Aberdeen

Hotels in Aberdeen

Aberdeen is a great spot for a Scottish city break. Set on the same latitude as Juneau in Alaska, Aberdeen is a whopping 400 miles north of London, 120 miles north of Edinburgh, and 70 miles north of its nearest neighbour, Dundee. Despite its remote location, Aberdeen is a cosmopolitan and modern city with excellent nightlife, shopping, and culture.

It also benefits from a fairly mild temperature, thanks to its coastal location. Sunny days are pretty common in Aberdeen, and it can actually get quite toasty in the summer with highs of 18°C in July and August. Be prepared to experience four seasons in one day, however, as its common for sunny mornings to turn into rainy afternoons.

If you’re not blessed with sunny weather, there are plenty of museums and art galleries to keep you entertained. The Maritime Museum details the city’s seafaring history, while the Gordon Highlanders Museum offers a unique insight into the famous army regiment. Movie buffs will love a visit to the Belmont Picturehouse, a historic cinema which specialises in independent and foreign films.

Aberdeen is known for its beautiful architecture, with ornate buildings dotted throughout the city. Most of the buildings are made from local granite, which is why Aberdeen is locally known as “The Granite City”. On bright days you might notice the city sparkling in the sunshine. One of the best places to admire the architecture is at Union Terrace Gardens, a sunken grassy square surrounded by some of the city’s most iconic buildings.

As the hub of the North Sea oil industry, Aberdeen is one of the wealthiest cities in the UK. Expensive hotels, fine dining restaurants, and trendy bars cater to the deep pockets of visiting moguls and millionaires. It’s not all pricy, however: Aberdeen has two universities, and the lively student population ensures that there are always some great budget options.

Simply wandering around is a great way to drink in the culture and discover what Aberdeen’s all about. Down by the harbour you’ll find Footdee (pronounced ‘Fittie’), an old fishing village with narrow lanes and quaint cottages. It’s a great place to stop off and sample the famous Scottish seafood.

If you’re blessed with good weather, head to Balmedie Beach. Just eight miles north of the city, the pink sands and long boardwalk provide a great place to escape the city. Look out for the surfers braving the chilly North Sea waves, and wonder why they don’t just stick to snowboarding at nearby Glenshee and The Lecht: two of the best ski spots in the UK.  

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