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Aberdeen is a coastal city with a lot to offer. From miles of award winning beach to places to see dolphins to the indoor shopping centres and cosy pubs, there is something for everyone.

Coastal features include the beach, harbour, lighthouse, golf course and Footdee fishing village. These can be enjoyed in a pleasant walk along the shore south from the River Don.
Torry Battery, just south of the harbour, is a particularly special place in the city. It is a spectacular viewpoint for looking out over Aberdeen and to the Grampian Mountains behind it, or down to the harbour and along the shore. Perhaps most exciting are the bottlenose dolphins which can often be seen playing and feeding at the harbour mouth.
Things to see and do
  • Have fun on the Seaside Award winning beach
  • See the big ships at the bustling harbour
  • Surf, climb or paraglide!
  • Explore the fishing village of Footdee, tucked away below the Harbour Control Tower
  • Watch for dolphins and soak up the view at Torry Battery
  • Fish for mackerel or pollack in the summer (the red rocks on the path to south to Cove is a good place for this)
And if it’s raining…
  • Go shopping in one of Aberdeen’s indoor shopping centres
  • Discover Aberdeen’s relationship with the sea at the five star Maritime Museum
  • Get involved in hands-on science fun (adults and children alike!) at the Satrosphere
  • Bring the outdoors indoors at Transition Extreme where you can climb and ride and skate
  • Knock off a round of crazy golf or ten pin bowling at the Condona’s Amusement Park


Girdle Ness, Aberdeen (3.75km/2.25 miles)
Footdee and Aberdeen Harbour (4.75km/2.75 miles)


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