Aberdeen is an enchanting Scottish port city that is filled with gothic castles, granite architecture, upscale restaurants, museums, parks, beaches, and much more! It is also popular for its incredible night life (have you ever gone to a Dracula-themed bar that is housed in a former gothic church?). Plus, the historic county of Aberdeenshire is just a short 30-min (approximate) drive away, where you can discover whiskey distilleries, golf courses, old towns, ski lodges, festivals, and even more parks and castles!
A great time to visit Aberdeen is during the summer (July through September), when the weather is the warmest. Temperatures tend to be cold, snowy and/or rainy for the rest of the year.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Aberdeen, Scotland. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Aberdeen, Scotland. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Aberdeen, Scotland:
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Aberdeen, along with a brief description:
Aberdeen is filled to the brim with interesting museums! If you’re looking to expand your perspective of history and culture, then you’ll be in just the place. Aberdeen’s most popular museum is the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, where you can learn about the North Sea fishing, oil and gas industry. Another popular one is the Tolbooth Museum, which is a former jailhouse that now showcases exhibits related to law and order. There’s also the Aberdeen Art Gallery (showcasing neoclassical Victorian art) and the Gordon Highlanders Museum (featuring history exhibits on the army regiment).
♦ Parks and Gardens
When spending time in Aberdeen, you will never fall short of beautiful parks and gardens. If you love to spend time outdoors, you will love visiting these wonderful attractions. Duthie Park is one of the most highly-rated parks in Aberdeen. Situated off the River Dee, you will discover a large collection of gardens and a pond where you can rent paddle boats and kayaks. Hazlehead Park is another popular site, especially for families, as it features a large zoo with many exotic animals. Johnston Gardens is also an appealing park, as it features a number of relaxing trails with streams and ponds. Some other noteworthy stops include the Cruickshank Botanic Garden, Union Terrace Gardens, Westburn Park, and Victoria Park. The choice is yours!
As mentioned above, the historic county of Aberdeenshire is just a short 30-minute drive from Aberdeen. If you want to discover charming fairytale-like castles, this is the place to go, as it features over 250 of them! There is a “Castle Trail” you can follow to see some of the best, ranging from ruins to estates). If you’re interested in breweries, there are at least 8 whiskey distilleries you can tour and partake in tastings. There is also a 165-mile coastal trail that features breathtaking cliffs, caves, beaches, wildlife and more, located on the northeast coast of Scotland.
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