Aberdeen is a lovely city - its parks, rivers, architecture and the seaside. You never know what amazing thing you will discover next!Carolina Quintanilla, Spain
Aberdeen, also known as the Granite City for its granite public buildings, is a beautiful and historical, yet vibrant and cosmopolitan city.
You can walk through majestic streets and buy the latest designer clothes and authentic Scottish crafts, eat good food, and enjoy great entertainment. There a cool bar and club scene, and festivals of every kind.
For instance, you might like to try dancing in a traditional ceilidh (pronounced ‘kei-lee’) or visit the local Highland Games. Or drop in to the Lemon Tree – a trendy café-bar, theatre, comedy club and live music venue all in one. Aberdeen’s theatres attract international pop and rock stars, as well as stars of ballet, opera, TV and the West End. Aberdeen Art Gallery contains an extensive collection, including works by many impressionists – including Renoir, Pissarro and Monet - and there are several visiting exhibitions during the year.
Meanwhile, you are surrounded by the magnificent countryside enjoyed by the Queen and her family every summer at nearby Balmoral Castle. You can follow Scotland’s famous Castle Trail and the world’s only Malt Whisky Trail. The Grampians offer some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland, with mountains, lochs (lakes) and glens (valleys). If you prefer beaches, Aberdeenshire has miles of dramatic coastline, perfect for wind and kite surfing, along with many nature reserves.
There is so much to see and do in Aberdeen and the surrounding region. Check out Visit Aberdeen, for ideas on all the local sights and events and for advice on exploring this beautiful corner of Scotland.
For students preparing for entry to university, see pre-university.
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Aberdeen is much easier to get to than you think!
Aberdeen International Airport is very well served by domestic and international flights and well connected to all major European hubs
London is little more than 1 hour away by plane, with many flights a day to Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton on British Airways, Virgin and Easyjet. There are also daily connections to Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and many other major UK cities.
There are many other international flight options:
|Airport||Airline||How many times a day?||Flight time|
|Amsterdam||KLM||4||1 hr 30 mins|
|Paris||Air France||3||2 hrs|
|Copenhagen||SAS||2||1 hr 30 mins|
|Dublin||Aer Lingus||1||1 hr|
|Gran Canaria||TUI/First Choice||1||3 hrs 30 mins|
By train & bus
By Train, Aberdeen is just 2 hours from Edinburgh by train and about 2 hrs 30 mins from Glasgow.
To find out about train timetables and to book a ticket, please visit National Rail.
By Bus, there are many intercity busses every day to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Inverness and beyond.
Great value bus fares can be found on www.megabus.co.uk