THREE REASONS TO VISIT ABERDEEN
- The architecture - admire silver-hued buildings and monuments, all made of shimmering local granite, including Marischal College and His Majesty's Theatre.
- The history - with a past that stretches back 8,000 years there's plenty to uncover in Aberdeen. Discover the area's proud maritime history at the Scottish Maritime Museum.
- The dolphins - Aberdeen harbour is one of the best places in Scotland to see dolphins. You can even take a boat tour to see them playing in the water up-close.
PLAN YOUR TRIP
COUNTRYSIDE BREAKS FROM ABERDEEN
Travel from Aberdeen: by car (1 hr 15 minutes) or by bus (2 hrs 20 minutes). Why not check out the Deeside Tourist Route to uncover some hidden gems?
Why visit? Part of beautiful Royal Deeside, where the British Royal Family holiday in Scotland, Ballater sits at the edge of the Cairngorms National Park, perfect for walks in the forests, mountains and wildlife.
Travel from Aberdeen: by car (1 hr 15 minutes) or by bus (2 hrs).
Why visit? Keep your eyes peeled for more dolphins as you explore the beaches and coastal paths of the sparkling Moray Firth coastline. Make sure to pop into magnificent Duff House.
Travel from Aberdeen: by ferry (6 hrs) or plane (1 hr). You can also drive to Gills Bay (5 hrs 15 minutes) and take the ferry.
Why visit? Travel back in time thousands of years in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site (please note the Maeshowe cairn is currently closed, but visitor centre is open) and capture island life in cosy pubs, galleries and shops.