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10 BEST Hidden Gems to visit in Aberdeen, Scotland

Updated: Jan 2

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track locations scattered in Aberdeen, Scotland.

For those who haven't visited Aberdeen yet, it's a city filled with stunning landscapes, rich history as well as a vibrant culture.

Whilst it's grown in popularity due to its bustling city centre and granite architecture, you might be surprised to know it also hides numerous hidden gems which are waiting for you to explore.

Here are 10 of the best hidden gems located in Aberdeen, perfect for a short weekend trip in Scotland!

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1) Footdee (Fittie)

Footdee is a quaint fishing village located at the east end of Aberdeen, and is known for its charming cottages, narrow streets, and picturesque harbour. Although it pretty much sits in plain sight, you'll be surprised at how many people don't notice or realise it's here!

Image of Footdee in Aberdeen
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2) Brig o'Balgownie

The Brig o'Balgownie is believed to date back to the 13th century, and lies above the River Don. It offers a beautiful view as well as a cool viewpoint for photographers out there wanting to update their portfoilio.

Image of Brig o'Balgownie in Aberdeen
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3) Cruickshank Botanic Garden

Cruickshank Botanic Gardens is a really nice quiet place to visit for half an hour to an hour, whilst admiring the many flowers and trees. It's an underrated gem which not many people know about in Aberdeen, offering educational boards and places to explore, all for free!

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4) Seaton Park

Located near Old Aberdeen, Seaton Park is a great place to take a stroll surrounded by gorgeous flowers in a peaceful environment. There is plenty of space for dogs to roam around and a nice playground for the kids to enjoy, so it suits everybody!

Image of Seaton Park in Aberdeen
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5) Johnston Gardens

Johnston Gardens is a beautiful quiet small park featuring benches, a duck pond as well as a big blue bridge. There are lots of lovely windy paths, shrubs, trees and flowers which visitors will enjoy all year round. If you're lucky, you may even see very small waterfalls, which you'd never expect to see in Aberdeen!

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6) St. Machar's Cathedral

St.Machar's Cathedral is a place of history as well as a place of worship, and gives a feel that takes you back to older times. Visitors can enjoy the glass painting, the ceiling, and the frames inside the cathedral. It's only a 20 minute drive from Aberdeen city, and is definitely one to visit if you're in the area.

Image of St. Machar's Cathedral in Aberdeen
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7) Old Aberdeen

Visitors can explore the historic heart of the city in Old Aberdeen which is often overlooked by tourists who head to Aberdeen. You can discover cobbled streets, medieval buildings, and charming cafes which are perfect for a little weekend away. Also, don't miss the stunning King's College campus, with its iconic Crown Tower!

Image of Old Aberdeen in Aberdeen
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8) Nuart Aberdeen

If you're a fan of street art, Nuart Aberdeen is a must-visit for those visiting the city. This annual festival (usually occurs on the first weekend of June) brings international artists to the city to create large-scale murals and installations, adding a vibrant touch to Aberdeen's streets!

Image of Nuart Aberdeen in Aberdeen
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9) Torry Battery

The Torry Battery was built in the 1800s and was used in both World Wars to defend Aberdeen Harbour and was decommissioned in the 1950s. This is a very good place to view Aberdeen Harbour and also good for spotting dolphins in the harbour entrance.

Image of Torry Battery in Aberdeen
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10) Blackdog Beach

Blackdog Beach is a gorgeous beach offering visitors with fantastic views along the bay. It's worth noting parking is quite limited so we recommend getting there early during weekends. Access to the beach isn't the easiest, so we wouldn't recommend this beach to those with walking difficulties.

Image of Blackdog Beach in Aberdeen
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There you have it! These are 10 of our favourite hidden gems located in Aberdeen, perfect for your next Scotland adventure! Whether you plan to do a road trip in and around Aberdeen or are visiting for the summer, you should definitely check out some of these hidden gems.

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