Fly To Aberdeen, Scotland
Aberdeen is often overshadowed by its southern cousins Edinburgh and Glasgow, but that doesn’t mean this coastal Scottish city doesn’t pack a punch of its own. Known as the Granite City, Aberdeen boasts some of the finest and most original architecture in Scotland. However, it’s not just a backwater tartan and haggis outpost. Aberdeen is also known as Europe’s oil capital and it’s these natural riches that have catapulted the city into something of an economic boom in recent years. The cities status as Europe’s hub for oil production has led to a cosmopolitan renaissance.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African citizens do require a Visa to enter the UK and Scotland. Apply for your UK Visa in advance and ensure your valid passport has at least six months remaining on it.
- The closest South African High Commission to the UK is in London. The address is: South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DP, United Kingdom. Tel: +44 20 7451 7299.
See and do
You only have to walk around Aberdeen’s historical centre to see the diverse mix of cocktail bars and fine restaurants, set amongst some of the most beautiful architecture in Scotland. If you prefer something more relaxed then there are a number of local delicacies which you must try. The most famous of these is the Aberdeen Buttery Pastry which locals refer to as a “Rowie”. These can be bought and eaten on the go from a number of bakeries throughout the city.
Aberdeen is also the best place to explore the famous Scottish Highlands from and skiing enclaves such as Aviemore are not far away. The Highlands and surrounding countryside provide endless opportunities for exploring some of the UK’s most remote countryside and islands.
The best time to visit Aberdeen is during the summer months which boast long days of up to 18 hours as well as warm weather. The majority of Aberdeen’s festivals also take place in the summer months and hotel prices remain reasonable.
If you’re looking to delve into Aberdeen’s history then don’t miss out on the Maritime Museum. This nautically themed museum provides a fascinating insight into Aberdeen’s relationship with the sea from its roots in fishing to its modern day persona as the oil capital of Europe. The Aberdeen Art Gallery houses a wide range of work, from traditional work to the work of more contemporary artists such as Tracy Emin.
Do visit one of the town’s famous fish & chip shops before taking a stroll along Aberdeen Beach which is one of the most popular places in Scotland for surfing and windsurfing.
As a coastal city one of the best ways to see Aberdeen is from the sea. Visitors can take a 45 minute boat trip around Aberdeen’s harbour which is one of the busiest in the UK. The view from the sea is arguably the best view of the city with a number of famous landmarks such as the clock tower being visible.
Aberdeen’s International Youth Festival takes place at the beginning of August each year. The festival is a fantastic celebration of arts, culture and theatre and a must see for those visiting in the summer months.
Aberdeen Airport – ABZ
Food and beverage: The Kitchen provides a range of sandwiches and hot food options and can be found close to security control. There is also a Costa Coffee as well as a Wetherspoon’s pub available.
Currency Exchange: Travelex has an outlet at Aberdeen Airport and money can be pre ordered for pick up. There are also a number of ATM’s which dispense Pounds, Euros and US Dollars.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should also be reported to your individual carrier. Only luggage lost within the terminal should be reported in the airport itself.
Airport Hotels: There are a few hotels close to the airport which include Menzies, The Speedbird Inn and the Courtyard.
Car Hire: Avis, Hertz, National, Europcar and Enterprise.
Airport Hub: Aberdeen Airport (code ABZ) is a hub for BMI regional and Eastern Airways.