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On the east coast of Scotland, the royal borough of Aberdeen is kind of a big deal. It may have earned the nickname “Granite City” from the town quarry, but Aberdeen is known for its gorgeous spring blooms, lively locals and ancient historical sites. To see the granite shine, book one of our Aberdeen holidays and pack for castle weather—cool and breezy.
We can’t promise you the bed of a monarch—that would be weird—but there are several Aberdeen hotels right on the edge of the North Sea or along the River Dee. Book accommodation in Edinburgh, too, for a tour of Bonnie Scotland.
The City of Aberdeen may not be in the Scottish Highlands, but Aberdeenshire—the surrounding county—is home to the craggy, mountainous region. If you sit in a local pub, you’ll hear many Highland stories told over a pint. Visit the Gordon Highlanders Museum for a tour, tea and tartan. Bring your focus back to the sea with an arvo at the Aberdeen Maritime Museum downtown and a walk at Torry Battery for the best views of the North Sea. Next, push the energy level up a notch. Scots know how to have a good time, so check out the live music scene on Belmont Street or schedule your holiday around one of their festivals, like the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. Later, rest easy in a nearby Aberdeen hotel and wake up to a “buttery” (the city’s signature flaky butter roll) and a day trip to Craigievar Castle, built during the 17th century.
Touch down at Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ), located about 10 km northwest of the city in Dyce. When you’re ready to roll, public transportation offers direct routes to Aberdeen city centre and around town.
The North Sea is calling. Wotif’s answer includes sweet deals on Aberdeen accommodation and airfare. Just say, “Aye!”Nicknamed the Granite City, it is not hard to guess what most of the city's buildings are made from! Famous for having one of the most interesting cityscapes in the UK, Aberdeen is home to a fantastic selection of architectural styles - all in shades of grey! Wander around and lose yourself in the delightful streets. Within Aberdeen, a major place for tourists is the charming Old Aberdeen. You will find one of the city's symbols, the Crown Tower, as well as the unusual double spire cathedral of St Machar, the historic Kings College, the Old Town House, and the futuristic University Library. Elsewhere around the city you will find a further two cathedrals, historic homes, several great museums and art galleries, peaceful parks and gardens, and the charming fishing village of Footdee. Check out the sands of Aberdeen Beach, and take a cruise around the pretty harbour.
If after all that, you're still hungry for more, the wider area is home to a rich selection of places that are easily visited in a day. Castles that could have been conjured straight from a fairytale offer a magical glimpse into the grand old days of yesteryear, and the charming town of Stonehaven is known for its breath-taking beauty.
Aberdeen city centre is easy to get around by foot, but good bus services and plentiful taxis are available for longer distances. If Aberdeen tickles your fancy have a look at flights into the city and our Aberdeen accommodation. Go on - you know you want to!
Hotels in Aberdeen start at AU$57 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.