Exploring Aberdeen

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Breathtaking Aberdeen Harbour - one of the cities must-see attractions

Specially for ‘It’s A Shoe Thing’, we’re asking our store teams to put on their favourite comfortable shoes for walking and spotlight their home towns, sharing their local knowledge with you. Hopefully you’ll be inspired to make a trip or two – and don’t forget to pop in to see them when you do, you’re guaranteed a very warm welcome!

 

We asked the Aberdeen store team to share their ‘must-see’ attractions and their Hotter picks with our customers and tell us a bit more about their sparkling town.

Did you know…? Aberdeen is otherwise known as ‘The Silver City with the Golden Sands’ thanks to its granite buildings that sparkle in the rain and the beautiful beach.

Places To Visit In Aberdeen

The Beach

Walk along the beach and you’ll discover beautiful golden sands, cafes, restaurants , a cinema and retail park! We recommend Leanne when visiting the beach, the arch support and underfoot cushioning is second to none and the uppers are so soft.

Aberdeen Beach

His Majesty’s Theatre and Union Terrace Gardens

This magnificent theatre was built in 1906 and is the largest theatre in North East Scotland with capacity for 1,491 people.  The theatre is open all year round with performances from the Scottish Ballet, opera, local theatre groups, pantomimes and national West End tours.

From the theatre you can enjoy the beautiful views of Union Terrace Gardens. The sunken gardens opened to the public in 1879, and cover approximately two and a half acres . The gardens are used for occasional concerts as well as leisure activities and relaxation.

His Majesty’s Theatre/Union Terrace Gardens

Duthie Park

This beautiful park covers 44 acres and first opened to the public in 1883. There’s lots to do and see in the park, from boating in the ponds to cricket on the lawns. Within the park you’ll also come across Winter Gardens, which houses the largest collection of cacti in Britain.

Duthie Park. Photo credit: https://www.visitabdn.com/

Old Aberdeen

Old Aberdeen is the medieval part of the city, housing St Machar Cathedral as well as the University Of Aberdeen campus, founded in 1495 on the site of Kings College. The Old Town was formerly inhabited by monks and scholars and the New Town inhabited by traders.  The two towns joined together in 1891 to form what we know now as Aberdeen.

St Machar Cathedral has been a place of worship for many since 580A.D and is the only medieval granite cathedral in the world! Adjacent to the cathedral is Seaton Park, one of the most popular parks in the city. It has lots of open fields, children’s play areas, beautiful gardens and riverside areas perfect for picnics.

Old Aberdeen

Footdee

Stroll along the beach front and you’ll come across Footdee, a timeless fishing village, designed by architect John Smith, the man responsible for Balmoral Castle. When you walk through Footdee, you’ll notice all the cottages face inwards, this is to protect their inhabitants from any storms at sea.

Footdee. Photo credit: https://www.visitabdn.com/

Highlanders Museum

The world famous regiment, the Gordon Highlanders, are celebrated in this museum situated in Viewfield Road. Back in 1794, the 4th Duke Of Gordon founded the regiment and recruited soldiers by offering every new recruit a kiss from his glamorous wife Jean. Within the first month the regiment had more than 1,000 new recruits.

Trump International Golf Links

In Aberdeen, we love golf! We have our own 18 hole golf course owned by President Trump. Unfortunately in Aberdeen it’s difficult to find a golfing day without any rain, so we would recommend wearing one of our GORE-TEX® styles when playing golf. We love Mist in Smoke/Limestone, your feet will stay nice and dry, and in this neutral colour you can pair it with anything…even tartan!

Trump International Golf Links

Pittodrie Stadium

The stadium is home to 110 year old  Aberdeen Dons Football team, Shake in Crimson is perfect for a day out at the stadium when supporting the Aberdeen Dons Football team (red and white are the team colours), the whole city recently turned red and white to support the team in the Scottish Cup Final.

Pittodrie Stadium

Crathes and Dunnottar Castles

Both National Trust castles and on main public transport routes, the castles are spectacular and easy to get to with family in tow. Crathes Castle is less than 20 miles away from Aberdeen town centre and dates back to the 16th century. With a 595 acre estate and six trails there is always something to do.

Crathes Castle. Photo credit: https://www.visitabdn.com/

Equally impressive is Dunnottar Castle by Stonehaven, built on a narrow spine of cliff that extends into the North Sea. The castle was the hiding place for Scotland’s Crown jewels against Cromwell’s troops.

Dunnottar Castle. Photo credit: https://www.visitabdn.com/

The Harbour

Aberdeen Harbour is one of the longest established ports in the UK and one of 15 Scottish ports which make up the award winning Cruise Scotland initiative.  The harbour was also the ideal subject for documentary makers behind the acclaimed BBC TV series ‘The Harbour’.

Aberdeen Harbour

Shopping

Take a stroll down Union Street, otherwise known as the ‘Granite Mile’ and discover the Hotter store, amongst other well-known brands and local independent shops. The city has five different shopping centres for you to explore.

For a long day visiting the local shops we recommend sneaker chic style Daisy, when you step out in this shoe it feels like you’re wearing slippers, and the metallic soft silver shade is a gorgeous and stylish touch.

The Aberdeen Store Team

 

Pop in and say hello to the store team! You can find the store at 87 Union Street, Aberdeen, AB11 6BD.

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