Seven Things To Do In Aberdeen, Scotland

Aberdeen is the third largest city in the country of Scotland. Known as the Granite City, everything from buildings to the cobblestone streets are made of the rock.  And it just so happens that it’s the perfect place for a quick weekend getaway.

We had such a nice time meandering about and found plenty to do to keep us busy the entire time we were there.  In fact, we could have used another day or two.

Below are some of my favorite highlights of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Old Aberdeen

Although much of Old Aberdeen area is utilized by the University of Aberdeen and King’s College, there is an abundance of things to do even for those who don’t attend the school.

Old Aberdeen Scotland 

It was fun just to walk around and see the tiny, narrow alleys and pathways leading to secret houses


and university libraries!

Old Aberdeen Scotland 

The old buildings and cobblestone streets are a fantastic way to catch a glimpse of the past

Old Aberdeen Scotland 

while being firmly rooted in the present.

The Cathedral Church of St. Machar

Cathedral Church of St. Machar Aberdeen Scotland

The property that The Cathedral Church of St. Machar  sits on has long been a site of worship, dating all the way back to 580 AD.  The building dates back to 1350 although it had been added to and was finally completed in 1530.

Cathedral Church of St. Machar Aberdeen Scotland

The ceiling is particularly interesting as it is boasts 48 heraldic shields representing kings throughout Europe, the Pope and other members of the of Scottish clergy as well as the King of Scots in the year 1520.

Cathedral Church of St. Machar Aberdeen Scotland

Cruikshank Botanic Garden

The Cruikshank Botanic Garden was founded in 1898 by Anne Cruikshank. Situated over 11 acres, the garden is a quiet place to explore over 2,500 plants.

Cruikshank Botanic Garden Aberdeen Scotland

Or even just to sit and be alone with your thoughts.

Cruikshank Botanic Garden Aberdeen Scotland

Cruikshank Botanic Garden Aberdeen Scotland

Cruikshank Botanic Garden Aberdeen Scotland

See that stripey building in the background?  That’s the University of Aberdeen Library.  I thought it was interesting to learn that the building is meant to look like what granite looks like under a microscope.

Cruikshank Botanic Garden Aberdeen Scotland

King’s College

King’s College was founded in 1495 and is a part of the University of Aberdeen, the third university that was established in Scotland.

 

King's College Aberdeen Scotland

The campus has beautiful grounds for lingering around especially when classes aren’t in session.  The changing colors of the Virginia Creeper growing on this building was a lovely visual reminder that autumn is not all that far off, now.

King's College Aberdeen Scotland

The oldest and most recognized building of the campus is the King’s College Chapel.  The Crown Tower is one of the most iconic sites of the university.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

The Aberdeen Maritime Museum highlights the city’s deep connection with the water.  Aberdeen harbor has been recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest business in Britain.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum Aberdeen Scotland

Aberdeen Maritime Museum Aberdeen Scotland

Aberdeen Maritime Museum Aberdeen Scotland

Aberdeen Maritime Museum Aberdeen Scotland

Aberdeen Maritime Museum Aberdeen Scotland

Aberdeen Maritime Museum Aberdeen Scotland

Aberdeen Science Center

Stratosphere Aberdeen Science Museum Aberdeen Scotland

To be honest, the Aberdeen Science Center will probably be more appealing to those with children, but I have to say that we were very impressed by this science center.

Stratosphere Aberdeen Science Museum Aberdeen Scotland

Although not very large in size it had items in it that we never saw in larger centers that we’ve visited in other cities.  I would highly recommend a visit if you have children.

Footdee Village

Footdee is a small fishing village that dates back to 1398.  It’s filled with charming old houses and buildings that make for a pretty walk.

Footdee Village Aberdeen Scotland

Footdee Village Aberdeen Scotland

Footdee Village Aberdeen Scotland

Footdee Village Aberdeen Scotland

Footdee Village Aberdeen Scotland

Footdee Village Aberdeen Scotland

Footdee Village Aberdeen Scotland

This little green shack was my favorite out of all the buildings.  Green is my favorite color so maybe that’s why.

Aberdeen Beach

Aberdeen Beach Aberdeen Scotland

I will admit that the beach is small and full of stones but it was still fun to walk to the shore and dip our feet into the bracing North Sea water.  Heavy emphasis on the word bracing.  Even in August.

Three Places To Eat In Aberdeen

There are plenty of places to eat (and drink!) in Aberdeen ranging from fast food to fine dining but these were my favorite.

The Cat In The Window – Cat Café

The Cat In The Window Cafe Aberdeen Scotland Cat Cafe

This was a lucky find on my part.  I was actually looking around to take photos when I stumbled upon The Cat In The Window Café.

The Cat In The Window Cafe Aberdeen Scotland Cat Cafe

The Cat In The Window Cafe Aberdeen Scotland Cat Cafe

We even made some new friends!

The Cat In The Window Cafe Aberdeen Scotland Cat Cafe

The Cat In The Window Cafe Aberdeen Scotland Cat Cafe

The Cat In The Window Cafe Aberdeen Scotland Cat Cafe

This guy was especially friendly because he loves scones and cream and we just happened to have both!  But unfortunately he’s lactose intolerant so we couldn’t share any with him. He did make a valiant effort to try and nick some cream by attempting to stick his paw into my hot chocolate.

The Cat In The Window Cafe Aberdeen Scotland Cat Cafe

The Cat In The Window Cafe Aberdeen Scotland Cat Cafe

I’m so glad we stopped in because the women who work there couldn’t be nicer and the cats couldn’t be more adorable.  It’s a fun and unique activity that combines two of my favorite things…cats and food!

Books and Beans

Books and Beans Aberdeen Scotland

Books and Beans is just the place for a quick morning coffee and breakfast.

Books and Beans Aberdeen Scotland

The sweet waffles served with bacon were particularly nice.

Books and Beans Aberdeen Scotland

There is also a second hand book shop on site, as well.  This place would be perfect on a cold, rainy day.

The Silver Darling

The Silver Darling Aberdeen Scotland

The seafood served at The Silver Darling is caught daily by local fisherman so it’s sometimes hard to know what will be available but the whatever they do have you can be assured that it will be fresh and delicious.  And for those who don’t eat seafood, they have plenty of other options, as well.

The Silver Darling Aberdeen Scotland

We started with some grilled oysters, from both Ireland and Scotland. I was surprised to find that I could actually tell the difference between the two.  As it turns out, I liked the oysters from Ireland better.

The Silver Darling Aberdeen Scotland

The Silver Darling Aberdeen Scotland

Both the monk cheek and pancetta linguine as well as the grilled fillet of cod were delicious.  There was also a cheeseburger involved but I didn’t get a picture of it.  I am told it was really nice, too.

Things to do in Aberdeen Scotland

Have you ever been to Aberdeen?  I would definitely recommend it.  We really enjoyed our visit. Overall, Scotland has really grabbed our hearts. I’d like to get back to see more of it.  Any recommendations?  Leave your suggestions in the comments area below.

Thanks for reading! Cheers!

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