The Aberdeen Guide

Aberdeen Beach

Aberdeen Beach is a hub activity set in unique mountainous surrounding – Only a short distance from the city centre, the award winning beach is visited by holiday makers and city residents all year round. The area is well provided with sporting and recreational facilities, including the Beach Leisure Centre and the Linx Ice Arena, cafes, restaurants and Cordonas Fun Fair and Amusement Park.

Shiprow Village

Transition Extreme

For those who are feeling adventurous, Transition Extreme offers a multitude of fun, adrenaline-filled activities including Climbing Walls, Skateboarding, obstacle courses, zip wires and much much more. Located at Aberdeen Beach it is only a few minutes drive from the hotel. His Majesty’s Theatre His Majesty’s Theatre offers a magical experience to all who attend and a visit will guarantee you leave with more than you expected. Enjoy the pre-show buzz of anticipation in the foyer, take in the awe-inspiring beauty of the auditorium.

Music Hall

Located in the heart of the city centre, the Music Hall hosts a wide variety of concerts, performances, shows and events.  From classical concerts to contemporary comedy, the biggest band to fantastic folk, the venue has something for everyone.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Aberdeen Art Gallery is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. A particularly attractive example of late 19th century architecture, it houses one of the finest art collections in Britain with paintings, sculpture and graphics from the 15th century to the present day

Marischal College

The monumental building is the largest granite structure in the entire Northern Hemisphere and is well worth a look around. It is home to the cities council offices and many Aberdonians consider it to be an icon of the “Granite City” and to symbolise the zenith of Aberdeen’s granite-working industry. It was finished in the early 1900’s by the University of Aberdeen who still uses part of the building to house a museum and for ceremonial events.

Maritime Museum

A neighbour of the hotel and delves into Aberdeen’s historic transformation from a fishing port to becoming the Oil and Gas capital of Europe.

Provost Skene's House Museum

The Lemon Tree

The Lemon Tree is a vibrant, buzzing venue providing Aberdeen with an excellent alternative entertainment scene. The Lounge offers customers the chance to rock along to their favourite bands or laugh with the funniest comedians while enjoying a drink from the wide range of beverages at the bar   For more about things to do in The Granite City – check out:


With over 70 golf courses in and around Aberdeen, golfers are spoilt for choice.
Aberdeen can now boast ‘The Best Golf Course in the World’ with the opening of Trump International Golf Links on the famous sand dunes of the Menie Estate. The course is just 25 minutes drive from Aberdeen Airport. For links enthusiasts there are also 25 courses along a stunning coastline, some of the more renowned of these being Cruden Bay, Murcar  and Royal Aberdeen. Royal Aberdeen was founded in 1780, the 6th oldest in the world, and has hosted the 2014 Scottish Open – with many of the world’s big players making the trip to the city. Click here to view The Official Guide to Golf in Aberdeen and Grampian Highlands or please email us if you are organising a golf vacation and we can offer assistance.


The Grampian region of Scotland is home to more working distilleries than the rest of Scotland’s put together. Aberdeen, Grampian’s capital city is the best place to begin your Scottish whisky experience. There is a long tradition of Scottish Whisky making in the Grampian Highlands where you will find a fabulous Malt Whisky Trail which includes eight different distilleries each with their own special features.

Here is a selection of distilleries in Aberdeen and Grampian:

Ardmore: You may not have heard of Ardmore but you will probably have tasted it because it is a common ingredient in many top-selling whiskies. More Information >

Glenfiddich: Based in Dufftown more than an hours drive through some of Aberdeenshire most scenic villages, is the world’s largest-selling, and most-awarded, malt and the big sister to Balvenie Whisky. More Information >

Glengarioch : One of Scotland’s oldest distilleries.  More Information >

Royal Lochnagar : Royal Lochnagar is the only whisky with Royal connections located in Crathie. More Information >

Also if you would prefer to stay close to home – check out the Merchant Quarter Whisky Walk Starting just a minutes walk from the hotel – guests can enjoy a tour of 12 whisky bars all within two minutes walk of each other. All drams can be enjoyed in the comfort of a traditional bar in this historic, independent area of the city.


Crathes Castle – a fairytale castle, dating back to 1533, with absolutely stunning gardens and an excellent tearoom.

Fyvie Castle – one of the North East’s most stunning castles, with a history going back to 1211, and famous for being haunted by the Green Ladye.

Drum Castle – This is a very special castle because it combines a medieval keep, a Jacobean mansion house and a later Victorian extension. The keep is one of the three oldest tower houses in Scotland, probably dating from 1290.

Craigievar Castle – Craigievar, completed in 1626, is an iconic seven-storey tower house in the Baronial style, amongst the best preserved and the most loved in Scotland.

Dunnottar Castle ruins – An imposing cliff-top ruin that has an incredible history: there is evidence of inhabitation on the site going back to Pictish times, as early as 700AD. The ruins are located in the idyllic seaside town of Stonehaven.

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