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Scottish Agricultural College, Aberdeen, AB21 9TR, United Kingdom
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Is Aberdeen a nice place for sightseeing?

by HienVN

I have no ideas about Aberdeen. Could you please let me know if it is a worth place for visitting and how many days I should stay there?


Re: Is Aberdeen a nice place for sightseeing?

by mydreamquest

Aberdeen is on my list of places to see in the next 3 or 4 years. If you like Modern or Alternative Rock, Aberdeen has many awesome places to see great Scottish Bands.

Big Country, Cocteau Twins, Idlewild, etc. etc. great contributors to rock music.

Also, definitely worth visiting.

Re: Re: Is Aberdeen a nice place for sightseeing?

by mrjemm

I'd love to see those bands, but I haven't seen many great exmaples yet. Drummond's is probably the best live music place here though.

But, answering your question...

I like it here. It's not a really major rouist destination in itself, but there are lots of nice places around- numerous castles for example. Also it is a good starting point for the entry to the highlands in my opinion- more fun than Inverness, but maybe not as "pretty". It would be nicer top visit in summer though, as it is rather colder and wetter than some places, being on the coast.

Some say it is depressing to look at, begin all grey, I prefer to think of it as majestic in silver. ;-)

The Scotch industry is all close too- lots of distilleries around.

I'd suggest a couple of nights.

Hope you like it, Jem

Re: Re: Is Aberdeen a nice place for sightseeing?

by koru

I've been to Aberdeen several times because I've some friends there and I must say it is a lovely town. Its buildings are mostly made of a dark stone which makes it look a bit "dickenslike" town but with a peculiar charm.
The Blackfriars pub, at the top end of union street at the Mercat Cross is worth a visit.
Anyway, Aberdeen is an ideal spot for visiting the countryside which is * ABSOLUTELY * beautiful plenty of lovely castles (Crathes, Drum, Dunottar, etc..) with gorgeous gardens.
So I would recommend to stay quite few days at least for visiting all the surroundings.

Re: Re: Is Aberdeen a nice place for sightseeing?

by mrjemm

I like the description of "Dickenslike", I've not thought of it like that way, but you're right, it does have an air of it. The stone is granite, but there's none left here, so nothing new will be built of it.

Youi're right about the Blackfriars, I will go along- they've won numerous awards for food and beer I believe and is always an early stop for arriving offshore workers... There are some other good pubs around- Prince of Wales outside the shopping centre is good (but food not so much) and popular.

Dunottar Castle as mentioned is lovely, as is the nearby small town of Stonehaven. It's setting though is what makes it stand out.

Dare I suggest looking at some pages? (Hehehe, mine will be seen no doubt, evil laugh)...

Re: Is Aberdeen a nice place for sightseeing?

by Manara

I spent two days in Aberdeen during a holiday and it seemed an adequate time. I visited also Crathes castle and enjoyed it very much. It is just a few Km from the city. The castle itself is not impressive, but the park is wonderful.

Travel Tips for Aberdeen

Aberdeen is the heart of the...

by u50jr

Aberdeen is the heart of the Scottish National Party. This means that people are realy sensitive about the factt hat they are Scottish and not English. Some foreigners tend to call all people in Britain, English which is a realy sore point in Aberdeen.


by marciaca

A Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) is traditional Scottish dancing, jigging to fiddles, bagpipes, and guitars. It was a lot of fun. For the beginner it wasn't too hard to pick up on the dances. The band leader will explain the dances and then about 1/2 through you actually get the hang of it.
Its sorta like the dancing scene in 3rd class in the movie Titanic except everyone is dressed to the nines.
These are only occasional events that happen every couple of months. It is better to have a date, but it isn't required at all because many people dance with different people.

It definitely was a lot of fun!!!! This American wants to go again!!

take a walk in the Fitties...

by globetrott

The area of the Fitties is pubic ground and nobody will mind , when you walk through and have a closer look.
There is a large 4-sided block of 2-storey-houses and the Fitties are inside of that block (you see the kind of houses I am talking about on the left of this pic)

A cosy place to eat pizza.

by Sharna. about Josephines

This cosy little italian restaurant has an atmosphere that changes with the customers. Its quite small but well designed. A party would fill this little restaurant and they could rock the night away. Most of the time its couples and close friends who dine here. I know becuase I was on a date when I went! The staff are friendly and effiecient. Overall a lovely place to dine. The pizza was great, I can't really remember what it was, I was too nervous! (First date!)

They also had a very calming house white wine.

Todhead Lighthouse

by ringleader

Near Catterline and. seen across green fields from the A92 coast road between Inverbervie and Stonehaven, guards the rocky coastline below. Nearby is Kinneff Kirk, where the Honours of Scotland (the Scottish Crown jewels) were hidden in the 17th century from Cromwell’s troops.


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