Aberdeen City Guide

Aberdeen, Scotland’s third-largest city, is a town with sparkle. Its glittering granite skyline, famous the world over, is matched by an impressive line-up of culture, shopping and nightlife from world-class restaurants to first-rate museums. It’s one of the only cities in Britain with a proper sandy beach and there’s some of Scotland’s most seductive scenery just outside the city in Royal Deeside, the The Cairngorms National Park and along the coast. You’ll leave intoxicated by rich maritime history, eye-catching architecture and some of the world’s finest whiskies.

Culture and heritage

Aberdeen has long and close ties with the ocean - it’s a bustling port where ferries dock and depart, fishing boats bring home the day’s catch and oil workers leave town for the offshore rigs. On land, Aberdeen boasts a lively cultural scene with several great venues hosting gigs, comedy and theatre.


You’ll find all your favourite high street shops on Union Street, Belmont Street and George Street. For something more special try the boutique shops on The Green and in the West End. The Union Square development and Bon Accord Centre are good options if you want all your shops under one roof.


Take your pick from some excellent museums, have a day at the beach or tour one of Aberdeenshire’s famous whisky distilleries. The award-winning Maritime Museum is a must-see as is Aberdeen’s old town with its cobbled streets and graceful granite buildings.