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Things to do in Aberdeenshire

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Centre
“Lots of choice for places to eat from pizza and burger to Sushi 5 mins from flat”
  • 49 locals recommend
Castle
“An amazing and spectacular ruined castle standing on the edge of the cliffs. Walk 4kms up from Stonehaven or park a short walk from the ruins themselves.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Museum
“If you are interesting in learning about Aberdeen's maritime industry past and present then this is the place for you. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
National Park
“There are hundreds of attractions across the park. Depending on the time of year you choose to visit there is always something happening. Anything from the Husky rally to the Harley Davidson bike Rally or the highlands games ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Nature
“Nice park with a winter garden showing an impressive variety of plant of various climate: tropical house, arid house, temperate house... Very convenient to have a walk with the kids if you are not feeling that the weather will hold. Usually closes at 5pm.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Outdoor Supply Store
“You get a cracking view all the way out to Skye (on a clear day) from the car park. With a cafe, walks and views, well worth a trip. For the more adventurous, take the 1 hour walk up the mountain to Cairngorm Summit. As a qualfied mountain guide, Heather advises that you have the appropriate footwear, clothing, map, compass and health and experience to undertake this trip. Watch the weather and look at the Mountain Weather Information Service. it is 1300 metres afterall and like the Artic!”
  • 46 locals recommend
Theatre
“Located near Union Terrace Gardens and the Art Gallery this fabulous theatre has always something that is worth seeing be sure to do some research and book tickets in advance if there is something you fancy seeing. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Shopping - Ladies, Gents, delicatessen & cafe. 15 minute drive from St Trinneans. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Beach
“**Local Parkrun here Less than 1km from the flat. Head up to Footdee and run the whole 3km along the promenade. Run back to add some distance or take a detour round Seaton Park and Aberdeen University.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Just a really good cafe with a varied list of healthy food options, mainly vegetarian and vegan. Whilst you are there head upstairs and checkout their whole foods store. There is also a Foodstory Zero cafe located in Old Aberdeen, be sure to bring your own reusable cups and containers... this is a zero waste cafe! Forward thinking :D ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Castle
“My favourite Castle to visit. Short and longer walks available with an adventure play area for the kids. A little souvenir shop along with the essential cafe for a much deserved treat.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Castle
“Scottish Home to the Royal Family. Admission charges include parking, selected areas of the grounds, exhibitions in the Stable Area and a tour of The Ballroom. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Church
“The Cathedral and indeed Elgin, was once known as ‘the lantern o’ the north’ ... at least until the Wolf of Badenoch burned it down in 1390. What remains is an extremely well preserved beauty in traditional stone masonry. Do visit. It is gorgeous, interesting and the tour guides are very well informed. It is part of Historic Scotland with paid entry .. well worth the money but you can enjoy it from outside the railings. The Cooper park, the Biblical gardens, Johnston’s Woollen Mill and the Cathedral are all within a few minutes walk. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Café
“Chic bistro offering stylish modern cuisine. Please be warned although the food here is delicious the portion sizes are small”
  • 8 locals recommend
Lodging
“The scottish residence for the Queen. A must visit for a chance to see Royalty.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“Johnstons is a great place to visit. Take a free tour of the factory to see how the methods, machinery and craftsmanship of many years past are still used today to create the wonderful Johnstons products, as well as for Burberry, Hermes and other iconic brands. Relax and enjoy coffee, cake or lunch in the fabulous restaurant before some well earned retail therapy in the Mill Shop. Fabulous interiors, clothing, gifts and accessories and local produce. ”
  • 20 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Shopping - Ladies, Gents, delicatessen & cafe. 15 minute drive from St Trinneans. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Just a really good cafe with a varied list of healthy food options, mainly vegetarian and vegan. Whilst you are there head upstairs and checkout their whole foods store. There is also a Foodstory Zero cafe located in Old Aberdeen, be sure to bring your own reusable cups and containers... this is a zero waste cafe! Forward thinking :D ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Cycle or walk the Speyside Way to Andersons or jump in the car. Worth a visit, catering for GF, DF, Vegan...…...try their fondue nights or pie night.....Booking essential”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
“Great place for the start of a nightout. Great cocktails and masterclasses on request.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Traditional and plentiful Italian dishes. It is quite small and often busy with locals. Opens for Lunch and Dinner. Excellent service and delicious food.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
“On the banks of the Spey, with a fine selection of whiskies, a good menu, lunch and dinner available.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Café
“Gordon Castle is a classy affair. Their cafe, set beside their huge and beautifully planted walled garden is a lovely place to come for lunch. The menu is derived from the goods grown in the garden where possible. Beautiful surroundings with a children’s play area and gift shop too (see Gordon Castle natural play area link also in this guide).”
  • 13 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Best Fish & Chips you can find. Right next to Aunty Betty’s so you can have your main and your desert ”
  • 10 locals recommend

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