The Top Attractions in Aberdeen

Aberdeen is one of the most interesting cities in Scotland to visit.  The city is an excellent example of some of Scotland’s rich and diverse culture and history.  Situated on the east coast of the country Aberdeen benefits from being a port city which offers spectacular scenery and windswept North Sea coast lines.

AberdeenAberdeen has a long history akin to the rest of Scotland, and many aspects of that history can be viewed in the city itself through Aberdeen’s architecture and museums.  Aberdeen grew substantially due to an oil boom in the 1970’s.  There was an influx of people to the area which helped make the location a major destination.  This is great for tourists as there are lots of hotels, restaurants and attractions in the area.

Here’s a look at some of the top attractions in the city.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Being very much a coastal city, Aberdeen has a strong relationship with the sea.  This has shaped how the city has developed and grown over the years.  Aberdeen Maritime Museum charts this progress and development over time in an interesting and thought provoking way.

Aberdeen’s ship building history as well as the north sea oil industry is covered comprehensively.  It’s the only place in the UK where you can see an exhibition about North Sea oil exploration.  It’s also a great place to go to get a spectacular view over the harbour.

Aberdeen Harbour

Aberdeen Harbour has been around since medieval times and is still very much a working port. It’s a great place to see working oil industry supply ships as they go about their every day activities.  You can also take trips around the harbour by boat which gives you a running commentary of the notable sites.

You’ll see ships coming and going from all around the world and might even spot a cruise ship docked in the port if you happen to be there at the right time.  The harbour has a sense of history but also the buzz of being used every day commercially.

Provost Skene’s House

Aberdeen has changed a lot over the years and this is exhibited very well at Provost Skene’s House.  The museum traces how Aberdeen has changed over the last few centuries.  It shows how styles, lifestyles, architecture and technology have changed in Aberdeen over the years.  It’s interesting to see how these changes have shaped people’s lives.

Balmedie Beach

This pretty beach can be found in the village of Balmedie in the northern part of Aberdeen.  The beach is backed by extensive sand dunes that you can walk on.  It’s a very refreshing place to go for a long walk with the wind clearing away the cobwebs.  On a sunny day the brightness is particularly memorable and a great break from the bustling city.

Marischal College

Easily the most spectacular building in Aberdeen, this is the second largest granite building in the world.  You don’t need to be a fan of architecture to wonder at the spectacle of this building.  The building that you see today was built between 1895 and 1906.  It’s owned by the University of Aberdeen and parts are leased by Aberdeen City Council.

Aberdeen has so much to see and a lot of history, it can keep you entertained for many visits.  It’s always a good idea to plan your days in advance and book your activities, especially in peak seasons so you aren’t disappointed.

The author, Patrick Martin writes for Interglobal, a provider of expat health insurance.

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