Marischal College

4 Days in Aberdeen

Don't miss the opportunity to visit Aberdeen, a compact city with bags of personality. In this packed itinerary we show you a range of places to visit over four fantastic days - an exciting mix of history, culture and beauty spots.

Find the Aberdeen accommodation that suits your taste and budget, arrange travel to Scotland's gorgeous north east coast, and pack your suitcase! From city sightseeing to discovering the wider region of Aberdeenshire, a holiday in Aberdeen will give you a snapshot of Scotland to remember.

Start / Finish
Aberdeen / Aberdeen
  • Days
  • Distance

  • Transport
  • Main theme
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Marischal College
Craigievar Castle
King's College Chapel
Areas covered

Day 1Exploring Aberdeen


We find ourselves in the centre of Aberdeen for your first day exploring. There are a lot of things to see in this bustling and beautiful city, from medieval buildings to expansive beachfront views. Look out for great shopping at Union Square and Trinity Shopping Centre too, as well as a host of pubs and restaurants to stop for a bite to eat.

  • Aberdeen Maritime Museum Aberdeen

    Aberdeen Maritime Museum exterior photograph

    Looking at Aberdeen Harbour, it's no surprise to learn that Aberdeen is one of Scotland's most important ports. The best place to discover more about this city's industry and its long relationship with the North Sea is at the Aberdeen Maritime Museum. Through objects, paintings, exhibitions and interactive displays, you can find out about the likes of ship building and fishing in Aberdeen and the fascinating story of the North Sea oil industry.

    Experience the Aberdeen Maritime Museum
    Maritime Museum,Shiprow,Aberdeen,AB11 5BY
  • Aberdeen Art Gallery Aberdeen City Centre

    Aberdeen Art Gallery exterior

    © Dapple Photography

    A newly refurbished member of Aberdeen's arts and culture scene, Aberdeen Art Gallery is bursting at the seams with some of the finest collections in the UK. Pay a visit and browse the incredible array of works of art, design, paintings and more, showcasing a range of artists including Joan Eardley, Samuel Peploe, and Rachel McLean, as well as nationally and internationally-acclaimed artists including Barbara Hepworth, Francis Bacon, and Claude Monet.

    Find out more about Aberdeen Art Gallery
    Schoolhill,Aberdeen City Centre,AB10 1FQ
    Key facilities
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Hearing Loop
    • Level Access
    • Accessible toilets
    • WiFi
    • Cafe or Restaurant
  • Provost Skene's House Aberdeen City Centre

    Provost Skene's House

    One you may not have heard of, Provost Skene's House celebrates the pioneering people of Aberdeen who have not only shaped the city, but have also helped transform the world. Delve into the stories and achievements of over 100 people that were born and raised in this north-east corner of Scotland. From innovators, scientists, writers and sporting champions, to those who made it to the big screen and beyond, there are some pretty remarkable people to learn about here.

    Provost Skene's House is also the oldest surviving town house in Aberdeen.

    Find out more about Provost Skene's House
    Guestrow,Flourmill Lane,Aberdeen City Centre,AB10 1AS

Day 2More Great Sightseeing


Having the spent the previous day strolling around Aberdeen city centre, you'll have noticed that there are plenty more places to see. On your second day in the city, you'll see some of Aberdeen's famous granite architecture and finish the day at Aberdeen Beach where you could even try watersports!

  • Aberdeen beach Aberdeen

    Aberdeen Beach and Queens Links is famous for its golden sand and its long curved length between the harbour and the River Dons mouth.

    © Kenny Lam, VisitScotland. All rights reserved.

    Only a short distance from the city centre lies a classic beachfront, complete with an esplanade featuring shops, cafés and an art-deco style ballroom. Stop for an ice-cream and look out towards the swirling North Sea, or embrace the salty sea air on a brisk walk or jog along the promenade, all the way from Footdee to the River Don.

    Find out more about Aberdeen beach
    Queens Links,Beach Boulevard,Beach Esplanade,Aberdeen,AB24 5NS
  • Marischal College Aberdeen

    Marischal College and statue of Robert the Bruce.

    © Kenny Lam, VisitScotland. All rights reserved.

    Founded in 1593, Marischal College became the second university in Aberdeen. It's glittering granite edifice and magnificent Gothic style makes it one of the city's architectural highlights. In fact, it's the  second largest granite building in the world.

    Find out more about Marischal College
    Broad Street,Aberdeen,AB10 1AB

Day 3A Day Out in Aberdeenshire

Day 4Back to Aberdeen

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