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Located in between the rivers Dee and Don, Aberdeen is a port city in northeast Scotland. It is unique and attracts tourists for a number of reasons. The city is full of history and culture, from its gorgeous granite buildings to the locals’ Doric dialect. Aberdeen’s sights don’t disappoint either, with rolling hills in the lush countryside and a pod of dolphins in the harbour!
The city has an array of historical attractions, from the Maritime Museum to sightseeing at the old University buildings. Home to over 260 castles, it’s no wonder why Aberdeen is nicknamed Scotland’s castle country! Go on a ‘Castle Trail’ where you can visit 19 of the most famous ones in a 6 day period! There is also a coastal trail too, where you can spot dolphins and seals.
Aberdeen’s abundance of picturesque, dreamy sights, from its architecture to its nature, are perfect for a couple’s romantic getaway. Meanwhile children are easily kept entertained with museums, beaches, and gardens to visit.
Boasting an array of attractions, there are plenty of ways to keep busy in Aberdeen!
Aberdeen’s lively nightlife caters to all; you can spend your evening in a traditional pub, a cocktail bar or in one of the clubs. Underground you’ll find The Tunnels – a tunnel-shaped music venue which hosts live music and club nights!
There are a range of eateries in Aberdeen, catering to those on a student budget as well as those looking for a gourmet meal. The city is known for its fresh seafood in particular!
Aberdeen has its beach and plenty of parks for kids to play in! If the weather isn’t great, head to the Zoology museum, where children will be fascinated by the exhibits of different animals.
Aberdeen is home to five shopping centres where you’ll find independent retailers and high-street favourites like Zara and Mac. There are many distilleries in this city – you can’t leave without buying a bottle of Deeside Single Malt Whisky!
Aberdeen’s Highland Games are held every year in June. This is the perfect event to immerse yourself in the city’s culture, with a range of entertainment from pipe band championships to stage performances!
The best time to go is during the summer months of June to September when the mildest weather is seen. The winter months are very cold, especially with the coastal winds, but you’ll find Aberdeen’s beauty is enhanced if you visit when there’s snow!
Pound sterling is used here.
Aberdeen shares the same time zone as Ireland.
There are regular direct flights from Dublin to Aberdeen with a flight time of just 1 hour and 40 minutes. From the airport, a transfer can get you to the city centre within 30 minutes. Travelling around Aberdeen is easy, the public buses and trains are easy to navigate.