Things to do in Aberdeen

Not only are we incredibly handy for Aberdeen Airport, we’re also just a 15 minute drive from the city centre, too. And don’t be deceived by Aberdeen’s nickname of the “Granite City”, that’s simply a reflection of the distinctive architecture, not of the people. In fact the opposite is true as the welcome you’ll receive in the shops, restaurants, bars and tourist attractions is one of the warmest in Scotland. So whether you’re looking for a scenic walk, designer fashion, a new drama or to step back in time, you’ll find plenty to see and do in this historic yet vibrant city.

Arts & Culture

  • Aberdeen Maritime Museum - 8.6 Miles

    Situated within the historic Shiprow area of the city centre, the museum is home to many artefacts that help to recount the historical relationship the region has shared with the sea, including shipbuilding, fishing and the North Sea oil industry.

  • His Majesty’s Theatre - 7.9 Miles

    The beautiful building of His Majesty’s Theatre boasts the title of the largest theatre in North – East Scotland. A wide range of shows are put on including many famous musicals such as Dirty Dancing and Grease.

  • Aberdeen Art Gallery - 8.1 Miles

    One of the city’s most popular tourist destinations, the gallery is home to paintings, sculpture and graphics from the 15th century to the modern day. There are often special exhibitions, talks and lunchtime concerts, all free of charge.

  • Provost Skene House - 8.4 Miles

    Named after its most famous resident, this unique building is now home to a series of period rooms decorated to show how people lived in the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. Attractions include the Painted Gallery and the Costume Gallery.

  • Gordon's Highlander Museum - 6.0 Miles

    Based in the heart of north-east Scotland, in the beautiful former home of prominent Scottish artist, Sir George Reid, the museum is constantly evolving. It tells the 200-year story of one of Britain’s proudest regiments.

Local Attractions

  • The Torry Battery - 10.6 Miles

    Is an artillery battery in Aberdeen, which has overlooked the city's harbour since 1860. Much later, it was used to defend the city in both WWI and WWII.

  • Aberdeen Girdleness Lighthouse - 11.8 Miles

    Situated at the entrance of the River Dee, the Lighthouse was designed by Robert Louis Stevenson (grandfather to the author of the same name) and built by James Gibb in 1833. It was automated in 1991 and still remains a navigation aid for the many ships entering Aberdeen harbour.

Outside of the city

  • Balmoral Castle - 70.7 Miles

    Set amongst the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside, in the shadows of Lochnagar is the Balmoral Estate. Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, the Estate has been the Scottish Home of the British Royal Family ever since.

  • Cairngorms National Park - 58.3 Miles

    Britain's highest and most massive mountain range; its biggest native forests; spectacularly clean rivers and lochs; moorland and farmland and a stronghold for Britain's wildlife - this special place offers the warmest of welcomes from people who live and work here.

  • Glen Garioch Distillery - 12.3 Miles

    Established in 1797, Glen Garioch, (pronounced ‘Geery’) is Scotland’s most Easterly distillery. It is situated in the historic Valley of the Garioch, traditionally the finest barley growing area in all of Scotland. Free car parking and a distillery gift shop.


  • Hazlehead Park - 8.4 Miles

    Situated on the outskirts of Aberdeen, the park has two golf courses, a pitch and putt, football fields, a large children’s play area, a maze and a petting zoo. It is also home to a number of sculptures by a range of artists.


  • Bistro Verde - 8.3 Miles

    A city centre restaurant specialising in using fresh Scottish seafood such as Halibut, langoustines, Lemon Sole, Wolf fish, Lobster and Crab. The recipes are as authentic as they are delicious, with an emphasis on simple preparation and cooking.


  • Union Square Shopping Centre - 8.5 Miles

    Aberdeen's newest shopping centre opened in 2009. It has two floors of shops and restaurants, including the House of Fraser department store and a 10-screen cinema. The centre encloses Aberdeen's bus station and train station, and has 1700 car parking spaces.

  • Bon Accord and St. Nicholas Shopping Centre - 8.1 Miles

    Located in the heart of Aberdeen City Centre, and have a wide variety of shops, food terrace and car parking. Open 9 am 6 days and 11 am Sunday.


  • Pitodrie Stadium - 8.7 Miles

    Has been the home of Aberdeen Football Club since 1903. Since then, it has been the location of a number of firsts in the field of stadium design, notably becoming one of the first all-seater stadia in the United Kingdom.

  • Trump International Golf Course - 12.9 Miles

    All 18 holes of this challenging links course thread their way engagingly through the dunes, rising to find views of the sea and coastline, before plunging into secluded valleys. Opened in the summer of 2012, the course is just 25 minutes’ drive from the hotel.

  • Aberdeen Snowsports Centre - 7.7 Miles

    Is hailed by the governing body, Snowsports Scotland, as one of best snow sports centres in the country. It offers skiing and tubing in the city centre all-year round on 2 dry ski slopes. The Centre also offers lessons and equipment maintenance.

Tourist Spot

  • Old Aberdeen Trail - 7.7 Miles

    Old Aberdeen is the hidden gem in the North East. Here, almost uniquely in Scotland, you can visit a medieval Cathedral, a late medieval bridge and a late 15th century college. This fascinating walk is less than 1.5 miles in length.

  • The Tolbooth - 8.7 Miles

    Was one of the most important buildings in Aberdeen. It was where tolls & customs were collected and where the burgh council held meetings. In 1616 the magistrates of Aberdeen commissioned the building of a prison within its walls, and for next 200 years it accommodated those awaiting punishment.

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