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Specialty Museum
Situated on the historic Shiprow in the center of Aberdeen, Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of this maritime city and its rich histo
Tours from $5
Dunnottar Castle , Stonehaven
Perched atop steep cliffs that plunge 50 m (160 ft) down to the North Sea, Dunnottar Castle is what's left of the strategically located home
Tours from $19
Admire Europe's largest indoor garden collection at David Welch Winter Gardens. Visit the arid and tropical greenhouses to see flora and faun
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Duration: 9 hours
Combine the majestic heights of Royal Deeside with the epic cliff-top site of Dunnottar Castle. For almost 150 years, the British royal family have travelled to the River Dee for their holidays.With almost unlimited cash and resources, why do they always come here?We think there’s an easy answer.This area encapsulates everything everyone loves about Scotland. You find grand castles enclosed by pine forests. You look up at the highest plateau in Britain in the Cairngorms National Park. And there’s enough nearby distilleries to satisfy any royal event.So, who wouldn’t want to escape to the fresh air of this location?On this tour, we combine her Majesty’s favourite holiday spot with a trip to Dunnottar Castle, one of the most historically important and visually arresting sights in Scotland.Hop aboard this tour, see an epic castle, and discover whether you have the same taste as the royals.
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Footdee (Fittie) , Aberdeen
Explore this old fishing village, now a conservation area, and relish the tranquility its residents have enjoyed for centuries. As you stroll
Tours from $61
Specialty Museum
Tours from $11

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The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry. Though the area does not attract nearly as many tourists as other Scottish destinations, the city called the Flower of Scotland is no backwater. Also dubbed the Granite City, Aberdeen is characterized by its ornate architecture, green parks, lush gardens, and award-winning floral displays. Many visitors are surprised to find such a vibrant city so far north, with a distinctly cosmopolitan nature and a strong sense of community. The oil business has made Aberdeen one of the country’s most expensive cities. Though to tourists’ delight, most of its cultural attractions are free. Our United Kingdom trip planning tool allows you to schedule your trip to Aberdeen, learn about its attractions, and find out about where else to go during your holiday.

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Where to stay in Aberdeen

Aberdeen offers a wide range of accommodation options, including hotels, guesthouses, and bed and breakfasts. You'll be able to find something within your budget, whether you're looking for an inexpensive option or a luxurious five-star hotel. For the latter, you may have to stay just outside the city and have access to a car to easily be able to come and go. Nearby towns such as Stonehaven have popular tourist attractions and are an attractive alternative to staying directly in Aberdeen.
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