Bon Accord to Aberdeen, the spectacular city between the Don and the Dee. The local motto means ‘happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again’, and we think it brilliantly sums up the friendly failte you’ll get from Scotland’s 3rd largest city.

Fly from Southampton Airport and you’ll discover stunning beach vistas, historic enclaves, cool clubs lamplight - and plenty o’crannies for supping a wee dram in.

From towering Douglas Firs at Tyrebagger to The Castle Trail, to the lively Waterfront District, Aberdeen is a place rich in history, folklore, fun and much, much more. Explore award-winning flower filled parks, shop the Granite Mile, surf, eat, drink and snowboard.

Whatever season you choose there’s always something to see and do in the Granite City.

Getting there 

Aberdeen’s International Airport lies 7 miles from the city centre. Breeze through the terminal for regular Eastern Airways flights from Southampton Airport to Aberdeen. And once you’ve landed, there are regular buses, day shuttles, taxis and trains, so however you choose to travel you’re only ever minutes away from the city.

Dyce train station is 10 minutes from the airport and unstaffed, so buy tickets on the train. Trains will take you to the city centre in ten minutes. Plenty of bus services connect you with the city, with bus stops easily signposted right outside the terminal building. Check Traveline Scotland for bus and rail schedules that connect with your flight.

Or if you fancy taking off under your own steam, hire a car from Hertz, Avis, National, Europcar and Enterprise who all serve the airport.

Taxis are available from Comcab at the front of the terminal.

Top things to see and do

Take a tour

From tucked away Provost Skene House to castles a-plenty, get on The Castle Trail, or discover Aberdeen’s secret side with Hidden Tours.

Liquid gold

For a drop of the good stuff, appoint a designated driver and sup your way through the Speyside Whisky Trail.

White Out

Rain or shine, adventure sports are right on your doorstep. Lecht and Glenshee are two top ski mountains only 1.5hrs from the city.

Off the beaten track

No place like Gnome

No place like Gnome

Footdee (pronounced Fittie) is the must-see cluster of brightly painted fisherman’s cottages at the end of the promenade. Said to be home to a fair few garden gnomes, how many can you spot?

Ghostly goings on

Haunted houses can’t be beaten, and the Tollbooth Museum is said to be the most haunted site in Scotland.

Brrrrr-ave the waves

Conquer the power of the North Sea and learn to surf, suited up from tip to toe of course.