You’re a contractor that’s secured a job working in the North Sea Oil & Gas industry and you’re working hard. But what is there to do in the great city of Aberdeen when you’ve got some time to spare? We asked the team in our Aberdeen office
to list their ‘Top 5 things to do’ which stretches from sports to history, and from pub lunches to brisk walks. Read on to get the inside scoop on the best that Aberdeen has to offer…
Nestled on Little Belmont Street sits Ma Cameron’s- the oldest pub in Aberdeen! At 300 years old the pub is home to the nooks and crannies one would expect from such an old establishment, not forgetting the selection of real ales and classic pub food to compliment the rustic layout. However, with a rooftop beer garden and large screens to watch the important matches on, Ma Cameron’s also offers something for customers who are looking for a more modern vibe.
Aberdeenshire Castle Trail
Scotland is well known for its abundance of castles and this trail takes you to 19 of Aberdeenshire’s best offerings. Should you wish to cover the trail in one stretch it would take you 6 days where you’d cover 311 miles by car. However, there is nothing stopping you breaking up the trail into separate weekends.
Find out more, including a trail map, here: https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/attractions/castles/scotland-castle-trail/
There have been a fair few names to have come out of Scottish golfing, and with around 50 courses in Aberdeenshire alone it would be rude not to have a game or two to celebrate the achievements of your fellow Scotsmen.
Hazelhead Golf Course welcomes amateurs and beginners on their 9 hole pitch and putt, which has wide fairways and a marked absence of rough, making it the perfect starting point for the enthusiastic beginner. Or if you are a seasoned golfer with a handicap of 24 or below (with a handicap certificate to prove it) then The Royal Aberdeen Golf Club will give you a warm welcome.
Aberdeen has a rich maritime history from shipbuilding to fishing and also played a significant part in the UK’s trading history. Perhaps most notably the fastest sailing ship ever built, the Thermopylae, was built in Aberdeen in 1868.
Aberdeen’s Maritime Museum is an attraction for both adults and children, and with no entry fee it’s the perfect stop for a rainy day. The museum is the only place in the UK to exhibit displays on the history of North Sea oil and gas, which nicely compliments the displays on world trade. And if those weren’t enough to draw you in then the on-site café is said to be a pleasant stop-off to break up the walk round.
Balmedie beach is no more than a half an hour drive north of Aberdeen’s centre and has a reputation for being one of the hidden treasures of the British Isles. Walk directly across the sand or use the 1700 meters of board walk (great for prams and wheelchairs!) and explore the expanse of beach and dunes. The local amenities mean that you will never be short of ice cream and sandwiches on your day out to Balmedie Beach, and there is even a car park big enough to diminish any ‘space hunting’ nightmares. If you have a dog then they are more than welcome to accompany you on your visit, and as with most UK coastal visits, winds can bring a chill so layer up accordingly.