Shire. Spend a day at galleries and the evening at the theatre.

A delicious seafood starter served at the Milton Restaurant, Milton of Crathes near Banchory

Food and drink

Sample delicious food and drink in Aberdeen City and Shire, a region renowned for its tasty local produce.