Aberdeen Travel Guide

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Aberdeen Highlights

  • Pro
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     Nice scenary, history, castles, beaches, fishing villages, warm people 

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     Everything in Aberdeen is grey. :-( 

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     Don't miss the place, just the people 

Aberdeen Things to Do

  • Maritime Museum

    Shiprow winds its cobbled way down from Castlegate to the north side of Aberdeen harbour. Just off this steep road is the strikingly modern glass facade of the Maritime Museum. It combines a modern airy museum with Aberdeen’s oldest surviving building, that of Old Provost Ross’s House with its labyrinthine corridors, low doorways and small rooms.On...

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  • Marischal College and Museum

    Marischal College, part of Aberdeen University since 2011 has acted as the headquarters of Aberdeen City Council. It is the largest granite building in Great Britain and is a testimony to the skills of the city’s builders in working in granite. They built their city of granite with Marischal College as their crowning masterpiece. Its tall...

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  • Aberdeen Art Gallery

    One of the most graceful and eye-catching buildings in Aberdeen is the Aberdeen Art Gallery in the heart of the city. The architecture of this building with its pillared galleries and balustrade balconies makes it worth a visit in its own right. In its bright airy interior you can sit in peace and quiet and admire the art or just read a book or...

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Aberdeen Restaurants

  • Full of charm!

    We stumbled on this place after rejecting another potential lunch spot around the corner. A combination of 2nd hand book shop, coffee shop and restaurant.We loved the atmosphere - slightly intellectual & Bohemian, but cosy & relaxed too - and the food - nothing fancy, but fresh and well served. Would go back anytime! hmm... my 3 storey, jaw...

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  • THE BEST RESTAURANT IN SCOTLAND

    I found Scotland’s best restaurant entirely by accident. I was walking around and was invited by the fantastic smells as I walked along the street. When I went in I was greeted by the owner and head chef, John Jones. He explained that Yatai are open air food stalls in Japan where work colleagues and friends gather for food and drinks. The...

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  • Large choice of places to Eat

    A reasonable selection of restaurants from the Homemade Burger company, TGI Friday, Prezzo, Waggamamma, Yo Sushi, Chiquitos etc.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Square_Aberdeen ...almost to much selection!

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Aberdeen Nightlife

  • Braw!

    The Prince. One of the first pubs I was in during freshers’ week in September 1970. A “fresher” is a new student just arrived at Aberdeen University. They (the student union) run a week of induction festivities, designed to make sure your student loan/allowance evaporate in double quick time.So it was fun to be back in September 2011. It would have...

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  • It just doesn't get any better than...

    Estaminet is probably the most relaxed and hip pub in the city. It's clientle is largely composed of students, however, I would suggest of the more bohemian, artistic and relaxed type than your usual bleezing drunk student who has just vomited on his shoes (and yours).The decor is of a deep dark maghogany, with large comfy sofas and walls covered...

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  • Something different

    Kef comprises of two separate levels. The frist being a turkish influenced bar and booth area. Individual rooms with low coloured lighting invite you and your friends to get comfortable on the cushions and enjoy the music. A low set brass tableis in the middle of each booth. The staff provide table service so your comfort need not be...

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Aberdeen Transportation

  • Take a Ferry from Aberdeen Harbour

    Aberdeen Harbour is located in the City Centre and is a busy place with lots of varied shipping from supply boats, servicing the oil rigs, huge fishing factory ships, cargo ships, ships which transfer livestock from and to the Orkney and Shetland Islands and Northern Ferries who travel to the same Isles. I have encluded a selection of photos but so...

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  • no change given

    If possible try to find a bus guide to Aberdeen , as I found difficulties trying to get around.If taking a bus, it is essential to have correct change, as the bus driver will not refund any .However , as you state your destination, he might be good enough to tell you where to get off. I went past my stop and he stopped some distance away and...

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  • First Bus

    Well Aberdeen aint the cheapest of places to get around and the buses are in the same bracket but at least they go varied routes. An all day ticket is th eway to go if you are using the bus more than once and it works on all aberdeen first buses for the entire day as the name would suggest.The drivers are all very helpfull and if asked will give as...

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Aberdeen Shopping

  • Every thing Scottish

    The Saltire Shop as the name would suggest contains everything Scottish. The shop is large and spacious, a new addition to Aberdeen shops and a welcome addition to the usual High Street Stores. It really is a fun place to browse with some serious shopping items and a lot of funny novelty items as well. I did consider buying Finn a tiny baby...

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  • Customised Bears for you personally

    Great idea - see your bear being made - add a voice - choose an outfit - add a heart - get an adoption certificate & he's yours to love forever a great idea for children A bear of course and many other animals besides About £10 & upwards

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  • Favourite shop

    Harleys is only a small shop but I love it. Every pay day I head in there to spend a chunk of my hard earned cash. In here it sells a lot of stuff which you wouldn't get anywhere else. Although it is designer clothes which you get in here it is up and coming designers which haven't hit the main stream yet but the unfortunate thing is a lot later do...

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Aberdeen Local Customs

  • From Education to Business

    The Marischal College is the second largest granite building in the world, the largest is the Escorial in Madrid. The students have moved out of this historic and beautiful building to pastures modern and new.Marischal College with its attatched Church will now be the new home of Aberdeen Council, their present building at St. Nicholas house will...

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  • Remembering Piper Alpha

    It is very hard to believe and relive the Piper Alpha Disaster which happened at 22.00 hours on 6th. July 1988, Twenty years have gone by but memories remain here of the world worst off shore disaster. One Hundred and sixty seven men were lost to this tragedy with only 62 men pulled from the sea with horrific burns injuries. A service was held in...

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  • Listen Hard

    When in scotland you'll notice right away that everyone has an accent and it can be difficult to understand us. In aberdeen it can be especially bad as we speak a local dialect called "doric" this combined with us speaking quickly makes it difficult for people to understand. I have a thick accent and I notice it when I'm away as people often...

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Aberdeen Warnings and Dangers

  • Local accent

    The locals have an accent and vocabulary which will baffle outsiders, and foreigners in particular. When I went to Uni there, it took me about 3 weeks to get the hang of it (in spite of my mum being from the city, and us visiting regularly when we were young).The only comparison I can think of is the difference between French as spoken in Paris,...

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  • Up to you...

    Coming to Aberdeen I was told (by several people, even locals) to avoid two areas at night: the docks and Seaton Park. The harbor area is supposed to be a no-go at night (especially for women), but I don't think this shoud be taken as a general advice for everyone. You can be mugged (or not) in every bigger city, so I reckon it is just more likely...

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  • Be Careful what you take a picture of!!

    I caught sight of Aberdeen Arts Centre reflected in the building while looking at Marischal College accross the street - not realising the bigger building is Aberdeen Police Headquarters - sorry Officers didn't mean to include you with the Arty Set!!

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Aberdeen Tourist Traps

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    Provost Skene's House - Aberdeen

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    Provost Skene's House is pretty boring, it is where Provost George Skene used to live in the 17th century, and has now been turned into a museum. However, it is free so if you are ever at a loose end it could be worth it at a push.....

    Unique Suggestions: Look at everything so you don't have a wasted trip!

    Fun Alternatives: Go to the maritime museum instead.

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Aberdeen What to Pack

  • Mixture of clothes

    Well being in the north east of scotland the weather can get pretty cold and people who aren't from here seem to notice it a lot more. My biggest tip would be to take a variety of clothes as although it may be middle of summer that means nothing in scotland. I have seen it snow in june so beware. Also even on a nice sunny day in aberdeen it can...

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  • Don't like the weather?

    It all depends on which season you visit, the weather is changable in any season, so check the local weather forcast. It is always a good idea to wear layered clothing and always carry a waterproof jacket All are available locally but bring your own prescription items if you need any. Aberdeen has great sea and landscape vistas so bring plenty...

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  • Weather in Aberdeen...

    Doesn't make any difference, unless you want to go to the highlands - in this case I would recommend a backpack... Please keep in mind that the weather in Aberdeen is unpredictable and can change within minutes. Make sure you take wind and rain protection with you, during the winter months a beannie or something else to protect you ears - the wind...

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Aberdeen Off The Beaten Path

  • Craigievar

    Craigievar falls into the iconic category. So iconic that in 7 years living down the road in Aberdeen and countless visits to the city over 50+ years, I’d not been the castle.In August 11 I laid the ghost.It is set in the loveliest Aberdeenshire countryside - upland farms, low hills, woods. Then you come upon this pink edifice like a screen set...

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  • Crathes

    More mainstream “Royal Deeside” than Craigievar, probably I’d avoided it all these years for just that reason and because everyone tells me I must see it. It has commercial feel to it - a gift shop, a cafe, and they had a bridal party there just to take “nice” photos. Oh, and an operatic group singing from Carmen on the lawns as they warmed up for...

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  • Stone Circles in the Grampian Highlands

    This is the Daviot recumbent stone circle that dates to about 3,000 BCE. It is next to the cemetary circle

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Aberdeen Sports & Outdoors

  • Aberdeen FC

    The football is normally terrible but once in a while you can get some great entertainment. The cup run in 2007 / 2008 was great and something that may never happen again. Wrap up warm in mid winter, well all year round for that matter :-)

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  • Zorbing

    Zorbing aka TheMountain Ball at House Of Mulben.Little expensive at £45 per roll, but its for 2 people. It doesn't last long but thats just as well as its stomach churning.Great fun and something you need to do once in your lifetime. Near Keith at Mulben

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  • Go and see the Don's in action & their...

    Aberdeen Football Club was founded in 1903 when three of the city teams joined together to create the Dons - named after the river which flows nearby. Aberdeen F.C. play their home games at Pittodrie Stadium, capacity 22,199, situated near the beach promonade. The clubs mascot is Angus the Bull but if you check out the YouTube Link you will see...

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Aberdeen Favorites

  • Allanvale Cemetery.

    Quite early on in my time at Aberdeen I made a point of going to Allanvale Cemetery because I knew my maternal grandfather was buried there. He was one of the victims of the Influenza epidemic that swept across the world after WWI. He was only 33 years old. I managed to ask at an office for directions and found the grave, although it had no stone...

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  • Granite Greyness Greatness Grimness

    Daffodils, beach, granite glitter, crocus, green grass, robins, wee orange birdies, Scottish dancing, salsa (...Scottish salsa), friendly seagulls, creepy old buildings... Gravity.

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  • Aberdeen City in Bloom

    Aberdeen has won the coveted award of Britian in bloom competition many times - the city comes alive with colour from Cherry blossom and daffodils in spring time to fall colours in Autumn. The city has many parks and greenspace and the local council gardeners work hard to keep the city a very green place indeed.

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