- Sightseeing - Sightseeing in Aberdeen
Union Street and Marischal Street
The original administrative and commercial centre of Aberdeen, Castlegate
has also been a large open market-place, documented in literature
for the first time in 1661. Today Castlegate is occupied by restaurants,
bars, printmakers and other shops.
was founded in 1495 by Bishop William Elphinstone. Scotland's third
university and first Medical University, the college is famous for
its Chapel (c. 1500) with pre-Reformation carved woodwork.
Tel: +44 01224 272 137
The building that houses the Art Gallery was built in 1884 in
a neoclassical design by A. Marshall MacKenzie. The gallery holds
one of the most important art collections in Great Britain, including
works by Raeburn, Hogarth, Ramsay, and Reynolds and Francis Bacon.
Tel: +44 01224 523 700
The Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of the cities relationship
with the sea through a collection of ship models, artifacts and
Tel: +44 01224 337 700
Provost Skene House
Aberdeen AB10 1AS
Tel: +44 01224 641 086
Museum with period rooms and artifacts of domestic life in a medieval
townhouse that was once the home of Sir George Skene, Lord Povost
(mayor) of Aberdeen. The kitchen has been converted into a cafe.
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00am-5:00pm, Sat 10:00am-4:00pm, Sun 1:00-3:00pm
is renowned for its beautiful floral displays and is multiple winner
of the 'City in Bloom' prize.
Alpines, shrubs, and many herbaceous plants, along with rock
and water gardens.
St. Machar Drive
Tel: +44 01224 272 704
Hours: Summer Mon - Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm; Sat - Sun 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Garden of Pitmedden
Tel: +44 01651 842 352
Hours: May to Sept: Mon - Sun 10:00am - 4:00pm
is known as the land of Castles and has many fine examples of Scottish
fortress-like castle set in 25 acres of parkland. Built between
1575 and 1636 the grounds include an 18th-century walled garden.
Tel: +44 01330 833 463
castle is most famous as the setting of Zeffirelli's film, Hamlet.
The castle stands on a rocky cliff above the sea and the best way
to the castle is a cliff side walk from Stonehaven.
Tel: +44 01569 762 173
castle consists of five towers, each named after the families who
inhabited the castle over five centuries. The oldest part dates
from the 13th century and is claimed by some to be the best existing
example of Scottish baronial architecture.
+44 01651 891 266
is the best preserved 13th-century castle in Scotland and the four
round towers, the hall, and the chapel date from the original structure.
The gatehouse and other parts were built later in the 16th century.
Tel: +44 019755 71331
a little chill for most of the year, on a fine day the long white
sands of the Aberdeen Beach are perfect for sunning yourself.
the seals basking and swimming in the estuary or visit the bird
sanctuary. Nearby Forvie is the largest sand dune system in Britain
and is internationally renowned for its wildlife.
the River Spey is the greatest concentration of single malt distilleries
in Scotland. For those interested in the Scottish "Water of
Life" there is a 70 mile ( 112km) Whisky Trail that goes to
some of the finest distilleries. Many of the distilleries have a
Visitor's Centre and well organised guided tours.
has many sites designated as conservation areas for many types of
wildlife, from sea birds and animals to ancient forests.
53 hectare reserve lies 2 miles south of Peterhead, off the A975
road. These spectacular granite cliffs have breeding seabird colonies
of international importance. The narrow zone along the cliff top
retains semi-natural plant communities such as maritime heath, acid
peatland and brackish flushes. All of these are now rare in north-east
Gight Wood reserve is located 1km from South of Cottown, off the
Methlick road. It is 34 hectares in size and is some of the largest
and least disturbed native woodland in the area. The woods have
a mixed deciduous canopy with ash, oak, birch and birdcherry. Lower
down in the canopy, hazel, sloe and willow can be found.