Sparkling under endless summer days and shimmering beneath the Northern Lights in winter...
... Aberdeen’s silvery granite heart merges centuries of history and a modern vibe. The oil capital of the UK, its rocking city nightlife is just a stone’s throw from bottlenose dolphins in the harbour. As the locals say, it’s braw.
Arriving at Aberdeen Airport
Step off your flight, collect your bags and you could be strolling down Union Street and chatting with the locals in Doric faster than you can say ‘fit like’.
The best way to reach the town is by bus. Services are regular, cheap and you’ll be in town in around 30 minutes.
Stagecoach Bluebird’s Jet Service 727 stops outside the terminal building, bound for Aberdeen Union Square bus station. There’s one every 10 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes at weekends. Buy a single ticket on board, or a dayrider ticket for unlimited all-day travel.
First Bus runs a regular service to central Aberdeen and accepts contactless payment.
Taxis are a good option if you’re in a hurry. They’re right outside the front of the terminal and can get you to town in around 25 minutes. Expect to pay around £15 for your trip – all depends on the traffic, of course.
Want to let the train take the strain? The closest railway station is at Dyce, around two miles (3km) from the terminal. Aberdeen's main station is a 10-minute journey, while Inverness is two hours away. Beware, there can be a gap between services and they’re even less frequent at weekends.
If you’re planning to get behind the wheel, book your car hire in advance.
Aberdeen might be remote by London standards, but it's party central. Thanks to the city's mix of cash-strapped students and well-heeled oil industry executives, you can party on a budget one night and push the boat out the next.
Head for the Gallowgate, where you’ll find one of the UK’s best jazz venues, the Blue Lamp. Sometimes you’ll find a stand-up comedian giving their all too.
While you’re there, drop by BrewDog Aberdeen (also Gallowgate), flagship bar to the local punk upstarts who kicked off the craft beer revolution.
The Merchant Quarter around Guild Street has evolved into a cosmopolitan mix of bistros and bars, boutique hotels and live music. Get into the mood there, then head to Union Street and dance the night into the ground at Espionage, with its three floors, two dancefloors and four bars. Just around the corner is Babylon (Alford Place), located in a former monastery with a lavish interior and shots aplenty.
Aberdeen is also home to the acclaimed Lemon Tree (West North Street) for gigs, theatre, dance and comedy. For an even bigger night out, the simply splendid His Majesty’s Theatre (Rosemount Viaduct) often plays host to big name UK and international performers.