Destination guide

Welcome to whisky country

From ancient castles and grand Victorian buildings to whisky distilleries and world-famous golf courses, Aberdeen is Scotland at its best. The port city is powered by its thriving North Sea petroleum industry, which has fueled an urban revitalization. Today, the “Granite City” is dotted with upmarket cafes, restaurants, and boutiques, not to mention a string of cultural attractions. Venture further afield and Aberdeenshire awaits. Whether you want to get wild in Cairngorms National Park or discover some of Scotland's most iconic whisky making landscapes, Aberdeen vacation rentals will immerse you in Aberdeenshire’s natural beauty.

Things to do

A walk on Aberdeen’s cultural side

The Maritime Museum offers a glimpse at Aberdeen’s seafaring past, while the Aberdeen Art Gallery showcases Scottish greats like Gwen Hardie and Stephen Conroy. To the west of the city is Royal Deeside, home to the magnificent Balmoral Castle. Scotland is famous for its whisky, and there’s no better place to soak up the scene than Aberdeenshire. Rental cars give you the freedom to sip your way through distilleries and get a true appreciation for the “water of life.” Want to stay in the heart of whisky country? Aberdeen vacation rentals unlock access to a host of rural properties near iconic distilleries like Glenfiddich, Chivas Regal, and McCallan.

Activities

Sand, salt, and sea spray in Aberdeen

Get your bearings with a walking tour around the city, starting with the cobblestone streets of Old Aberdeen. For a taste of cosmopolitan Aberdeen, try cafe hopping in the upmarket Golden Square district, or shopping along bustling Union Street. Then, head down to Footdee, a colorful fishing quarter dotted with pint-sized cottages, flower-filled gardens, and plenty of seafaring charm. With no less than 55 courses to choose from, Aberdeenshire is a golfer’s paradise – all you need to do is decide where to tee off.

Weather

Skiing in the “Granite City”

Summer in Aberdeen can be a dream, with long sunny days that are perfect for strolling around the city, exploring Cairngorms National Park or castle hopping your way through Royal Deeside. That said, Aberdeen is known for biting winds and pounding rain that roll in from the North Sea so don’t forget to pack a raincoat. In winter, the peaks of Cairngorms National Park serve up some of Britain’s best skiing. If you’re planning a ski trip, Aberdeen vacation rentals give you the freedom to hit the slopes by day and return to the comfort of a blazing fireplace – and a dram of local whisky, of course.

Natural features

Aberdeen is the gateway to the Cairngorms

The city may be known for its grey hued granite but venture out of town and there’s a wonderland of rolling hills, heather strewn moors, and ancient forests to explore. Aberdeen is just 50 miles from Cairngorms National Park, where you’ll find 5 of the UK’s 6 highest peaks. Not to mention a string of shimmering lochs, friendly villages, and forested hiking trails. Venture north and you’ll find wide stretches of sand that span for miles along the Aberdeenshire coast.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Aberdeen

Fly into Aberdeen (ABZ), the closest airport, located 5.4 mi (8.7 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, Aberdeen Station, Dyce Station and Aberdeen Portlethen Station are the main stations in the city.

Where to stay around Aberdeen?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 135 vacation rentals near Aberdeen. From 42 Houses to 24 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Aberdeen for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Aberdeen?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Aberdeen. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Gordon Highlanders Museum: 144 vacation rentals
  • University of Aberdeen: 133 vacation rentals
  • Aberdeen Portlethen Station: 136 vacation rentals
  • Balmedie Beach: 95 vacation rentals
  • Kirkhill Forest: 165 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Aberdeen! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Aberdeen?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Aberdeen:

  • Stonehaven: 146 rentals
  • Banff: 183 rentals
  • Peterhead: 69 rentals
  • Brechin: 165 rentals
  • Turriff: 128 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Aberdeen?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Aberdeen. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Gordon Highlanders Museum: 144 rentals
  • University of Aberdeen: 133 rentals
  • Aberdeen Portlethen Station: 136 rentals
  • Balmedie Beach: 95 rentals
  • Kirkhill Forest: 165 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Aberdeen listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.