Inside Aberdeen – top things to do

There’s more to the Granite City than just oil and water. Fairytale castles and sack-loads of history await. Be inspired with Virgin’s pick of the shops, sights and grub. 

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Need inspiration? What to do in Aberdeen

Castle spotting

Who doesn’t love a good castle? Hark back to the days of moats, keeps and amazing outfits with Aberdeenshire’s castle trail – it’s definitely worth booking cheap train tickets to Aberdeen to check it out. Don’t miss:

  • Make like a Disney character at Craigievar Castle, this pink fairytale castle known for its distinctive Baronial style.
  • Fyvie Castle , where each family who lived at this 13th-century castle built their own tower – talk about adding value!

Get your hiking boots on and download the castle trail map from the Visit Scotland website.


Awesome academia

Aberdeen has stacks of old buildings that’ll want to instagram. One of the most impressive is Kings College, with its flying buttress roof, known as the Crown Tower.


Go directly to gaol

Get a taste of 17th-century justice at the Tolbooth Museum. Step inside a cell from way back when – you won’t want to stay in there too long. There’s even an original blade from the jail’s guillotine – all kinds of horrible. 

Explore hidden Aberdeen

Footdee is a quirky beach-side district is known as ‘Fittee’ by the locals, but however you say it, it’s a memorable spot. Tiny, characterful houses cluster around the harbour, the hub of this former fishing village that’s since been swallowed by the city. 

Retail therapy

High-street heaven

Head to the Union Square shopping centre, AB11 5RG, for high-street favourites like H&M, M&S, New Look and Next.


Vintage shops, one-off boutiques and homewares

Surfboards, kitsch homewares and one-off boutiques can all be found at hipster hangout, Merchant Quarter. When you're all shopped out there are plenty of spots for a drink – or a tattoo! Splash out with cheap train tickets to Aberdeen.

Label lovers - designer shopping

Fashion-pack ladies will love the APC dresses and classic John Smedley cardies at Kafka. Style-conscious blokes can find Church's brogues and Paul Smith jeans.

Trainer-spotter heaven. Retro New Balance, terrace classics from Adidas and much more can be found at Hanon in the city-centre store, which is loved by sneaker-heads.