Aberdeen, Scotland’s third largest city, grew out of two distinct communities – New Aberdeen and Old Aberdeen. Monks and scholars, traders and travellers settled round Old Aberdeen in the area where 14th century St Machar’s Cathedral still stands and where Kings College, the forerunner to Aberdeen University, was founded by Bishop Elphinstone in 1495.
Today, quaint Old Aberdeen, where cobbled roads still run through the heart of the area, is one of Aberdeen’s favorite hidden gems. Step back in time as you visit the historic sites mentioned above and walk through the characteristic Chanonry before visiting the Cruickshank Botanic Garden. Discover the University of Aberdeen Zoology Museum and make some time to also appreciate the old perfectly blended with the new as you admire the architecturally distinctive Sir Duncan Rice Library. Finally, go on an adventure through Seaton Park and visit the Brig o’ Balgownie, believed to date back to the late 13th or early 14th century.
Depart the pier for a scenic bus drive along the highlights of Aberdeen. Enjoy a guided walking tour and some free time in Old Aberdeen, before the bus will take you back to the ship.
Starting time: 2 PM
Duration: around 3 hours
Activity level: 2/5