With a name meaning ‘at the mouth of the Dee’, Aberdeen’s fortunes have been inextricably linked to its position on the river estuary ever since it was settled. As Scotland’s third-largest city, it is a busy sea port with a thriving centre. Much of Aberdeen began to grow after the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, after Robert the Bruce rewarded the loyal townspeople for their help. Soon the then-town had expanded, and was one of Scotland’s largest fishing centres. In later centuries this trade had increased Aberdeen’s wealth, which led to the building of many grand buildings. Much of the centre – including the roads – is made of granite.
With a name meaning ‘at the mouth of the Dee’, Aberdeen’s fortunes have been inextricably linked to its position on the river estuary ever since it was settled - there are many things to See & Do in the Granite city!
Take a walk down the docks and see the ferries that go to and from Shetland.
Across from the docks you can find the very interesting and free Maritime museum which is well worth a visit.
At 480 feet deep, the Rubislaw Quarry is the biggest man-made hole in Europe. The fine grey granite from the quarry is visible in the majority of Aberdeen’s buildings. It closed in 1971 and is now full of water.
Hazlehead Park is popular with sports enthusiasts, walkers, families and picnickers – and is also home to Provost Alexander’s Maze, Scotland’s oldest maze.
Nightclubs, Bars, Cinemas and Theatres
Why not try Haggis & Neeps in one of Aberdeens many quality restaurant!
Sample a wee dram in a traditional scottish pub.
Foot, Bus, Bike there are many ways to explore Aberdeen.
Contact us for information on day tours by rail from Aberdeen.