Aberdeen Airport is located 5 miles from the city itself, and offers a convenient departure point for those in the north east of Scotland. The second busiest airport in the country, Aberdeen serves a number of domestic airports, and flies to a choice of European destinations. Choosing to use the airport also offers a chance to discover the sights of the 'Granite City', and the glorious Scottish countryside and coastline nearby.
WHSmith and Boots are available for all your last-minute needs, with a wide selection of books, magazines, cosmetics, toiletries and travel-related goods, whilst Tie Rack, Nu Gems and Art at Aberdeen offer great gift shopping before you fly. World Duty Free at Aberdeen Airport sells everything from perfumes, alcohol and tobacco, to sunglasses and confectionary at low tax-free prices, and allows you to conveniently purchase items and collect them on your return.
Choices for dining at Aberdeen Airport include The Kitchen and The Granite City by Wetherspoon, both serving hot and cold food, as well as Costa Coffee for drinks and snacks. For a quick drink at the bar before your flight, head to The Globe Freehouse, located in the departure lounge.
You can pass the time waiting for your flight by making the most of wi-fi access throughout the terminal, or use one of the internet stations located within. For a break from the hustle and bustle of the airport, you can book a seat at the Executive Lounge at Aberdeen Airport, which serves complimentary drinks and snacks, with free papers and television.
The city is easily accessible from the airport, by car, train and bus. Aberdeen sits on the Rivers Dee and Don, and has a rich maritime heritage, still home to a working harbour, and a town beach. Many of the buildings are built in the area's famous granite, and the charming Old Town is lined with historic architecture and cobbled streets. A university town, Aberdeen is bustling with a lively nightlife scene, with plenty of bars and restaurants, and Union Square has plenty of shops. Sights include the harbour, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Kings College Chapel and Provost Skene's House.
There are plenty of golf courses around the area, and this historic region of Scotland boasts many National Trust stately homes and castles, including Crathes, Drum, Dunottar and the Royal Balmoral - you can follow the Castle Trail to see them all. Visit the fishing village of Footdee, venture out into the Grampians or spot dolphins at Moray Firth Excursions. Excursions include the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Alford Valley Railway Company, Macduff Marine Aquarium and Archaeolink Prehistory Park.