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Getting Here

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. 


By air

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. 


By rail 

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.


By road

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.


Medical sciences 

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* hotels200 bedrooms
4* hotels4,000 bedrooms
3* and under properties2,800 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.

P&J Live
The Music Hall
Aberdeen Beach Ballroom
Sandman Signature Aberdeen
The Chester Hotel


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.

Clash of the Titans
Aberdeenshire Highland Beef
The Kilted Chef
GlenDronach Distillery

Dining & Social

Fyvie Castle
Maryculter House Hotel
Elphinstone Hall

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