Discover the Granite City

Where the rivers Dee and Don meet the North Sea, you’ll find the harbor city of Aberdeen. Remote and northerly, Scotland’s third largest city is a surprising gem with distinctive architecture and a cosmopolitan feel.

Encompassing a veritable wonderland of urban delights and pastoral pursuits, Aberdeen stands apart from other Scottish cities. You won’t hear Gaelic around these parts, as this bright sunny port more closely resembles a typical English city.

Look up to admire the granite architecture that varies from highly ornamented Victorian to robust, rough-hewn Scottish façade in the heart of quaint Old Aberdeen. Walk the bustling, mile-long Union Street to peruse high-street shops and venture into local independent stores. Explore the spirit of Aberdeen’s maritime history in Footdee—a traditional fishing village full of quirky outbuildings—or one of the many local museums.

Play a round of golf at the sixth-oldest course in the world. Savor an Aberdeen buttery with jam to power you through a day of castle hopping. Sip a pint of hand-drawn ale amongst locals at the Prince of Wales. Where urban comfort meets the vastness of the North Atlantic, Aberdeen is Scotland’s most romantic city.

Walk Through Winter Gardens

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A close up of purple flowers at the Walk Through Winter Gardens in Aberdeen, Scotland

Walk Through Winter Gardens

Discover a bounty of tropical and exotic plants at one of the largest indoor gardens in Europe. The David Welch Winter Gardens offers a stunning showcase of Victorian glasshouses and vibrant plant life. Explore the Japanese Garden—one of the few exterior spaces—and take a tranquil moment to appreciate the architecture and design of a bygone era.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

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A woman looking at a statue at the Aberdeen Art Gallery in Aberdeen, Scotland

Aberdeen Art Gallery

An artistic marvel both inside and out, this stunning art gallery welcomes guests with its exquisite marble and granite main hall. Encapsulated in gorgeous Victorian architecture, explore a display of modern and more traditional works from Scottish artists of note. Walk the gallery’s grand walls to discover paintings, sculptures, antique silverware, and mixed media pieces.

Castle Crawl

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An exterior view of Craigievar Castle in Aberdeen, Scotland

Castle Crawl

No visit to Aberdeen is complete without a tour of its collection of castles. Walk the grounds of the romantic Craigievar Castle to see its fairytale-esque pink façade, pointed turrets, and rolling green landscapes fit for a princess. At Drum Castle, explore Scotland’s oldest intact square tower surrounded by a beautiful garden of historic roses. Duck inside to see its fine furniture or walk the estates woodland trails through the Forest Drum.

Aberdeen, Scotland At a glance

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Current Time:
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Monday, October 22
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Exchange Rates:
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  • 85.84
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Local Details:
GPS: 57°9'9.36"N 2°6'36"E
Size: 56.10 KM2 (21.66 MI2)
Population: 492,400
Density: 8,777 Pop/KM2 (3,389 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: 44

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