Book a flight to Aberdeen with Qatar Airways and you’ll be one step closer to exploring one of the UK’s most exciting cities. Surrounded by romantic, rugged countryside, Aberdeen is steeped in history and its cultural heritage is evident in the stunning architecture.
However, this vibrant location is far from stuck in the past; Aberdeen boasts all the 21st Century amenities you’d expect to find in a modern metropolis, from excellent shopping to superb restaurants. Book a flight to Aberdeen and discover why it’s known as the Granite City, or the Silver City with the Golden Sands.
With its rich history stretching back over nearly two millennia, Aberdeen is a hot-spot for those with an interest in the past. When it comes to exploring castles, visitors are spoilt for choice, as there are over 300 to visit, ranging from fairy-tale style strongholds to rugged ruins. No trip to Aberdeen would be complete without a visit to Balmoral, but it’s also worth taking some time to visit Craigievar Castle which is thought be the inspiration behind Walt Disney’s signature castle, featured at the beginning of all Disney movies.
Beyond shining granite buildings of the city itself you’ll find a bounty of open spaces. The Cairngorms National Park is the largest nature reserve in the British Isles and its ancient forests and towering mountains are home to a fantastic array of wildlife. However, if you’d prefer to soak up some man-made architecture, be sure that your trip to Aberdeen includes a visit to the grand, Gothic structures of Marischal Museum or the 13th Century Brig o’ Balgownie.
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Gastronomic excellence is something of a national pastime in Scotland and Aberdeen houses some of the best restaurants in the UK. Whether you’re after a taste of traditional Scottish fare, a fine-dining experience or some international cuisine, you’re never far from fantastic food.
No visit to Aberdeen is complete without a sample of the national dish: Haggis. Haggis is a boldly-spiced meal, served in many forms. Traditionally, it appears as a large, round sausage and has an excellent nutty texture and delicious savoury flavour. However, you may find some restaurants serving it as smaller, deep-fried ‘bon bons’.
In addition to Aberdeen’s famous bread known as Aberdeen Buttery, you can also enjoy fresh fish from the North Sea and delicious Aberdeen Angus beef dishes, served in the many restaurants of George Street, one of the most multicultural parts of the city.
A traditional Scottish breakfast may well feature kippers. These are herrings, which have been salted in brine and smoked over woodchips, before being grilled, fried or served cold.
If you’re travelling to Aberdeen with shopping in mind, then you’ve made an excellent choice. The city is packed with everything from high-end designer stores and chic boutiques to quirky gift shops tucked away down winding, cobbled streets.
To find the latest goods head over to Union Square, which is where you’ll find plenty of designer clothes and upmarket electrical goods. For something quirkier, the Aberdeen International Street Market is a great place to hunt out examples of local craftsmanship and even some fresh, local produce supplied by farmers.
When you book a flight to Aberdeen with Qatar Airways you will travel on a Qatar Airways operated flight to London Heathrow or Manchester and connect to Aberdeen with our partner airlines.
Flights to Aberdeen will arrive at Aberdeen International Airport, which is about five miles from the city centre. It is well served by taxis and there are plenty of car-hire facilities should you wish to drive yourself. In addition, there are a number of buses and trains running to and from the airport.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Aberdeen please check the visa and passport requirements.
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