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Unmissable experiences in and around Aberdeen

If you’re looking for a break with the perfect mix of vibrant city life and natural beauty, look no further than a trip to Aberdeen. With must-see attractions for all the family, world-class culture and access to some of the best countryside scenery in the UK, an Aberdeen holiday is an unforgettable holiday.

Kick start your break with these unmissable experiences in and around Aberdeen. Book your flight to Aberdeen today and you’ll soon be exploring the castle trail, sampling some of the best whisky in Scotland and indulging your inner adventurer in the Scottish countryside.

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Balmoral Castle

Discover the castle trail…

With more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK, Aberdeenshire is known as ‘Castle Country’, and is home to Scotland’s only Castle Trail. The trail guides you around 17 of the region’s finest castles, including the iconic (and haunted) Dunnottar Castle, Balmoral Castle – where the Queen spends her summers – and the fairytale Craigievar Castle, which is thought to be the inspiration for Walt Disney’s enchanted castle.

Malt Whiskey Trail

… and follow the Malt Whisky Trail

Head inland from Aberdeen and you’ll soon find yourself in Speyside, home to the greatest number of distilleries of any of the whisky-producing areas of Scotland. Speyside is also home to the Malt Whisky Trail, the best way to explore the world's favourite malt whisky region. The trail guides you around seven working distilleries including the world-famous Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Glen Moray distilleries. At each stop you can expect a warm welcome and an invitation to see, smell, taste and absorb the magic of whisky.


Shop ‘til you drop

Are you a high street label lover or an independent boutique hunter? Whatever your shopping style, Aberdeen has something for you. Union Square is the city’s largest shopping hotspot and home to over 70 high street brands, and you can also find great high street names and specialist shops in the Bon Accord Centre and St Nicholas Centre. For a more unique shopping experience, head to Merchant Quarter - the historic area of the city - where you’ll find independent music shops and vintage boutiques.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Get arty

The Aberdeen Art Gallery is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Nestled in the heart of the city, the gallery is home to one of the most important art collections in the country, ranging from 18th century portraits to contemporary work by the likes of Damien Hirst and Gavin Turk. There’s also a year-round calendar of exhibitions as well as special events, including lunchtime talks.

Cairngorms National Park

A breath of fresh air

Just an hour’s drive from Aberdeen is the Cairngorms National Park, Britain’s biggest National Park and the perfect place to discover Scotland’s countryside. With Britain's highest mountain range; its biggest native forests; spectacularly clean rivers and lochs; an abundance of British wildlife; culture from castles and museums to traditional distilleries plus a host of family activities, the toughest decision you'll have to make is where to start.

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Food and Drink in Aberdeen.

Food and Drink in Aberdeen

Aberdeen Angus Beef and fine Scottish Whisky are just two things Aberdeen is known for. Let your taste buds go wild on a culinary adventure of Aberdeen’s finest bars and restaurants.

Things to do in Aberdeen.

Things to do in Aberdeen

The perfect mix of city life and natural beauty, Aberdeen is full of amazing things to see and do. From exploring the many museums, galleries and nature trails of Aberdeen, to designer shopping and whisky sampling experiences. Find out why the Granite City rocks.

Best outdoor activities in Aberdeen.

Best outdoor activities in Aberdeen

Explore the stunning natural beauty of the Aberdeenshire countryside. From relaxing country walks to extreme snowboarding and skiing, there are many outdoor pursuits to suit your mood.

Annual Events.

Annual Events

There’s always something going on in Aberdeen throughout the year, from the Speyside Whisky Festival to the Braemar Gatherings. Check out our Top 5 Annual Events to see what’s going on when in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen weather

Prepare for the weather before your holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
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Average monthly rainfall (mm)
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Average daily sunshine (hours)
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