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About Aberdeen free guide to attractions and places to visit and what is on in the Granite City and around Aberdeenshire
“Aber” means mouth of a river and the breathtakingly beautiful River Dee runs through the city – hence the name.
There is so much to do here in the North East of Scotland: from the cultural, theatrical and musical events at
His Majesty's Theatre and the The Music Hall to the many places for children such as the Gordon Highlanders Museum and the living interactive child museum The Satrosphere.
A drive of about 15 minutes from Aberdeen City centre takes you to the beautiful countryside of Royal Deeside onto the
The Castle Trail but watch out for the
Ghosts! Though there are tastier spirits to be
found at the Distilleries.
The countryside in Royal Deeside is breath-taking and picturesque. Examples include the
Falls of Feugh and
Cambus O May Suspension Bridge.
The best way to see this and the many Castles is by
Hot Air Balloon.
Before you do anything you really need to learn our local dialect which is called Doric.
Learn the many Doric words so that ye ken fit the loons an quines are gyan on aboot! This will come in handy when you enjoy Afternoon Tea.
We are Scotland’s third largest city and is known fondly as The Granite City due to the local pale stone which adorns so many of its outstanding buildings. It is also nicknamed the oil capital of Europe, the Dallas
of Britain and the silver city with the golden sands. Another nickname is Furry Boot Town after the Doric phrase Furry Boot Ye Frae!
A visit would not be complete without a walk through
Old Aberdeen to see some picturesque and olden examples architecture in some of Scotland's oldest buildings such as Provost Skene's House. Examples of traditional fishing cottages can still be seen at nearby Footdee by the
Our parks are some of the Country's best, especially the ever popular
Aberdeen Scotland is famed for its many golf courses and our favourite is the Pirate Island 18 hole crazy golf course! This themed crazy golf course can be enjoyed in the glorious sunshine and at night in the floodlit area.
Local food includes the Buttery which is nicknamed the Rowie. There is also mealie puddings, haggis, tablet, pan drops, Lorne square sausages, soups like Cullen Skink soup or Scotch Broth and main meals like skirlie and stovies. Read more about these on the
Scottish Recipes pages or visit the restaurants reviews.
The region has been home to many
Famous Aberdonians over the centuries and this has included people like Indian Peter
and Thomas Blake Glover who have made outstanding contributions to worldwide culture and history.
In modern days people have
benefited from the talents of locallly born loons and lassies such as top actor
David Rintoul who many will remember from TV's Doctor Finlay and Hornblower as well as his live theatre work.
It has been the home City of many other entertainers such as the late folk singer Calum Kennedy, internationally acclaimed percussionist Evelyn Glennie and the talented chart topping Sandi Thom.
Our local language Doric is kept alive through broadcasters and writers like
Robbie Shepherd and the modern day is brought alive through the fictional work of top authors like
Stuart MacBride. We have even had eccentric and much loved rogues like Dr Walford Bodie MD.
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When visiting the coast do look out for photo opportunities of the many
Those who travel up to the Broch (Fraserburgh) can enter Kinnaird Head Lighthouse
and climb to the top of the tower and view the lights with the guide.
These is also the Scottish Lighthouse Museum there where you can learn more information about their history.
A fun place to visit is the Alford Valley Railway which is a 2ft narrow gauge railway run by volunteers. This takes passengers on a route which affords scenes of Bennachie and rural Aberdeenshire.
There are many places that are free to visit and this includes the ruins of Torry Battery which is the photograph to the left. Other free places to visit in Aberdeen which are highly recommended by the About Aberdeen team include
museums and historic buildings such as the Maritime Museum. The
Tolbooth is not for the faint hearted and details the grisly history of Aberdeen. More sedate visitors may prefer the peace of Art Gallery.