The third largest city in Scotland, Aberdeen bears this title proudly as it is packed with beautiful parks and floral displays that has won Britain in Bloom multiple times. The spectacular architecture and captivating museums put their mark on the city, and the city’s abundance of art and culture, fascinating history and vibrant social scene is reason enough to visit Aberdeen again and again. Icelandair’s sister company, Air Iceland, operates these short flights on Q400 Bombardier aircraft. Book your flight to Aberdeen in the booking engine above.
“The Granite City” Aberdeen
Aberdeen is also often called “The Granite City” because of how the scenic granite buildings glitter in the sun after the rain.
Visit the famous Aberdeen "Granite Mile" on Union Street, which is home to more than 800 shops, restaurants and bars for you to explore. There you can relax in the beautiful flower-filled gardens in-between exploring the city, trying out the local food and drink, shopping and enjoying all that Aberdeen has to offer. After exploring the city, end your day with a stroll on Aberdeen’s famous golden coast.
Castles, historic buildings and fascinating landscape
Queen Victoria fell in love with the area and for obvious reasons. Check out national treasures such as the Duff House, where you can see a remarkable collection of art and furniture; Leith Hall and the surrounding property; the magnificence of Haddon estate; Kinnaird castle/lighthouse that is now the museum of Scottish lighthouses; and of course the charming nature and towns of Royal Deeside and Cairngorms national park area just outside Aberdeen. To top off your sightseeing excursion, try Scotland's only dedicated Castle Trail that brings together 17 of Aberdeenshire's most iconic castles, and revel in the history of the area.
Visit the whisky distilleries, indulge in their fine product and toast with the friendly local people while you visit and experience this Flower of Scotland.
Good to know
Four weekly flights throughout the year.
Flights are operated by Air Iceland on Q400 Bombardier aircraft, which are smaller than Boeing jets and don’t have in-flight entertainment or Wi-Fi. Ipad minis are available on board.
Airport shuttles depart regularly from Aberdeen airport and take you to downtown Aberdeen in about 35 minutes. The ticket costs £ 2.70. By taxi the journey takes a little over 25 minutes and costs about £ 15.
There is free admission to many museums and exhibitions, such as the Maritime Museum and Aberdeen’s Art Gallery.
The Royal Deeside nature conservation area is home to the Braemar Highland games and is also the royal family’s vacation resort, renowned for its beauty.
Transportation can easily be arranged when travelling to the Royal Deeside area in the west, Dunnottar castle in the south, the golden beaches of the north and the whisky province in the northwest.