Live Entertainment

There is occasional live music on Fridays and Saturdays from 9.30pm always followed by a late night lounge DJ until 2.00am.

The crowd for the late night slots is an eclectic mix of professionals, musicians, international mature students and the over 25’s. The nights appeal to those who a appreciate a smart but relaxed venue and who are looking for a chilled hassle free night where they can mix with a fun loving, well behaved and friendly group of people.

 


Local Events & Trips

The Big Country
If you head for Braemar and Ballater it won’t be long after leaving Aberdeen that you reach some spectacular Scottish scenery – take the A93 to Braemar

Castles
Aberdeenshire and the East of Scotland is stuffed with magnificent castles . We suggest you look at the Tourist Board website or www.clansandcastles.com for more information and the Aberdeen castle tour. Here are a few

• Dunnottar Castle – above – A coastal ruin but a must for the picture album – two miles south of Stonehaven 15 miles south of Aberdeen.

• The big one – Balmoral – home to the Royal family – between Ballater and Braemar 50 miles east of Aberdeen

• Crathes – on the A93 – 3 miles from Banchory and 15 miles from Aberdeen takes just 30 mins by car – 45 minute tour of the castle and lovely grounds, adventure play ground, restaurant and nature trail

Walks by the Riverside

The Dee is only 5 minutes away from the hotel. For a ‘dog walkers’ riverside walk, head for the area called Bridge of Dee

If you follow the river out of town a bit further you can access river side walks in a quieter environment and on the right day these can be spectacular Great Train Journeys. Two of the worlds great train journeys are ‘Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh’ and Fort William to Mallaig. You can catch the train all the way or drive to Inverness ( 2 hours 15 mins ) and pick up the train

You will either see dark clouds and rain or eye bulging scenery you will never forget – On request the duty receptionist will pray for clear skies for you

Whisky Trails

You are no distance from some spectacular whisky distilleries with excellent visitor centres-well worth the trip if you have not seen one before

See the Visit Scotland website for more information on whisky trails. If you head for Forres on the A96 to Inverness you can see about 8 distilleries in a day . See the distilleries of Glenlivet, Cardhu, Glenfidich, Strathisla and Glen grant

Beaches & Coastal walks

The Beach
There is a traditional beach front 5 minutes drive away. It’s called the ‘ the beach’ complete with sandy beach, fun fairs, seas side cafes etc. On the two or three days a year that it’s warm enough, the bathers look more like sardines than the fish . However tempting it looks on a sun splashed day, do not enter the sea unless you want to die of hypothermia or be covered in an oil slick

Balmedie Country Park
Head down the A90 towards Peterhead & it’s on your right – about a 20 minute drive. It’s quiet and wild, there is easy parking, great walks, a links, beach and fantastic sandunes – ah unbridled happiness

Cruden Bay
This is our favourite beach where you can still get an ice cream and don’t have to wee in the sandunes – head up the A90 to Peterhead and turn right after Bridge of Don where it says A975 coastal route to Newburgh and Cruden Bay . Fab walks along the way. When you get there you will find a traditional small old fashioned seaside village – walk across the bridge to enjoy

Forvie Nature Reseve
A90 to Peterhead turn right where it says A975 coastal route to Newburgh and Cruden Bay. Pass through the village of Newburgh and just after you have crossed the bridge over the river Ythan there is a car park on your right.

Walk along the estuary footpath that will eventually take you to some movie set sandunes and a ‘ I want to live here’ beach. On the way you will see an abundance of wildlife

Cinemas

• Our newest and largest cinema complex is CINEWORLD – in the Union Square shopping centre across the road from the hotel

• Belmont is for culture vultures in Belmont Street off Union street – 5 mins walk – International films and a few main stream

• The Vue ( Lighthouse cinema ) is also 5 mins walk away near Market street – a city centre multi screen cinema on Ship Row

• CINEWORLD is at the beach – 10 screens – 5 minutes in a taxi

Concert Halls

The Music Hall
Is on Union Street. It’s the main city concert hall and has opera, orchestral, pop concerts and panto 01224 632 080

The Exhibition Centre
For the larger and more infrequent pop concert, head north on the A90 to Bridge of Don about 15 – 30 mins in the car/taxi

Galleries, Museums & Landmarks

All the Galleries & museums are free to visit

Provost Skene House
Period room settings in this 16 century town house at Guest row ( between Broad street and Flour mill lane)

The Art Gallery
Is in the city centre – 5 minutes walk on School hill. Cross Union Street and it is at the end of Belmont street

Castle gate
Originally an old market place. Castlelgate, at the far end of Union St is near the council’s administration centres. One day it should become the back drop to a thriving tourist area. For now it makes a good photo if you airbrush the adjacent flats out

Maritime museum
The city’s fantastic Maritime Museum is in Ship Row a two minute walk from the hotel

Golf – Public

Hazelhead golf course
Hazelhead Avenue
Tel 01224 321 830

Kings links golf course
Golf Road
Tel 01224 632 269

Cruden Bay
( Beautiful links location ) head up the A90 to Peterhead and turn right after Bridge of Don on to the A975
Tel 01779 812285

Parks & Gardens

1. Cruikshanks Botanical Gardens – The University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen’s well earned Botanical reputation is derived from these Park

2. Duthie Park
Is 5 minutes drive away at the banks of the Dee – good family park – Includes tropical glasshouse and Japanese garden

3. Chanonry
A lovely park in Old Aberdeen

4. Hazelhead Park
A family favourite 680 acres of lovely gardens – a maze, rose garden and fountains. The website also advertises a petting zoo ! – not sure about this one as it does say it’s a family park .

5. City centre Gardens
Cross Union Street & head down Union Terrace for some solitude in the heart of the city

Polar Bears & Penguins

Carry on north

Shopping

Currently there are five key shopping centres in Aberdeen.

Union Square
Aberdeen’s largest and newest shopping centre is Union Square. It opened in 2009 and is a one minute walk from the hotel with fantastic shops, 10 screen cinema and a dozen restaurant

Trinity Centre
The Trinity Centre is two minutes away & can be reached via Guild Street – it has a Debenhams & Argos

St Nicholas Centre
The St Nicholas Centre including Next, WH Smith, Body Shop is a smaller modern shopping centre thoroughfare just after Marks and Spencers

Bon Accord Centre
The Bon Accord Centre is the most modern indoor complex and is reached by walking through the St Nicholas Shopping Centre – has a John Lewis

Academy
The Academy shopping centre is modern but with independent shops and boutiques ( turn right off Belmont street ) it has 2 ok pubs and Thai restaurant

Theatres

Her Majesties Theatre
The main theatre and is 5 mins walk away on Rosemount Viaduct near Central Library
Tel 01224 641122

Lemon Tree
A more arty venue than the main stream Her Majesties. Just around the corner – Turn left at the top of Market Street on to King St and then left on to West North Street
Tel 01224 642 230

Aberdeen Arts Centre
Off Union Street – it’s on King Street. For amateur and small scale professional productions
Tel 01224 635 208