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99 things to do in Aberdeen...

Here is a list of 99 great things to do in Aberdeen:

  1. Shop/eat/drink/see a movie in Union Square
  2. Curl at Curl Aberdeen, Lang Stracht
  3. Cocktails at Orchid, Langstane Place
  4. Row the River Dee
  5. Climb the rock-wall at Robert Gordon University
  6. Brush-up your skiing on the dry slope at Garthdee
  7. Taste true Aberdeen Angus at the Marcliffe Hotel
  8. Windsurf off Aberdeen beach
  9. Take a tipple at Glengarioch distillery, Old Meldrum
  10. Golf at Old Meldrum (the home of Paul Lawrie)
  11. Get active at Lochter Activity Centre, Inverurie
  12. Culture vultures love Aberdeen Art Gallery – 19th, 20th & contemporary art
  13. Bike away on the cycleway, start at Duthie Park
  14. Wearing a historic hat – pop in to Provost Skene’s House
  15. Golf at Hazlehead, just 2 minutes from the City
  16. Go science crazy at Satrosphere, down by the Beach
  17. Sail away at the Maritime Museum
  18. Codonas Pleasure Fair (great for a rainy day), Aberdeen Fun Beach
  19. Shop away – independent boutiques in the West End (Rose/Thistle St)
  20. Soak up the military atmosphere at the Gordon Highlanders Museum
  21. Adrenalin Rush #1 – Kitesurf School, Fraserburgh Beach
  22. Darlings, visit the Theatre – His Majesty’s Theatre
  23. Green-fingered? – David Welch’s Winter Gardens (Duthie Park)
  24. Kid about at Storybook Glen (Family Theme Park), Maryculter
  25. Adrenalin Rush #2 – Biking Trails on Deeside
  26. Climb Bennachie for the view of all views
  27. Visit “Touched by Scotland” at Oyne for crafts only made in Scotland
  28. Enjoy some footy at Pittodrie – Home of Aberdeen FC
  29. Tons of Castles! Start with Drum or Crathes
  30. Cycle the Old Deeside Railway Line.
  31. Get to grips with nature at the North East Falconry Centre
  32. Support emerging artistic talent at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (27th July – 7th August)
  33. ‘Go Ape’ at the new treetop adventure park at Crathes Castle
  34. Horse-riding at Hazelhead, 2 minutes from the City
  35. Break out of Aberdeen’s oldest prison – the Tolbooth – now a museum
  36. Scotland’s newest music festival in Aberdeen – The Northern Lights (30th and 31st July)
  37. Bird watchers paradise at the RSPB nature reserve on the cliffs at Dunottar
  38. Take a dip at the Art Deco outdoor swimming pool at Stonehaven
  39. Explore the caves and spectacular scenery at Loch Kinord and Burn O’ Vat
  40. Get lost and found again in the maze at Hazlehead Park
  41. Have a proper work-out at Aberdeen Sports Village
  42. Enjoy a 99’er along the Boardwalk at Aberdeen Fun Beach
  43. 5th June - Tonight’s the Night to see Rod Stewart live at Pittodrie Stadium (Gonna Be Alright)
  44. Experience live music, comedy, sports and conferences at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre
  45. Taste over 100 real ales, traditional ciders and perry at the Aberdeen & North East Beer Festival, Pittodrie Stadium (9th – 11th June)
  46. Look over the coast whilst enjoying fresh North-Sea seafood at The Silver Darling
  47. Experience breath-taking cityscape scenery at the Torry Battery
  48. Savour a dram (or two!) of Scotch whisky at Old Blackfriars Pub on the Castlegate
  49. Pick up some designer stiches at The Academy shopping centre
  50. Put your skates on and try not to fall at the Lynx Ice Arena, Aberdeen Fun Beach
  51. Witness up-coming local music and comedy in refreshingly quaint surroundings at The Lemon Tree Lounge
  52. Have “a rare day out” at Doonies Rare Breeds Farm, Nigg Bay, Aberdeen
  53. Strike! Play ‘cosmic bowling’ at Sunset Boulevard – Aberdeen Fun Beach
  54. Visit the worldwide merchants at the Aberdeen International Street Market (1st – 3rd July)
  55. Whether it’s hot or it’s cold be sure not to miss Katy Perry at the Aberdeen Exibition & Conference Centre (29th October)
  56. Catch a flick at the in-house cinema at Union Square
  57. Have an outdoor summer cocktail and watch the world go by at Chi Bar, The Academy, Aberdeen
  58. Race along to the Duthie Park for the Clydesdale Horse Show (27th August)
  59. Catch a rainbow trout in Logie Trout Fishery, Stonehaven
  60. Try your luck on roulette, poker, and blackjack at G Casino
  61. Brave the flumes at Aberdeen Beach Leisure Centre
  62. Have a carr-y on with Alan Carr at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (10th October)
  63. Sample dozens of specialist cocktails and let your hair down at Revolution, on Belmont Street
  64. Mingle and enjoy the atmosphere to the sound of a live DJs at Soul Bar, Union Street
  65. Up from Manchester, TV funnyman Jason Manford live at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (14th November)
  66. Adrenaline Rush #3 – Compete for pole position at Kartstart, an indoor karting and mini moto circuit, Bridge of Don
  67. Choose from a worldwide selection of craft beers at BrewDog, Gallowgate Aberdeen
  68. Join in a celebration of North East Scotland’s culture at Aberdeen’s Tartan Festival in the city centre (30th July)
  69. No visit to Aberdeen is complete without a trip to Union Terrace Gardens – the green heart of the Granite City
  70. Enjoy a relaxing and picturesque walk at the Brig ‘o’ Balgownie
  71. Let the kids blow off some steam at Rambo’s Adventure Playcentre, Aberdeen Fun Beach
  72. Sail along to the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival (racing, fleet displays, food, music and more). 2nd - 3rd July
  73. Queen Victoria, Archibald Simpson, William Wallace, and Robert Burns – can you find all the Aberdeen statues?
  74. Book an open top bus tour at the Tourist Information Centre, Union Street
  75. Spectate a long-running Scottish tradition at the City of Aberdeen Highland Games, Hazlehead Park (19th June)
  76. Hit the ever-popular bar hot-spot Belmont Street and party late into the night
  77. Explore the rich heritage in 12 furnished rooms at Braemar Castle (open April – October)
  78. Take in the great dunes at Balmedie Beach
  79. Test yourself on the 9 mile Durris Wood Cycle Trail
  80. Visit Stonehaven harbour and witness a rich tradition of fishing
  81. Take some wonderful snaps of the coast for the scrapbook at Collieston Bay
  82. See the stunning Victorian interior and have lunch in the elegant Haddo House
  83. Be amazed by The Glover House, containing some of Thomas Blake Glover’s items collected when helping build modern day Japan, dating from the 19th century
  84. Pick up locally produced fruit and vegetables at the green market, Market Street
  85. A day in Dufftown. Dufftown Distillery & Highland Games (18th June)
  86. Show off your footy skills on the synthetic turf pitches at Strikers indoor football, Bridge of Don
  87. Game, set, and match! Check out the indoor courts at the Westburn Tennis Centre, Westburn Park, Aberdeen
  88. See the famous crowned tower on The King’s College, and then walk down the cobbled street to the Old Town Cathedral in Old Aberdeen
  89. Go salmon fishing in the River Dee
  90. Braemar Highland Gathering – join the Royal Family for this classic event (3rd September)
  91. Marvel at Aberdeen’s magnificent Town House on the east side of Union Street
  92. Go skating, play “2 on 2” basketball, climbing and more at Transition Extreme Sports Centre, Aberdeen Fun Beach
  93. Choose from over 40 great shops in the Bon Accord Centre, Aberdeen
  94. Join an open mic session at Cellar 35, Rosemount Viaduct
  95. Father’s Day – take your choice from one of 69 golf courses in the Aberdeen region (19th June)
  96. The 2011 Walker Cup at Royal Aberdeen Golf Course (10th – 11th September)
  97. Start the Grampian Gallery Trail at the Lost Gallery, by Ballabeg for contemporary art... then visit the other 10!
  98. Relax with a coffee on the historic cobbles of The Green, City Centre
  99. See the residence of the Royal Family at Balmoral Castle, purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848

For even more information about local attractions, events and facilities, visit the Aberdeen City and Shire website.

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