Where explorers start their journey
Scotland’s third largest city is the ‘Energy Capital of Europe’ and a major hub for international conventions and business events.
Affectionately known as ‘The Granite City’, Aberdeen boasts sandy beaches alongside 55 golf courses, museums and a wealth of maritime heritage.
With hundreds of castles, eight distilleries and a raft of unique and unusual venues to choose from, Aberdeen has much to offer conference and event planners.
P&J Live, Aberdeen’s new 48,000 sqm / 516,667 sqft venue opened in the summer of 2019 alongside the 200-room Hilton Aberdeen TECA, which offers a further 257 sqm / 2,766 sqft of meetings space.
Sample world-famous quality local food and drink across Aberdeenshire, including Aberdeen Angus beef, craft beer, salmon, trout and a wee dram of Scottish whisky.
As the gateway to the Highlands, and only a two-and-a-half hours’ drive to Edinburgh or Glasgow, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are the perfect point to start your Scottish journey.
Three international airports with direct flights from more than 170 destinations including all three London airports, Paris and Amsterdam. Only a one-hour 35 minute flight time from London.
Aberdeen International Airport is only a 20-minute drive from the city centre.
Glasgow International Airport is a two-hour drive from Aberdeen city centre.
Edinburgh Airport is two hours and 20 minutes by car to Aberdeen.
Take one of the hourly trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh, or use the east coast line to travel from cities such as York or Newcastle. The average journey time between London and Aberdeen is seven hours 52 minutes. From Edinburgh, the train takes two hours, 30 minutes via the Forth Bridge.
Aberdeen is approximately two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow and less than a three-hour drive from Inverness.
Marine, environmental and agriculture
The James Hutton Institute, Scottish Agricultural College and Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences lead the way in marine and agricultural studies.
Research in coastal and deep-sea marine environments, ecosystems, climate change, biodiversity loss, poverty alleviation and food supplies dominate the work of leading scientists. Aberdeen is also home to the National Soil Archive.
Health and nutrition
The Rowett Institute, Institute of Applied Health Sciences and the Centre of Obesity research and epidemiology are internationally renowned for their work in nutrition, epidemiology, health psychology, respiratory and rural health. Aberdeen is also a global leader in the areas of food security, food inequalities, obesity, pain management and mental health.
A custom-built institute, the Suttie Centre provides state-of-the-art facilities for medical researchers and students. Modern teaching of anatomy and medically-related sciences links the University of Aberdeen directly with NHS Grampian, and is home to the Centre for Genome-Enabled Biology & Medicine, the Mass Spectrometry and Analytical Facility, Aberdeen Proteomics Facility and Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre.
Where to stay
Quality accommodation is in abundance, with over 10,000 bedrooms available across the city.
|5* hotels||200 bedrooms|
|4* hotels||4,000 bedrooms|
|3* and under properties||2,800 bedrooms|
|Other (student accommodation / home sharing)||4,000 bedrooms|
Aberdeen’s choice of venues range from large-scale arenas and convention centres to boutique and unique options.
Granite City, the gateway to the Highlands - this north-eastern part of Scotland has a plethora of incentive options that embrace both the Scottish landscape and its culinary delights.