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    Granite CIty

    The ‘Granite City’, so-called because of its brooding, silver buildings built from the local stone, is a northern treasure. It may not be as big as Edinburgh or Glasgow, but what it lacks in size it makes up for with an impressive array of sights. Top-class museums, superb architecture and easy access to

    some of Scotland’s finest outdoor spaces make Aberdeen a great place to come and spend a few days. Throw in some of the best whisky the country has to offer and your stay here is sure to be a happy one.


    Top 10 sights in Aberdeen

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    Aberdeen Maritime Museum

    AB11 5BY Aberdeen
    Tel: (01224) 337 700
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1200-1500

    A fascinating museum looking at Aberdeen’s lengthy history with the North Sea. From shipbuilding to sailing, fishing to oil drilling, the Maritime Museum covers every aspect of the city’s key relationship in great detail.

    Aberdeen Art Gallery

    AB10 1FQ Aberdeen
    Tel: (01224) 523 700
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1400-1700

    Opened in 1885, the Aberdeen Art Gallery plays home to everything from key works by Hogarth to stunning paintings by Paul Nash. It has a superb collection of contemporary art, as well as a wide array of applied art such as costumes and jewellery.

    Provost Skene’s House

    AB10 1AS Aberdeen
    Tel: (01224) 641 086
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1700

    A 16th-century masterpiece named after one of Aberdeen’s most famous sons, Sir George Skene. This one-time key figure commissioned the beautiful carved ceilings. Rooms are decked out to resemble how they would have looked in past centuries. Provost Skene’s House is temporarily closed to the public due to redevelopment.


    St Machar’s Cathedral

    The Chanonry
    AB24 1RQ Aberdeen
    Tel: (01224) 485 988
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1600 (Nov-Mar)
    Daily 0930-1630 (Apr-Oct)

    A striking ‘High Kirk’ in the north of the city, St Machar’s can trace its roots back to the sixth century, although none of that original building remains. Its unique, tower-house design makes it one of the most fascinating churches in Scotland.

    King’s Museum

    High Street
    AB24 3EN Aberdeen
    Tel: (01224) 274 330
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1600
    Sat 1100-1600

    Housed in the Old Aberdeen Town House, King’s Museum shows off various collections held by Aberdeen University. Exhibitions change frequently and often showcase new views thanks to the work of the student population.

    King’s College Chapel

    King’s College, Old Aberdeen
    AB24 3FX Aberdeen
    Tel: (01224) 272 137
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1530

    One of the recognisable sights in Aberdeen, the Crown Tower of this chapel is perhaps the most beautiful building in the city. Part of the university campus, it’s open on weekdays (depending on private events). Head inside to explore the sanctuary.

    Kirk of St Nicholas

    Union Street
    AB10 1JL Aberdeen
    Tel: (01224) 643 494
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1200-1600 (May-Sep)
    reduced hours in winter

    Founded in the 12th century and expanded and rebuilt in the 15th and 17th centuries, this city-centre church is a stunning example of Aberdeen’s architecture. Still steeped in medieval history, it’s easy to lose a few hours wandering its calm sanctuaries.

    RSPB Troup Head

    Troup Head
    Tel: (01346) 532 017
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    Open at all times

    North of Aberdeen on the wild coast, Troup Head is one of the RSPB’s finest reserves. This is one of the best places to see sea birds such as puffins and gannets. The flowers and butterflies are truly spectacular in summer too.

    Music Hall

    Union Street
    AB10 1QS Aberdeen
    Tel: (01224) 641 122
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0930-1600 (box office)

    Staging everything from classical music to comedy, this stunning 19th-century music hall, once known as the Assembly Rooms, was designed by renowned local architect Archibald Simpson. It’s best to check the website and book well ahead of events.

    His Majesty’s Theatre

    Rosemount Viaduct
    AB25 1GL Aberdeen
    Tel: 0845 270 8200
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0930-1800 (box office)

    Opera, classical performances and major touring shows pass through Aberdeen’s 1,500-capacity theatre. An Edwardian gem in the heart of the city, designed by the man behind London’s Palladium, this is the place to come if you love performing arts.

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    Few places cram in as much scenery, history and culture as the United Kingdom. England’s southwest is dominated by a rugged shoreline and swathes of open national parkland, while its sprawling and vibrant capital London dominates the southeast. Hillwalkers can take some serious hikes in the Scottish Highlands or England’s Lake District. True British wilderness remains – stark, sometimes stunning and often inaccessible, particularly in the far North of Scotland.

    Historic Edinburgh is a fascinating city to explore, while Glasgow explodes with nightlife options. Visitors to Wales can meander from the urban highlights of Cardiff to Snowdon’s jagged peaks in the north. Across the water, Belfast is reviving as a tourist destination, and Northern Ireland’s countryside is green and rolling.


    The British landscape can be divided roughly into two kinds of terrain – highland and lowland. The highland area comprises the mountainous regions of Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and North Wales.

    The English Lake District in the northwest contains lakes and fells. The lowland area is broken up by sandstone and limestone hills, long valleys and basins such as the Wash on the east coast. In the southeast, the North and South Downs culminate in the White Cliffs of Dover.

    The coastline includes fjord-like inlets in the northwest of Scotland, spectacular cliffs and wild sandy beaches on the east coast and, further south, beaches of rock, shale and sand sometimes backed by dunes, and large areas of fenland in East Anglia.

    Note: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Although they form one administrative unit (with regional exceptions), they have had separate cultures, languages and political histories.

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    Key facts

    Population: 66,02 millions (estimate 2017)

    Capital: London.


    English. Welsh is spoken in parts of Wales, and Gaelic in parts of Scotland.


    Pound (GBP; symbol £) = 100 pence. Notes are in denominations of £50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of £2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pence.


    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are standard.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2019 – December 2020 period.


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2019
    Good Friday: 19 April 2019
    Early May BankHoliday: 6 May 2019
    Spring Bank Holiday: 27 May 2019
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2019
    Boxing Day: 26 December 2019


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2020
    Good Friday: 10 April 2020
    Early May BankHoliday: 4 May 2020
    Spring Bank Holiday: 25 May 2020
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2020
    Boxing Day: 26 December 2020

    All information subject to change.


    Scotland – wild at heart

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    The great journey: the island's northeast

    The highland escapades in the lastest James Bond movie Skyfall may have boosted Scotland’s popularity, but the country has long been a dream destination thanks to its natural landscapes, time-honored golf courses and smoky scotch. We start our trip in Aberdeen and travel around the northwest, encountering loads of fish, sled dog mushers, ancient settlements built on the water and rangers who make money off of 007.

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    Day 1 – 
Aberdeen to Meldrum: Master craftmanship

    Margot Brodie sits in a small garret room at the Alex Scott & Co. kilt factory amid photos of her collie dog, lengths of cloth, an array of bobbins and her thimble. Over in the corner, there’s a sewing machine. Outside the window, helicopters hover like seagulls above the granite-gray port as they carry their regular deliveries of workers to the oil rigs out in the North Sea.

    The sprightly senior is not only Aberdeen’s oldest kiltmaker, but also one of the best in the country. It takes her roughly 13 hours to complete a traditional Scottish kilt; a complete set can cost anything up to 1400 pounds. She began her five-year apprenticeship in 1954, learning her craft from an army kiltmaker. Today, she has officially retired, only sometimes she’ll make a kilt as a favour to Alex Scott & Co.

    Her reputation extends far beyond the city’s limits. “People from all over the kingdom order my kilts,” she tells us with visible satisfaction, “I never get bored, I really enjoy the work.”

    As if to prove her point, she takes out her measuring tape, which is 60 inches long, roughly a meter and a half. “Once someone came to me for a kilt. He was such a fatty, I had to use two tapes to measure all the way round his middle!” she laughs. She just has one regret, namely not having emigrated to Australia 40 years ago! She does fly out there regularly on winter vacation, though.

    Day 2 – Meldrum to Craigellachnie: An educational experience

    “130 yards ist not bad for your first day,” says Neil Marr, my golf instructor. In front of him, a laptop displays my tee-off performance data, and later Marr analyzes on video every error in my posture – and there are quite a few. Scotland is considered

    to be the cradle of the time-honored game, and Meldrum House Club, one of Scotland’s most exclusive golfing establishments, honors its traditions to the letter. The course is over 7000 yards long (roughly 6400 m), and club membership is limited to 400 to minimize waiting times. A stone’s throw from the first tee, there’s a stately old manor house that’s been converted into a luxury hotel.

    Head coach Marr also trains the Scottish national youth team, but today he has me to contend with. A qualified sports psychologist, he keeps his true thoughts about my golfing potential to himself. “The main thing a good golfer needs in additionto mental strength, technique, physical fitness and a good diet,” says Marr, “is patience.” Wanting to do too much too soon often ends in failure. “I play less but I still improve my game,” he says,a look of surprise momentarily crossing his face. Marr seems a paragon of composure, and looks ten years younger than he is. We trundle across the extensive course in the cart, enjoying the view of endless green hills. The sun is out, the birds are singing. We would be happy to stay for another couple of days but it’s time to move on.

    We plan to end the day at tiny Knockdhu Distillery, which was founded in 1894 and is hidden away in Knock, on the fringes of the Whisky Trail, a concentration of famous distilleries inthe northeast of the country. The air here is fragrant with the smell of malt.

    Master distiller Gordon Bruce, takes us straight to the large wooden washbacks and copper stills. “We are very traditional in the way we produce our whisky, and we haven’t really changed our method in the past hundred years,” he says. “The fact that it’s not mass produced is what makes our scotch so special.” To prove his point, he holds up a calculator with huge buttons and mischievously says: “May I show you our latest computer?”

    The ground outside is peaty, ideal for growing barley, and fresh, clear water bubbles from several springs. These are ideal prerequisites for an excellent scotch. Next door, the different “vintages” are maturing under the roof of a large barn in some 1200 oak barrels brought over especially from Spain or the United States. “They were originally used to store sherry or bourbon,” Bruce explains, tenderly running his fingers over one of them, “the flavor rubs off.” The warehouse is his great treasure, and as he man strides between the long rows of barrels in the gloom, his face suddenly takes on a blissful expression. “I love my work because it’s not something you can plan. Conditions change constantly and that constantly creates new challenges,” he explains. In his free time, Bruce likes to travel occasionally, “but only to cold places.” Otherwise he spends his time experimenting with whisky, blending different single malts – as you can see, for him the job really is a “vocation.” Also, he lives right across from the distillery, his workplace always within sight and reach. His eldest daughter is a master distiller at Chivas and one of very few women in the profession His other two children aren’t quite there yet. “But I’m working on it,” says Bruce with a wicked grin. Sláinte!

    Day 3 – 
Craigellachnie via Cairngorms to Glencoe: 40 best friends

    “One dog is enough to take you for a walk,” says Nici Nardini. Sled dog Pandora strains so hard on her leash you know immediately what she means. And listening to the barks and feral howls of the remaining 39 huskies outside their wooden kennels, you quickly realize why the Stewarts have no neighbors. Their cottage is in a clearing in the middle of nowhere, and their only regular visitor is a stork. Alan and Fiona Stewart are in the dog sled business, and Nardini helps them out of love for the animals. Asa dog handler, she travels all over the world. The Stewarts’ son, John, earns his living as a diver on an oil platform, but he’s alsoa professional “musher” (a person who drives a dog sled team) and competes in races. That’s why he spent the last three winters in Canada. He even survived Alaska’s Iditarod, the world’s most grueling dog sled race. “You must have the animals under control at minus 50 degrees because a tumble can be fatal,” says mother Fiona who herself raced for seven years.

    In a race, a team of 16 dogs is harnessed to a sled and has to cover up to 100 miles a day. Training begins in September, and for this the Stewarts have specially designed carts with rubber wheels that the dogs pull through the woods. Few mushers can survive from their prize money alone; the races are mostly about prestige and the thrill of competition and taking part. “If I had known what I was letting myself in for when my husband brought a husky home…,” says Fiona, laughing. But on a serious note, she adds, “Living with the dogs is very different, very special. You have to devote your whole life to them.” Standing besideNici, she surveys the barking pack. Both women beam.

    Day 4 – 
Glencoe via Aberfeldy to Ballater: There can only be one!

    Since Skyfall, ranger Scott McCombie has often stood right on what is now a famous spot in Glen Etive. In the movie, Bond and his boss, M, break their journey here, and later the Highlands provide the backdrop for a showdown. The last time McCombie was here, he traded his ranger’s gear for a pinstriped suit and struck a cool 007 pose. Photos of the occasion now form part of the Skyfall exhibition the national park which opened soon after the blockbuster’s release in order to attract new visitors. McCombie is quite happy to cash in on Skyfall’s success, as the proceeds will help preserve the beautiful natural scenery here. Lone campers put up their tents beside the streams and hikers lose themselves in the vast glens. “It’s just a pity we don’t have any bears,” says McCombie. At least they have an undaunted agent.

    In the afternoon, we meet Barrie Andrian, an underwater archeologist from the United States, who ran the national Crannog Center until 2017. In case you didn’t know: For reasons not yet entirely clear, back in around 500 BCE the ancestors of today’s Scots lived in wooden settlements called crannogs, which they erected as artificial islands in a lake. They likely chose this form of dwelling for protection, but possibly as a status symbol. Andrian and her team have spent many years reconstructing such a crannog – using only original parts and the then customary tools. The result is an impressive exhibit people can step inside and touch. “It’s only wood, but it is so much more, too,” says Andrian. “We are the first people to have touched this wooden floor in 2500 years. To me, it feels like we are touching our ancestors – it’s like a connection with our past.”

    Day 5 – Ballater via Stonehaven to Aberdeen: Catching peace

    This is what tranquility feels like. It’s early morning and we are in waders, standing in the fast-flowing waters of the Dee River as the first rays of the sun reach the riverbank. “It always takes about 20 minutes for people to say, “Wow, this is so peaceful,” says Ian Murray, following up with: “Don’t lose my late grandmother’s handmade fly!” With three elegant swishes of his 15-foot rod, he casts his line. Soon we can see the bright bait being carried along on the surface by the current. Ian has about 100 different flies in his SUV, dozens of them homemade. He is one of the most experienced rangers in the region and takes people from all over the world to the right spots to fish. Right now, all we lack is a proper catch. What was his biggest so far? “My girlfriend!,” says Murray with a laugh. It doesn’t seem to be his lucky day today, though, not a single a salmon bites. Even if one did, this is the closed season, so we would have to throw it back. And anyway, it can also be wonderfully relaxing to catch nothing at all.

    Our last stop is Stonehaven, a pretty fishing village near Aberdeen. When we arrive, skipper Brian Wilkinson is already waiting to cast off, the engine of the Lady Gail II turning over impatiently. From the sea, we get the best view of the coast and the Dunnottar Castle ruins, and hope to glimpse a passing dolphin or whale. “Photographers usually go overboard first!” is our skipper’s greeting. We see numerous penguins waddling along the shore in front of the camera, but no mammals this time, not even out at sea. The sense of peace that follows a day spent outdoors stays with us even as we travel home. But we will certainly miss the Scottish sense of humor.


    Nightlife in Aberdeen


    Aberdeen has a huge range of pubs, bars and clubs to cater to every kind of night owl.

    There are plenty of places to taste local whisky and gin, while clubs are more focused on the young student crowd.

    The Grill

    213 Union Street
    AB11 6BA Aberdeen
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    Once a restaurant, this amazing pub hasn’t changed its décor since 1926 and pours great ales and whisky.

    BrewDog Aberdeen

    17 Gallowgate
    AB25 1EB Aberdeen
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    Alternative brewery BrewDog’s flagship bar has sensational craft ales and a lively vibe.


    51 Langstane Place
    AB11 6DJ Aberdeen
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    Billed as a destination for ‘discerning drinkers’, Orchid serves Aberdeen’s finest cocktails.

    The Office Bar

    7 Crown Street
    AB11 6HA Aberdeen
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    Not full of boozy office workers, rather a place for a refreshing G&T before heading out on the town.


    120 Union Street
    AB10 1JJ Aberdeen
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    Sister venue to the club of the same name in Edinburgh, this is one for youngsters and party fiends.


    Restaurants in Aberdeen


    Aberdeen is blessed with some of Scotland’s finest restaurants and cafés.

    Its proximity to the coast makes it great for seafood, while vast estates from across the nearby Highlands are able to supply the very best game and produce the country has to offer.

    The Stage Door

    26 North Silver Street
    AB10 1RL Aberdeen
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    Price: Expensive

    Succulent Scottish steaks and excellent seafood have made this a firm local favourite.

    Moonfish Cafe

    8 Correction Wynd
    AB10 1HP Aberdeen
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    Price: Expensive

    Foodies and adventurous eaters love this café, where the focus is on the very best local produce.


    33 Exchange Street
    AB11 6PH Aberdeen
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    Price: Moderate

    A café, art gallery and live music venue serving an eclectic menu with fish at the forefront.

    Cafe 52

    52 The Green
    AB11 6PE Aberdeen
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    Price: Cheap

    Arguably Aberdeen’s hottest eating spot – the smoked mackerel is a particular treat.

    The Ashvale

    42-48 Great Western Road
    AB10 6PY Aberdeen
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    Price: Cheap

    The Ashvale serves the best fish and chips in Aberdeen, with fresh fish direct from the North Sea.


    Calendar of events

    Aberdeen Jazz Festival

    21 – 31 March 2019

    Venue: Various venues

    Jazz lovers will adore the vibes of at this annual festival.


    24 – 26 May 2019

    Venue: King’s College Campus, University of Aberdeen

    Incorporating elements of its predecessor, Word, May Festival takes place over three days at the charming and historic King’s College Campus of the University of Aberdeen and at venues throughout the city. More than 14,000 visitors come to meet around 50 authors in a packed weekend of readings, lectures, debates, music, art exhibitions, and film screenings. Added to this is a Festival of Gaelic and a special programme for schools and children. Gaelic, Imagination and Story Tents occupy the King’s Lawn, and lectures are given in a state-of-the-art university auditorium.

    Royal Deeside Golf Classic

    21 – 26 July 2018

    Venue: Various golf courses

    Offers golfers a chance to testf our of Grampian’s 57 Golf courses.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Aberdeen


    You can find plenty of excellent top-end and mid-range options in Aberdeen city centre, with big brand names and smaller, boutique rooms available.

    Good-value budget hotels are scarcer, so book well in advance.

    Norwood Hall Hotel

    Garthdee Road
    AB15 9FX Aberdeen
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    Category: Expensive

    It’s worth staying just out of town to enjoy this 19th-century mansion set in private woodland.

    Station Hotel

    78 Guild Street
    AB11 6GN Aberdeen
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    Category: Moderate

    Traditional style in an impressive 19th-century building.


    Stirling Street
    AB11 6JU Aberdeen
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    Category: Moderate

    Highly rated, with a great restaurant attached and a superb whisky selection.

    Skene House Hotel

    2 Whitehall Place
    AB25 2NX Aberdeen
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    Category: Moderate

    A beautiful building in a central location, with traditional rooms and a cosy atmosphere.

    ibis Aberdeen Centre

    15 Shiprow
    AB11 5BY Aberdeen
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    Category: Budget

    Central outpost of this global hotel chain, with clean and comfortable rooms in a great location.

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    Temperate climate, damp and warm in the summer, wet and cool in the winter. Due to its island location, the United Kingdom has extremely changeable weather. A great deal of rain falls on the west coast and on high ground, and it’s colder and windier on the north coast. The southeast is sunnier than the north and has less rain. The southwestern part of the country has the mildest climate.

    The best time to visit is high summer although even then, relatively low temperatures and rain are always a possibility, especially in the northern regions. Southern England’s seaside resorts are at their best in July and August.

    Best time to visit Scotland

    The best time of the year to visit Scotland is the month of May, when the attractions are not overrun by tourists, the weather is (usually) pleasant, and the country is swathed in yellow broom. Although it is a little warmer in the summer, visitors should expect some cool breezes and sudden downpours. Generally speaking, the weather in Scotland is very changeable, so it’s always a good idea to take along warm and waterproof clothing. The fall tends to be very wet and cool. In the winter, the Scottish climate is harsh, but Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow still await visitors with some wonderful museums and restaurants. If you are planning a winter visit, please bear in mind that small hotels and Bed & Breakfast establishments often close for several weeks between November and February.


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    Phone calls & Internet

    Country code: +44

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking credentials entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.


    Shopping in Aberdeen

    Key Areas

    Aberdeen is not a huge city, so shopping is still very much focused on the city centre. Union Street is full of the usual global brands and there is the odd independent boutique for you to duck into and buy souvenirs and clothing.


    The International Street Market comes to Union Street three or four times a year, although dates vary, so check online before travelling. It sells crafts, clothes, local produce and everything in between. The Indoor Market Hall on Market Street is well worth a visit too, with lots of small vendors selling clothes and gifts.

    Shopping Centres

    Union Square, next to Aberdeen train station, is home to the city’s biggest shops, including brands like Apple and Cath Kidston. The Trinity Centre is also a good bet for big names in the heart of town, as is nearby Bon Accord & St Nicholas.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    The monarchy, though now only symbolic politically, is a powerful and often subconscious unifying force. Members of the Royal Family are the subject of unceasing fascination, with their every move avidly followed and reported by the popular press, both in the UK and abroad.

    Handshaking is customary when introduced to someone for the first time. One kiss on the cheek is gaining popularity for close friends. Normal social courtesies should be observed when visiting someone’s home and a small present such as flowers or chocolates is appreciated. It is polite to wait until everyone has been served before eating.


    Some nightclubs and restaurants do not allow jeans and trainers, otherwise casual wear is widely acceptable. For business, a suit and tie should be worn, although in some workplaces an open neck is acceptable.

    Use of public places

    Topless sunbathing is allowed on certain beaches and tolerated in some parks. Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places, including stations, pubs and restaurants, throughout the UK.

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    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food within the UK is generally safe to eat, with health and safety standards monitored by various government agencies. Tap water is considered safe to drink but bottled water is widely available. If you’re camping, always boil, filter or purify water from streams.

    Other Risks

    The UK is not a risky destination but travellers should still take appropriate precautions. Summer temperatures in England rarely reach above 30°C but on hot days there is still risk of sunstroke and it’s advisable to wear sunscreen, as well as appropriate clothing. The same goes for winters, during which weather can be very changeable. Waterproofs (or at least a strong umbrella) are mandatory at any time of year. Those hiking in the mountains should come prepared, with appropriate gear and maps if needed but the biggest danger comes from those who disregard warning signs or poor weather.

    Although the risk remains low, travellers are advised to ensure they are fully vaccinated against measles, as cases have risen in the past few years.  Travellers visiting the UK during the winter may also wish to consider being vaccinated against flu.

    If you’re planning to walk in wooded or heath areas such as in the Scottish Highlands, it’s worth taking precautions against tick bites: ensure you wear long-sleeved tops, tuck your socks into your trousers and wear insect repellent. Ticks are known to spread Lyme disease which, although fairly rare in the UK, can affect your skin, joints, heart and nervous system. Symptoms include: a pink or red circular rash which develops around the bite up to 30 days after a person is bitten; flu-like symptoms; headaches; and muscle or joint pain. If left untreated, symptoms can become more serious.

    Midges are a hiker’s and camper’s nemesis, especially in the northwest Highlands during the summer. While they’ll do no worse than cause a multitude of unbearably itchy bites, it’s definitely worth covering up and dousing yourself in insect repellent to ward off these persistent beasties.

    The weather in Scotland can change in an instant. If you’re walking, skiing or climbing in the hills, it’s vital to be prepared for all weathers. It’s not at all uncommon to go for a walk on a beautifully sunny day, only to find yourself surrounded by mist and drizzle with little warning. Make sure you’re equipped with a map, compass, extra food, layers and waterproofs, and always tell someone where you’re heading before you set out. Scots and visitors alike also find themselves unexpectedly caught out by the sun – you might not need it often, but pack some sunscreen.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Irvine, Kate Louise
    Calsayseat Medical Group
    44 Powis Place
    Aberdeen AB25 3TX
    Tel. +44-78-0389-5654

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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    Visa & Immigration

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