Affectionately known as the ‘Granite City’, Aberdeen holds an enviable position in Scotland, located as it is between rolling hillside and the sea.
The city itself has a population of around two million, making it the third most populated city in Scotland, but despite the numbers and the relatively small size of the place, it’s possible to enjoy spacious green areas as well as a thriving urban metropolis. And of course, there’s always the beach to escape to.
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As might be guessed, granite was Aberdeen’s main income from the 18th to the 20th century, and many of the buildings incorporate this versatile building material into their construction – the silvery glint to the granite gives everything a sparkle when the sun hits it.
Being a large city, there is plenty to do here for every age. Activities include The Gordon Highlanders Museum (a museum committed to preserving and sharing the details and history of the Gordon Highlanders regiment), Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Duthrie Park Winter Gardens (here you can go for a wander through the beautiful park and gardens, and the little ones can let off some steam in the excellent adventure playground), and the iconic Craigievar Castle.
Ferries from Aberdeen
|Aberdeen Lerwick||7 weekly||12 hours||See prices °|
|Aberdeen Kirkwall||3 weekly||6 hours||See prices °|
This information is for reference purposes only. Journey times are approximate. Frequency is based on typical schedules. Schedules are subject to availability and weather conditions. Information correct at the time of writing.
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Regent Road, Aberdeen AB11 5NS, United Kingdom
Aberdeen Harbour is nestled right in the heart of Aberdeen making it very accessible. Access is available just off the A956 opposite the Union Square Shopping Centre. The road links up to the A90 south of the city which is arterial coastal road that links Dundee and Perth, a short hop from Edinburgh.
To the north the A90 runs up through Peterhead to Fraserburgh. The A96 branches off just to the north west just outside Aberdeen and this loops over to Elgin and Inverness.
No car parking is available at the port but there is parking nearby at the Commercial Quay car park, Union Square car park, and NCP Ship Row.
At the time of writing in May 2016 the charge for parking at Union Square car park was £16.00 per 24 hours.
Getting there by coach
As you would expect from a city with great transport links, National Express has services that stop at Guild Street bus station, next to the train station and a short walk to the ferry terminal.
Service 538 runs from Inverness to Birmingham via Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Carlisle, Manchester, Liverpool and Stock-on-Trent.
Service 590 connects Aberdeen to London via Dundee, Perth, Stirling, Glasgow, Carlisle, and Milton Keynes.
Getting there by train
Thanks to its enviable location in the city Aberdeen train station is just a short walk from the ferry terminal.
Services running through Aberdeen typically head towards Glasgow Central, Inverurie, Edinburgh, and Inverness.
Edinburgh is around 2½ hours away with direct services to Aberdeen available. Occasional direct services are offered to Leeds, with a journey time of 6½ hours from West Yorkshire.
Journeys from Birmingham can take between seven hours and an eye-watering 14 hours, with one to three train changes required. Journey times from Cardiff average between 10 and 15½ hours with between one and three train changes required.
Those travelling from London face a similarly arduous journey of between 7½ and 13½ hours, with up to two changes if you are not fortunate enough to catch a direct service. Plan your journey here.