See and Do in Aberdeen
Characterised by beautiful granite architecture, a rich maritime history and natural beauty, expats will have no shortage of things to see and do in Aberdeen. All too often overshadowed by Edinburgh in the sightseeing stakes, the tourist's loss is the expat's gain.
Aberdeen boasts fascinating museums, impressive castles and stately gardens, while national parks and beaches are never more than a short drive away.
The diverse selection of attractions means that expats of different stripes will find something to entertain them in and around Scotland’s third biggest city.
Attractions in Aberdeen
Aberdeen Maritime Museum
A popular tourist attraction, the Aberdeen Maritime Museum offers a modern and interactive way for visitors to explore Scotland’s nautical history. Expats can learn about the shipping, fishing and oil industries that have played a major role in the country’s development, and enjoy beautiful views of the harbour.
The royal holiday home Balmoral Castle has been in the British royal family since 1852 and was described by Queen Victoria as her paradise in the Highlands. The grounds are open to the public from April to July and visitors are free to explore its gardens, the Castle Ballroom and special exhibitions.
Cairngorms National Park
Extending over the Cairngorms Mountains, the national park is the largest in Britain and offers activities such as mountain biking, skiing, horse riding and white river rafting. It is also home to a quarter of the UK’s threatened wildlife, and expats will get a chance to see some of Scotland’s most iconic animals in their natural habitat.
Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail
The beaches around Aberdeen form part of the Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail. The route consists of 165 miles (265km) of pristine natural scenery, picturesque towns and various beaches, each one with its own atmosphere. Expats will be able to explore cliffside castles, spot local wildlife or sit back, feel the sand and enjoy watching the waves.
The Tolbooth Museum
A former 17th-century prison that’s supposedly one of the most haunted sites in Scotland, the Tolbooth Museum showcases the history of crime and punishment and is one of Aberdeen's oldest buildings. Expats will be able to experience the original atmosphere of this popular tourist attraction in its centuries-old cells and displays such as the old city guillotine.