Aberdeen Travel Guide

Aberdeen Attractions

Aberdeen is a place that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. One of the world's largest international youth festival takes place here in the summer, with literature, jazz and traditional folk festivals taking place in the spring. For history lovers, Aberdeen has an abundance of museums and tours of its historic buildings. Aberdeen also acts as a perfect hub from which to explore the majesty of the Grampian Highlands, enjoy an extended tipple on the Malt Whisky trail, or ramble around ancient Scottish castles and historic battlefields nearby.

Aberdeen has a few worthy attractions to draw tourists in. The Maritime Museum and Aberdeen Art Gallery are worth a visit to get a taste of the local culture and history, while picturesque Brig o' Balgownie, the lovely Duthie Park, and a number of other pleasant green spaces in the city are at their best in the summer months, May to August. The vibrant waterfront district also merits exploration, as well as some of the lovely sandy beaches close by. A little further afield is the malt whisky trail of the Grampian Highlands, and Balmoral Castle, one of the most magnificent castles in the British Isles.

Cycling in Aberdeenshire

Getting Outdoors

There are plenty of hiking, running and cycling trails dotted in and around Aberdeen, and outdoor fanatics will have no shortage of things to do during their time in the city. Kirkhill Forest, Gight Wood Reserve and the Bin Forest are just...  see full details

Golfing in Aberdeenshire


With courses stretched out over rambling beaches, or hidden within castle-dotted forests, Aberdeen is likely to tempt even the most unenthusiastic of golfers to a round. Some of the world's greatest golf tournaments have taken place in the area. The Royal Aberdeen Golf Club...  see full details

Whisky still

Malt Whisky Trail

The Grampian Highlands area is famous for its delicious malt whisky, and the best way to explore this long-standing tradition is by following a whisky route to eight different distilleries, including the Glenfiddich Distillery that was founded in 1886. Visitors can learn about the...  see full details

Duthie Park

Duthie Park

Created by Lady Elizabeth Duthie in 1881 to commemorate her uncle and brother, Duthie Park is beautifully situated on the banks of the River Dee and draws hundreds of visitors to its colourful floral displays and 44 acres (18ha) of well-maintained grounds. The park...  see full details

Brig O' Balgownie

Brig o' Balgownie

Built from granite and sandstone, the single-arched Brig o' Balgownie, stretching over the River Don, dates back to the 13th century and was completed in 1320 during the Scottish War of Independence. Although part of the bridge has never changed, it was extensively renovated...  see full details

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Situated on historic Shiprow, with spectacular views of the busy harbour, the Aberdeen Maritime Museum proudly exhibits the city's strong maritime history and its close connection to the sea. It is an award-winning museum and is housed partly in Provost Ross's House, built in...  see full details

Abderdeen Art Gallery

Aberdeen Art Gallery

The Aberdeen Art Gallery was first opened in 1885, and more than a hundred years later, continues to be one of the city's most popular attractions. The gallery has a large permanent and changing collection, housed in an impressive 19th-century building with an exquisite...  see full details

Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle

No trip to Scotland is complete without a visit to one of its magnificent castles, and Balmoral Castle - set on the banks of the River Dee - is one of the best known and most prestigious. The castle, with its fairy-tale turrets,...  see full details