MY TOP 5 OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN ABERDEEN FOR THE ROOKIE ADVENTURER

The Granite City or Britain’s oil capital is what Aberdeen is known as to the rest of the World. It may seem at first that Aberdeen is a ‘one street’ city with all the major fun places and shopping spots concentrated in the city centre, however if you’re keen enough you will find that Aberdeen is a really charming place if you just give it a chance. So if you have just come to the city and are seeking to quench your thirst for adventure, here are the 5 fun things you can do outdoors.

1. TAKE A WALK AROUND THE CITY

From Footdee (Fittie) to Old Aberdeen, this is the cheapest way to discover your new home because it doesn’t cost a penny. So grab a coat, put on your walking shoes and go out for a stroll. Footdee is a quaint old fishing village about 700 years old or more at the east end of Aberdeen harbour. It has the cutest little houses and you WILL get lost in time as you walk around amazed at the resilience of these little houses by the sea. The residents are really friendly, maybe because they’re used to people like you and me whipping at our cameras to take a picture of their homes. It is right by the beach as well so on a good day, you can sit and watch the turn tide after a stroll through this wonderful hidden treasure.

Footdee

Footdee

Old Aberdeen will blow your mind, this I can guarantee especially if you’re into old architecture like I am. Old Aberdeen is a lovely place to take a walk on a lovely Sunday afternoon with a significant other or on your own if you just want to clear your mind. The cobblestones give the entire area its character and the King’s college is absolutely stunning which explains why so many couples choose it as a wedding venue.

kings college

The Magnificent King’s college
(Photo Credits: www.aberdeenvoice.com)

2. VISIT THE BEAUTIFUL PARKS AND GARDENS AROUND THE CITY

This is especially fun in the summer when you can pack a bag with food, drinks, a blanket, camera and sometimes a good book to enjoy the warmth of the sun. Plus, there is more daylight time meaning you can stay out and have fun longer. My personal favorite is Duthie Park which is right by the River Dee, it also has a gorgeous botanical garden as a bonus.

Other parks around Aberdeen City include Hazlehead Park, Westburn Park, Seaton Park, Victoria Park and Westfield Park. The Cruickshank Botanical Gardens is a beautiful place to end your walk around Old Aberdeen.

Duthie Park & Seaton Park

3. BE BLOWN AWAY BY THE ROYAL DEESIDE

It’s no wonder Queen Victoria and Prince Albert fell in love with the Deeside and decided to make Balmoral their holiday home. The Royal Deeside is absolutely breathtaking. If you’re a student and it’s your first time in Aberdeen, go to Union Square and get the day ticket for the bus to Banchory for starters and then go to Aboyne, Ballater, Braemar and save Balmoral for last. If you’re on a budget it’s as easy as getting on the bus and grabbing a coffee or lunch, you’ll enjoy the scenery on the bus ride. As you walk around these little towns the locals can recommend places to take a walk to or visit.

The Royal Deeside (Photo Credit: www.gocarhire.co.uk)
The magnificent Balmoral Castle (Photo Credit: www.aberdeenrelocation.co.uk )

4. GO SURFING, SKIING OR SNOWBOARDING

If you’re more inclined towards outdoor sports, Aberdeen offers a range of activities you can take part in the Aberdeen Snowsports centre in Garthdee. This is conveniently right next to the campus offering skiing and snowboarding lessons for beginners, and if you’re more experienced artificial ski slopes.

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Go surfing when the tide is perfect

5. SAIL AWAY FOR A DOLPHIN CRUISE

Aberdeen has beautiful marine wildlife and you can have a front seat in experiencing this if you set off on an hour long dolphin cruise from the Aberdeen Harbour offered by Clyde Cruises (http://www.clydecruises.com/clydecruises/dolphin-adventure-cruise/ ). Other than the Dolphin cruise, they also offer a tour of the Aberdeen Harbour. This makes a perfect and relaxing adventure in the outdoors that you will definitely enjoy.

dolphins

Find a weekend and go check out these cuties
(Photo Credits www.visitscotland.com)

 

Valerie Kasaiyian
LLM Oil and Gas Law

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