Aberdeen is Scotland’s third biggest city but even with our size and urban life, we’re surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in the country. Below you’ll find some key information about our city and why we’re proud of it. For information on housing (including buying and renting property in Aberdeen, there are plenty of online resources including Aberdeen Solicitors Property Centre).

Social Life

Aberdeen has a fantastic range of restaurants to meet all of your culinary desires. Restaurants and cafes are spread all across the city with some key hubs in the city centre offering everything from high-end cooking, fine dining and independent restaurants, to all of your well-known chain brands. We also have a number of coffee shops, pubs, bars and clubs in the city centre catering for everyone’s tastes and preferences.

We also have a packed cultural calendar throughout the year with events across the city including Spectra (our festival of light), Aberdeen Jazz Festival, Aberdeen Comedy Festival, our Christmas Market, Granite Noir, NuArt and many more!


The city boasts excellent theatre and music venues including His Majesty’s Theatre, the Arts Centre, the Lemon Tree, the Music Hall, the Beach Ballroom and our upcoming, brand new exhibition and conference centre (TECA).

There are also a collection of museums and art galleries across the city including the Maritime Museum, the Tolbooth Museum, Aberdeen Art Gallery & the Treasure Hub.


For fans of sport, Aberdeen has a well-known football club as well as local teams in many other sports.

For those who like to partake in sport, you’ll find excellent facilities throughout the city with plenty of public and private sports centres as well as Aberdeen Sports Village and many beautiful golf courses. With easy access to the sea, mountains and forests, there’s also plenty of outdoor activities including walking, hiking, skiing and surfing.


There are two leading universities in Aberdeen and a large student community. We also boast an excellent network of primary and secondary schools, nurseries as well as a number of private education establishments.


Aberdeen is known as the Granite City with world-renowned architectural delights including our very own Marischal College. The city has a wonderful beachfront with a great stretch of sand which is perfect for long walks (with a stop off for ice cream or fish and chips of course!). We also have the traditional fishing village of Footdee (pronounced Fittie) at one end of the beach which is a popular tourist site and a great place to explore.

With the beach comes excellent wildlife with viewing points for seals, sea birds, dolphins, porpoises and even whales if you’re lucky!

The city has a number of parks that you can explore as well as other beauty spots including Old Aberdeen.

Aberdeenshire is just a stone’s throw away from the city, as is Moray, Angus, Perth & Kinross and the Highlands. Together, we have some of the best scenery in Scotland (and we’d say the world) from mountains to rivers, castles to cairns, forests to historic harbours, whisky & gin distilleries to fruit farms – we have it all!



We have excellent transport connections in and out of the city. We have a bus and train station taking you to places all over Scotland and the rest of the UK as well as an excellent international airport. We will also soon have the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route which will make road travel quick and easy to other parts of Scotland.


The city has the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary as well as other well-renowned and respected hospitals and healthcare establishments.