A welcoming experience - Aberdeen City and Shire

A welcoming experience - Aberdeen City and Shire

Outside space and activities

The north east of Scotland is known for its miles of spectacular coastline with craggy clifftops and wide beaches perfect for a walk or bike ride. Moving inland you can challenge yourself to take on over 30 Munros or do some wildlife spotting at the Cairngorms National Park. There are plenty of outdoor activities available all year-round including skiing, kayaking and surfing, so there’s always something to do.
If you are looking for something less active, ancient sites and symbols, mysterious standing stones, towering granite walls and legendary castles (we have been home to a staggering 263 castles!) mark Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as a heartland of Scottish history.

Within the city you can find numerous parks all with something different to offer. Duthie Park boasts one of Europe’s largest indoor gardens or if you would prefer woodland walks, you can take a wander through Hazlehead Park. Closer to home, you can investigate Seaton Park, 27 hectares of riverside walks, formal gardens and playing fields right next door to King’s College Campus.

The city boasts various outdoor festivals throughout the year such as the Highland Games and Spectra festival of lights. 

A vibrant city life

Aberdeen is a vibrant, creative and ambitious city, known for its historic charm and cosmopolitan community. Voted the Safest City in Scotland*, Aberdeen has been awarded five consecutive Purple Flags for safety in the city centre. In Aberdeen you can be sure that our venues, bars, cafes and clubs will have your safety as a priority.

Aberdeen is home to a range of venues, from the historical His Majesty’s Theatre, the Music Hall and the newly renovated Aberdeen Art Gallery to smaller intimate spaces like the Lemon Tree or the Blue Lamp, which regularly welcome the biggest names in music, West End shows and comedy, as well as up-and-coming local talent. 

The city also offers a fantastic mix of both well-known restaurant chains and quirky independently owned eateries, with many offering takeaway and delivery services. Whether you are out with friends or having a night in, you can find restaurants that cater for vegan, gluten-free and halal diets, and discover many different international cuisines including Brazilian, Thai, Turkish and West African.

All year round, and in all circumstances, there will always be something in Aberdeen for you.

*Source: Unbroken Britain Survey, Provident Financial 2018