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About Aberdeen - The information guide to the best attractions and places to visit in
About Aberdeen free guide to attractions and places to visit and what is on in 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 Aberdeen City in the North East of Scotland: from the cultural, theatrical and musical events at
His Majesty's Theatre,
The Music Hall
to the many places for children such as
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 word so that ye ken fit the loons an quines are gyan on aboot! This will come in handy when you enjoy Afternoon Tea in Aberdeen.
Entry for Aberdeen Race For Life is now open.
Aberdeen is 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 for Aberdeen city is Furry Boot Town after the Doric phrase Furry Boot Ye Frae!
A visit to Aberdeen City, Scotland 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 Aberdeen Beach.
The Parks in The Granite City are some of the Country's best, especially the ever popular
Use the links on the left to visit some of the many interesting and entertaining places in Aberdeenshire.
The latest attraction for Aberdeen City in 2007 is the Pirate Island 18 hole crazy golf course at Aberdeen beach. This themed crazy golf course can be enjoyed
in the glorious Aberdeen sunshine and at night in the floodlit area. Read our review and see photos.
Aberdeen has its own food such as the Aberdeen 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 Aberdeen City restaurants in our
restaurant reviews section.
Aberdeen City and the Shire 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 Aberdeenshire 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. Aberdeen 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 modern day Aberdeen is brought alive through the fictional work of top authors like
Stuart MacBride. Aberdeen even has eccentric and much loved rogues like Dr Walford Bodie MD.
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When visiting Aberdeen City and the coast of Aberdeenshire do drive past and get 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 the history of Aberdeenshire Lighthouses.
A fun place to visit in Aberdeenshire 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. The Alford Valley Railway is thought to be one of the best attractions and places to visit in Aberdeenshire Scotland.
There are many places About Aberdeen that are free to visit and this includes the ruins of Torry Battery Aberdeen 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 and the
Provost Skene's House. The Aberdeen
Tolbooth is not for the faint hearted and details the grisly history of Aberdeen. More sedate visitors to Aberdeen may prefer the peace of Art Gallery.