What to See and Do in Aberdeen, Scottland
Taking a tour or a visit to the British Isles and Ireland
and Scottland, you should not leave off Aberdeen, Scotland.
Aberdeen City is such a fun place to play tourist. Aberdeen
is the third largest city in Scotland and is located on
the North East corner right on the coast. It is said that
it is either raining or snowing in this coastal town, but
that is just not true. There are plenty of sunny days,
spring days and days that feel like a chilly autumn somewhere
else. But being on the coast is an added benefit for those
vacationing here because it opens up all the water fun
and enjoying the coastline. The water is always very cold
though because Scotland is so far north. At the right times
of the year it is not unusual to see dolphins and/or whales
going by out in the ocean.
To understand the town a little, the word ‘Aber’ (in
the beginning of Aberdeen) means ‘mouth of a river’ and
there is a beautiful ‘River Dee’ which runs
through the city; this is reason enough to come to Aberdeen
on holiday. Aberdeen City is a very traditional Scottish
town and has quite a bit of history behind it. The citizens
of Aberdeen have preserved the castles and the traditions
for food so that a tourist can have fun just getting lost
in what Scotland is all about.
Many locations in Aberdeen hold musicals and concerts.
Music has long been in their heritage. If you have children
there is an interactive Children’s Museum called
The Satrosphere is the place to spend an afternoon. They
can touch and hold everything and they can really have
some fun learning. There are also lots of parks complete
with stone pathways that you can let your kids let out
energy on. And you and your spouse can always take a long
evening walking in the brisk evenings.
Before we go any further on our tour of Aberdeen City,
you will notice that they have their own language – no
matter where you are coming from. It takes getting used
to but if you look online under ‘Doric words’ you
can learn a word or two before you land on Scottish soil.
Everyone has heard their ‘language’ and it
sounds fairly easy. But try to speak a few sentences – it’s
not as easy as it looks, but it sure is fun!
About 15 miles from the city are the Castles. Old. (circa
1300) castles and the best way to view all of them is on
a hot air balloon tour. Old Aberdeen is where you can ‘step
back in time.’ The old architecture is preserved
here, the streets and it feels like you’re walking
in the 1400’s. Aberdeen’s culture is really
seen in their foods. Very different foods unless you live
in these British Isles, then you might be familiar. Does
mealie puddings, haggis, Lorne square sausages or meat
called skirlie sound familiar? It will not be your hamburger
and French fries fast foods, so enjoy the change and look
for Scottish recipes that you can take home and impress
your friends with. Come and enjoy the culture of Scottland
in Aberdeen City.