About Aberdeen is a free guide to attractions, 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
! 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
Cambus O May Suspension Bridge
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
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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
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
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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
is not for the faint hearted and details the grisly history of Aberdeen. More sedate visitors may prefer the peace of the Art Gallery