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Eating and drinking in and around Aberdeen

It’s often said that Scotland is nature’s larder, and the areas in and around Aberdeenshire showcase this better than anywhere else. Home to Aberdeen Angus beef, the world’s favourite malt whisky region and countless restaurants and bars, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to meal times.

Here are a few of our favourite eating and drinking experiences for starters.

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The Malt Whisky Trail

The Malt Whisky Trail

Speyside is home to the greatest number of distilleries of any of the whisky-producing areas of Scotland, and also the Malt Whisky Trail, the only one of its kind in the world. 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. It’s the best way to explore the world's favourite malt whisky region.

Dinner to impress

Dinner to impress

Looking for a meal to impress? Look no further than The Silver Darling, a restaurant housed in a former customs office. Perched on Aberdeen’s harbour front, the restaurant serves up fresh seafood, fine wines and stunning views. On a sunny day or clear evening, a window table in the rooftop conservatory makes for the perfect romantic dinner setting.


Have a pint at Ma Cameron’s

Have a pint at Ma Cameron’s

Established in 1789, Ma Cameron’s is Aberdeen’s oldest pub. The snug nooks and crannies are the perfect place to settle in with a hot meal and a pint from the impressive selection of real ales or a dram of whisky. On a summer’s day, head to the rooftop beer garden to soak up the friendly atmosphere, or turn up on a Monday night and join a local team for the weekly pub quiz.


The local’s favourite

The local’s favourite

Nestled in the heart of Aberdeen’s Merchant Quarter, Moonfish Café is a local favourite, so we suggest you book ahead. The restaurant specialises in seafood, with an emphasis on simple preparation and fresh, local ingredients. The monthly changing menus and the chef’s love of up and coming food trends from around the world ensure that every visit is a new experience. And if you love gin, you’ll be delighted when the dedicated Gin List lands on your table.

Perfect fish & chips

Perfect fish & chips

It’d be rude to be this close to the sea and not sample the local fish and chips. The Ashvale Fish Restaurant in Aberdeen is an award-winning restaurant serving traditional fish and chips. Many locals flock here to take on The Whale – a 1lb battered haddock fillet. Finish The Whale and you’ll get a certificate and a free pudding (if you still have room!).

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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.

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