Flights to Aberdeen
Situated in the north east of Scotland in the UK is the city of Aberdeen. It’s the third largest city in Scotland but even so Aberdeen is quite a bit smaller than Glasgow and Edinburgh; a fact that will appeal to some visitors. Aberdeen still has many different things to see and do including culture, landmarks and museums.
The Aberdeen Airport (airport code: ABZ) is 10 kilometres north of the city, and is served by rail and bus connections to the city. Flights to Aberdeen from South Africa usually have one stop, such as with South African Airways, BMI and British Airways. They all fly the same route, going through London. KLM is another option, and they have a transfer in Amsterdam. You can also get a 2-stop flight to Aberdeen with Iberia, with stops in Madrid and London. Flights to Aberdeen take around 17 hours.
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The Tourist Attractions of Aberdeen:
With nicknames such as Grey City and Granite City you may get the impression that Aberdeen is a dull and boring place, but this isn’t the case! The nicknames come from the fact that much of Aberdeen’s historical architecture is constructed from local grey granite and though it can be a bit samey, there is some beautiful architecture to enjoy here. Amongst the cultural offerings in Aberdeen you’ll find the following:
The Marischal Museum is Aberdeen’s main city museum and it’s located in the city centre. Established in 1786 it is situated within the Marischal College building which is in turn part of the University of Aberdeen. The museum has been closed for several years due to renovation work in the buildings but is said to be re-opening this year. When the museum is once again open you can enjoy a variety of exhibits relating to Scottish prehistory and numismatics which is among the largest collection in Scotland. There’s also a significant collection of Egyptian and Classical antiquities.
The Gordon Highlanders Museum
The Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen is a far more specific museum relating solely to the Gordon Highlanders. This was a British Army infantry regiment that was active between 1881 and 1994 and the museum tells the story of the regiment with exhibits that include uniforms and weapons, photographs and film, and medals including Victoria Crosses.
Aberdeen Maritime Museum
Being a coastal city Aberdeen has a rich maritime history and the Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells this story. The museum is set across some of Aberdeen’s oldest buildings near the harbour in the centre of the city and you’ll find all things maritime inside as well as the chance o get inside Aberdeen’s second oldest house, the Provost Ross’s house!
Aberdeen Art Gallery
For a break away from the history you can visit Aberdeen Art Gallery where there’s a good collection of different art genres including Impressionist and Victorian art from Scotland and the rest of Britain.
Beach and Parks in Aberdeen
Aberdeen has an attractive mostly sandy beach which makes a nice place to sit and watch or walk along during the summer months. It’s not usually warm enough for swimming here! There are also a number of parks that you can enjoy in Aberdeen such as the beautiful Johnston Gardens, or the wide open expanse of Seaton Park, to name a few.
When Should You Visit?:
Aberdeen is milder than you might expect considering it is located so far north. Summers are mild with an average high of 18C across July and August. The winters are not particularly cold, staying at an average high of 6C in January. Rainfall is fairly even across the year.