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Aberdeen, Scotland

Holiday houses, accommodation and what to see and do

Holiday rentals in Aberdeen

HomeAway

Homeaway offer over one hundred houses, apartments and other holiday and tourist accommodation in and around Aberdeen to rent, from three stars rating and above. Areas of the city covered include the city centre, Bankhead, Mannofield, Broomfield, Bucksburn near the airport, and many more.

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Hotellook.com

They offer hundreds of accommodation options in Aberdeen city centre, surrounds and suburbs. This includes hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfast, backpackers, apartments and vacation rentals. You can search by features like wifi, swimming pool and spa, or by facilities like laundry, gym or spa.

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Viator

Here you can choose from a big selection of activities in and around Aberdeen, including walking tours, self guided audio tours, trips to castles and Royal Deeside, and of course if you want to go father afield, whisky experience and distillery tours. Reserve now and pay later.

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National Trust for Scotland

The NTS has many places to visit around Aberdeen, including, castles, gardens, picnic places and nature reserves. Join online and enjoy them all.

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Best things to see and do in Aberdeen

Prosperous, unique, granite-built and full of interest, Aberdeen will surprise you

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Welcome to the Granite City - Scotland's third biggest city and the off-shore oil capital of Europe. The north-east of Scotland isn't the warmest place you will ever visit (to put it mildly) but wrap up well and you can enjoy the many attractions the city and surrounding area has to offer.

Drive your way around beautiful scenery

The north-east coast is a wild and rugged landscape, and the Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail is a wonderful way to explore it. VisitScotland's suggested four-day itinerary features plenty of attractions to stop off and visit as your car meanders its way along the 165 miles. Visit Cruden Bay, lighthouses, aquariums and nature reserves on your way.

Drink with Dracula

Slains Castle in Cruden Bay (which you will see if you decide to do the coastal trail) is said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Slains Castle Bar in Aberdeen is a Dracula-themed bar located in an old church in the city centre. You’ll get all your pub classics there, such as fish and chips and burgers with all the trimmings, but the bar also has an extensive vegetarian and vegan menu for the non-blood suckers (sorry!).

Visit the Scottish university of the year 2019

The University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495 by the bishop of Aberdeen, William Elphinstone. Many of its old academic buildings survive to this day, the ancient King’s College its centre. There are two self-guided tours around the university—one that explores its vibrant history and the other its natural history. As both will place you in prime student territory, there are plenty of cheap eating and drinking venues round about to take advantage of post tour.

Wander around an old fishing village

The north-east coast of Scotland has centuries-old fishing traditions—from the whaling of the Victorian times to the herring shoals, known locally as the silver darlings, that moved their way slowly down the whole of the east coast. Footdee, pronounced Fittie, is a former fishing village at the east end of the harbour built in the first half of the 19th century. You'll wander around cobbled streets, their sides clustered with charming cottages. And where better to eat fresh fish and seafood than an area so closely associated with it?

Visit an ancient holy site

St Machar's Cathedral is located in The Chanory, where a church has existed since 580AD. It became a cathedral in the 1130s. Rumour has it, William Wallace’s arm is buried in the cathedral wall. (The Scots warrior and patriot was hung, drawn and quartered by the English, parts of his body sent to all the major cities of Scotland as a warning to the Scots to behave themselves.) Drop in to see for yourself… A visit to the Bell Tower can also be made if you arrange this beforehand.

Walk over the oldest bridge in Scotland

Okay, so the title’s often contested but Brig o’ Balgownie can surely throw its hat in the ring. This medieval crossing dates back to the 13th century and was the main crossing over the River Don leading to the north from the city. The bridge there today is mostly the result of rebuilding work in the 17th century and it is a scheduled ancient monument situated a deep pool known as the Black Neuk.

Drop in on a castle

You’re spoilt for choice in Aberdeenshire. As an ancient and important city and region in the far north, Aberdonians built their fair share of castles and there are a staggering 263 of ‘em in the area. Craigevar Castle is said to be the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella castle, the reason why obvious when you drive up to it. The National Trust property contains an impressive collection of artefacts and art, and you can experience an authentic tour of the castle thanks to there being no artificial lighting once you leave the ground floor. The surrounding gardens are extensive and you can also explore the woodland trails. (Keep an eye out for the rare pine martens.) And, if you want to make your Aberdeenshire visit, truly special why not stay in one of the holiday cottages in the grounds?

See the Royal family’s Scottish home

Aberdeenshire is where Queen Victoria founded her family's Scottish retreat, and the place she escaped to after Prince Albert died. The grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and cafe at Balmoral are open to the public every day from the beginning of April until the start of August. It is recommended you allow an hour and a half for a visit. Nearby Braemar is also well worth popping in to see. If you’re there at the beginning of September, the Braemar Gathering is the most famous Highland Games in the world, and Prince Charles is always in attendance.

Go to the beach

Yes, we might have mentioned Aberdeen not being the warmest of places you’ll ever visit but in recent years, record temperatures in Scotland have given the city its fair share of sunny days. Aberdeen Beach and Queens Links received a Resort Seaside Award in 2013 and is only a short distance from the city centre. There’s a leisure centre, an ice area, cafes, restaurants, a funfair, cinema, retail park and more. On hot days, visitors and locals alike flock to the beach to take advantage of its easy accessibility.

Eat a buttery

Buttery or rowies are Aberdeen’s most famous baked product and a visit to the city isn’t complete until you have sampled one. They are like a savoury croissant and legend has it, they were produced for the fishermen to give them bread that wouldn’t go stale so quickly and that also had a high fat content to provide them with plenty of calories for all their hard slog hauling in fish. These days, butteries are taken so seriously there is even a World Buttery Championships at the North East of Scotland College. Herd’s Butchers in Aberdeen was a finalist in that competition so that’s where you should head for a delicious one!

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