Enjoy a winter trip to Aberdeen
The Silver City with the Golden Sands – better known as Aberdeen – is particularly beautiful in winter. With a wealth of activities to enjoy and things to see, travel north with Caledonian Sleeper to discover more about Scotland’s third biggest city.
Get in the festive spirit at Aberdeen Christmas Village, where you can make a start on the Christmas shopping at local craft stalls in the Christmas in the Quad market, enjoy fairground rides, and visit Aberdeen’s outdoor ice skating rink below Marischal College. Warm up with a mulled wine or hot chocolate in the cosy huts and take your pick from the festive food on offer including bratwurst, waffles and crêpes.
Visit one of Europe’s largest indoor gardens at The David Welch Winter Gardens at Duthie Park.
Stroll around and see the array of plants in the collection including rare tropical and exotic plants from around the world. Warm up in the Temperate House, enjoy the Corridor of Perfumes, and visit the Arid House which has one of the largest collections of Cacti and Succulents in Britain – and the world’s only talking cactus.
Not far from Aberdeen is Stonehaven, where you can find Dunottar Castle, a historic ruin on a cliff at the edge of the North Sea.
The castle was once home to the Earls Marischal, one of the most powerful families in the land. It is thought that William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, the Marquis of Montrose and the future King Charles II have visited the castle.
Once you’ve visited the castle, warm up with a trip to nearby Stonehaven for some fish and chips at award-winning The Bay.
Enjoy the crisp winter weather of the North East with a trip to Aberdeen Beach. A short distance from Aberdeen city centre, the sandy beach is great for a long walk along to Footdee, and when you return you can warm up with a hot chocolate at the sanddollar café.