When planning a city break to Scotland, most of us would probably first consider the likes of Edinburgh or Glasgow when deciding whereabouts to spend a night or two. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the popular Scottish cities and swap them for picturesque scenery, countless outdoor activities and an abundance of historical museums and galleries, take a trip to Aberdeen!
Walking tours of Aberdeen
When it comes to walking tours, there are countless on offer – so make sure you pack your comfy shoes! A peaceful stroll through Old Aberdeen will show you some of the city’s most incredible architecture, including the exquisite King’s College which was founded in 1495. Others include church tours, sightseeing tours and museum and gallery tours; the majority are free, and there’s always time to stop off in a pub for a drink to keep you going!
Aberdeen maritime museum
Aberdeen’s award-winning maritime museum is an absolute must-see, and it’s FREE to get in! Telling the story of Aberdeen’s relationship with the sea, the museum itself incorporates Provost Ross’s House, which was built in 1593. Whether you are into your fast sailing ships, fishing and port history or not, you simply cannot miss this historical hub of information. Don’t forget to take a look at the incredible view over the harbour from the museum.
Pack a picnic and a cosy blanket to spread out on and get down to one of Aberdeen’s most beautiful outdoor spaces, Seaton Park. With stunning flower beds, a walled garden, a children’s play area and a peaceful riverside walk, you can spend hours in the park enjoying the scenery – weather permitting! If you are a social media addict, Seaton Park is the ideal place to take that perfect Instagram snap, as the scenery is absolutely stunning.
Footdee, the fishing village
This quaint fishing village, situated near Aberdeen harbour, dates back to medieval times – but this doesn’t stop people still living here in beautiful little cottages with their backs to the sea. The beach at Footdee can only be described as spectacular – with miles of golden sand lining the ocean, you might even be able to take a dip if you visit during the summer months!
For some of the most awe-inspiring architecture in all of Scotland, visit one (or all!) of Aberdeen’s spectacular cathedrals. St Mary’s, St Andrew’s and St Machar’s cathedrals are dotted around the city; but, if you don’t fancy walking, the public transport system in Aberdeen will get you there in a matter of minutes. Every cathedral is stunning in its own way, but make sure you check out the interior of St Machar’s – as the oldest cathedral in Aberdeen, the architecture is out of this world!
The information presented is accurate as of February 2017.