24 hours in Aberdeen

iStock_aberdeen.JPGAberdeen isn’t necessarily the first Scottish destination on your mind when deciding to visit the north of this little island, but anyone who’s been will tell you that it’s a melting pot of everything that makes Scotland unforgettable.

From the untouched countryside to the breathtaking coastline, the crumbling castles to the cosmopolitan city centre, Aberdeen really does have a little bit of something for everyone.

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway this Spring, why not have a look at our hotels in Aberdeen and start planning your next trip with the help of this handy guide to the perfect 24 hours in this wonderful city.

1. Start the day with a touch of culture at Aberdeen Art Gallery

Nestled in the heart of the city, this 19th century building is home to one of the finest art collections in Britain, boasting sculptures, paintings and graphics from as far back as the 15th century right up to the present day.

Opened in 1885, the Aberdeen Art Gallery is one destination you can’t miss on your next trip and there’s always the on-site cafĂ© and shop to keep you busy all morning.

Port with ships and the city of Aberdeen in the background

2. Enjoy some retail therapy to work up an appetite

Aberdeen has a bustling retail sector offering all the high street names you expect from a renowned city, while independent retailers thrive too.

Head to Union Square to explore Aberdeen’s largest and indeed newest shopping centre featuring well over 60 shops, restaurants galore and a mammoth 10-screen cinema.

If you’re looking for something different, try the West End of the city and in particular, Merchant Quarter, where there are plenty of restaurants, bars and independent boutiques to keep the most fervent of shoppers busy.

3. Refuel at one of Aberdeen’s mouthwatering restaurants

Aberdeen really is a foodie heaven and after a day exploring the city you’ll be glad of the chance to sit back and enjoy all the culinary delights it has to offer.

Waterfront restaurants offer a romantic setting for any meal and there is a fantastic range of country house establishments, international cuisines and local eateries.

The area is famous for Aberdeen Angus beef, but we recommend a short trip to the Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant in Stonehaven for the freshest fish in Scotland!

ruins of a castle near Aberdeen in the Scottish highlands

4. Dance, laugh or cry the night away at one of Aberdeen’s night time haunts

Aberdeen is a real hub of music, dance and theatre, and it’s the perfect way to end your 24 hours in this unforgettable city.

The Lemon Tree is one of Scotland’s best independent music venues and a great place to discover new bands, while the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre mean there’s something for all musical tastes.