Aberdeen Coat of arms and Flag

Aberdeen Coat of arms and flag

Aberdeen Coat of Arms

Aberdeen coat of arms

The coat of arms consists of three towers within a border, which are decorated with Fleur-de-lis, the three castle represent the three buildings that stood on the three hills of medieval Aberdeen, known as the Aberdeen Castle on the Castle Hill, the City gates on the Port Hill and a Chapel on St Catherine’s Hill. However only the Aberdeen Castle stands today and St Catherine’s Hill was levelled out.

There are two supporter leopards, one on each side, with their faces, facing towards the viewer, According to the Legends, the two beasts were granted by James I as a gesture of thanks to the burgh for underwriting his expenses while he was help captive in England.

The Motto on the coat of arms “Bon Accord”, means “Good Agreement” In French, It is said that its use dates back to the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th Century, When Robert the Bruce and his Soldiers laid siege to Aberdeen Castle and before destroying the castle in 1308 and taking back Aberdeen from the English.

The Coat of arms were granted on July 29th, 1996 however the city seals were about before the 15th century.

 

Flag of Aberdeen 

Aberdeen City Flag

The Flag of Aberdeen dates back to the 15th century if not before, with three towers represting the three hill tops of Aberdeen and decorated with fleurs-de-lis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 things to do in Aberdeen

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Aberdeen in the northeast port city in Scotland, it lies where Dee and don rivers meet, the city is known as the ‘Granite City’ due to its enduring grey stone buildings, the city is full of rich history and one of the major city of Scotland.

Due to its connection with the northern Sea, Industries such as fishing, shipbuilding and textiles has been a massive economical boost but its been oven taken by the oil industry and the seaport, its one of the busiest heliports in the world.

Total sights and places to visit in Aberdeen

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We have listed our favorite and most visited sights and attractions in Aberdeen

 

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

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The Museum tells a story about the Aberdeen’s relationship with the sea and how it has become a successful and prosperous city, the unique collections involves shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and port history, what makes this museum unique it’s the only place in the united kingdom where you can see displays on the north sea oil and gas industry.

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The Gordon Highlanders Museum

About The Gordon Highlanders Museum

The Gordon Highlanders museum celebrates the story of the Gordon Highlanders through history that spanned for 200 years, from the 1794 to 1994, the museum contains medals, uniforms, weapons and also more modern exhibition’s like photographs and videos room

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Balmedie Country Park

about Balmedie Beach

Balmedie is a beach located 5 miles from Aberdeen, it’s a flat and sandy beach and sand dunes on the rear of the beach, you can find path walks going from the car park through the dunes to the beach area.

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St Machar’s Cathedral

about St Machar's Cathedral

St Machar’s Cathedral was the seat of the bishop of Aberdeen, around 1131, However the Bishop Nechtan moved from Mortlach to Dufftown, It’s located to the north of the city center, in the former burgh of Old Aberdeen. King David the first, transferred the see of Mortlach to Aberdeen, making the church a cathedral.

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Craigievar Castle

photo of Craigievar Castle

Craigievar castle is an iconic tower house it’s one of the best preserved castles in Scotland, the castle is styled in the Baronial style in 1576 and was finally completed in 1626.

The stunning castle house has Sempill and the Forbes family resided here for around 350 years until the 1963, the property was given to the national trust of Scotland, to keep preserved.

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Linn O’ Dee

photo of Linn O' Dee

The Linn of Dee is a beautiful place with waterfalls, pine trees and stunning Gothic style bridge that was built in the 1857 and opened by the Queen Victoria, the river that runs though is a 300 metres that runs from the natural gorge carved.

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Johnston Gardens

Johnston Gardens

Johnston Gardens is a stunning and peaceful garden park, located in Aberdeen, and has won the Britain in Bloon competition many times, which makes this location a must see in Aberdeen.

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Bullers of Buchan

Bullers of Buchan

The cliffs are known as ‘the pot’ due to its circular formation, it’s about 30 meters deep and the sea rushes in through a natural archway.

You can find a lot of wild life in the cliffs at the Bullers, such as sea birds, kittiwakes, puffins, shags, razor-bills and a few others, it’s known to be a nesting sites for this birds during spring.

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The Tolbooth Museum

photo The Tolbooth Museum

The Tolbooth Museum is located in one of the oldest Aberdeen’s buildings, the museum has displays of the local history, development of crime and punishment, that happened through the years between the 17th and 18th century, still has the original doors and barred windows.

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Slain’s Castle

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The castles core is a 16th century tower house, however it now requires a restoration but been on hold since 2009, the last time the castle had a significant reconstruction was back in 1837, when it was built by Scots Baronial mansion, it had three extensive gardens.

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25 Amazing Fact about Aberdeen

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Fun & Interesting Facts About Aberdeen

  1. The first stern trawler was built in Aberdeen.

  2. The local people sometimes speak in a dialect called Doric, They are called Aberdonians.

  3. Aberdeen used to be known as the energy city because of its booming offshore oil industry.

  4. The Aberdeen area has the largest number of whiskey distilleries of any whisky producing area in Scotland

  5. Aberdeen has the busiest civilian heliport in the world.

  6. Charles Cameron from Aberdeen designed many buildings in St Petersburg during the reign of Catherine the Great.

  7. More medieval coin hoards have been found in Aberdeen than anywhere else in Britain.

  8. Aberdeen is called the “Silver City by the Golden Sands”.

  9. Planted in 1935, the maze in Hazlehead Park is Scotland’s oldest.

  10. There are over 30 places named Aberdeen throughout the world, Towns and cities called Aberdeen can be found in Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and South Africa.

  11. Sir David Gill, who took the first photograph of the moon in 1868, was born in Aberdeen.

  12. Union Street is named to commemorate the Union of Britain and Ireland.

  13. The self-seal envelope was developed in Aberdeen.

  14. Patrick Gordon from Aberdeen was the principal military instructor of Peter the Great of Russia.

  15. Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire have over 52 golf clubs, one for every week of the year.

  16. The Aberdeen Journal, one of the Press and Journal’s ancestors, is one of the oldest newspapers in Britain, first printed in 1748.

  17. The National Lottery has produced more than 40 millionaires in Aberdeen alone, making the city one of Scotland’s luckiest postcodes.

  18. Sir Winston Churchill was granted the Freedom of the City of Aberdeen in 1946.

  19. The Tolbooth Museum is one of the best preserved 17th-century jails in Scotland.

  20. The First ever seated stadium was Pittodrie Stadium.

  21. Aberdeen Harbour is one of the best locations for dolphin.

  22. Aberdeen is home to Scotland’s largest permanent funfair.

  23. The Robert Gordon University launched the UK’s first-degree course in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

  24. Aberdeen Harbour Board, established in 1136, is Britain’s oldest business.

  25. The Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen has produced 3 Nobel Laureates.

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Slain’s Castle

Slain’s Castle

Slain’s castle is a ruined castle in Aberseenshire, Scotland, the castle overlooks the North Sea, just 1 kilometer from the east of cruden bay.

The castles core is a 16th century tower house, however it now requires a restoration but been on hold since 2009, the last time the castle had a significant reconstruction was back in 1837, when it was built by Scots Baronial mansion, it had three extensive gardens.

Built: after 1597
Built for: Francis Hay, 9th Earl of Erroll
Rebuilt: 1836–1837
Architect: John Smith

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Opening Hours

All Hours

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No Facilities however a village and few stopping stations close by

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Location

A975
Cruden Bay
Peterhead
AB42 0NE


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The Tolbooth Museum

the Tolbooth Museum

The Tolbooth Museum is located in one of the oldest Aberdeen’s buildings, the museum has displays of the local history, development of crime and punishment, that happened through the years between the 17th and 18th century, still has the original doors and barred windows.

The Tolbooth Museum can be traced to 1873 when John Forbes White and a number of local art collectors decided to hold a public exhibition to display their collections. Tolbooth opened in 1995. One of the oldest buildings in Aberdeen, which includes 17th-century gaols, this museum traces Aberdeen’s civic history, including the history of crime and punishment. The museum is small in size, however, has a lot of history packed in it.

the Tolbooth Museum

Telephone:  +44 (0) 1224 621167 | Official Website |

How To Get There

  • The nearest Train station is the Aberdeen Station only Five Minutes away.
  • The nearest Ferry Terminal is the Aberdeen Ferry Terminal 22 minutes away.
  • The nearest bus stop is the ‘Castle Street (Stop J2)’ bus services: 1A, N1, 40, 18 and the bridges1 and the bridges 2 stop here.

Admission

Free Entry

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Facilities

  • No toilets or a cafe available within The Tolbooth Museum, However, due to Aberdeen Maritime Museum being so close, you can use their facilities.
  • You can download the Museum Floor Plan Guide here: View Floor Plan

Location

The Tolbooth Museum, Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5BQ | Coordinations:  57.1480°N 2.0951°W

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Bullers of Buchan

Bullers of Buchan

The Name given to this sea cave is ‘Bullers’ which has two explanation on to why it was named ‘Bullers’ the first one is from the Scottish word, which means rushing of water and the French word ‘Bouillir’ which means ‘to boil’.

However the name ‘Bullers of Buchan’ which is given for the adjacent village and the collapsed sea cave, the village can be found about 6 miles south of Peterhead in Buchan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

You can find a lot of wildlife in the cliffs at the Bullers, such as seabirds, kittiwakes, puffins, shags, razor-bills and a few others, it’s known to be a nesting site for this birds during spring.

The cliffs are known as ‘the pot’ due to its circular formation, it’s about 30 meters deep and the sea rushes in through a natural archway.

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Opening Hours

Monday 24 Hours
Tuesday 24 Hours
Wednesday 24 Hours
Thursday 24 Hours
Friday 24 Hours
Saturday 24 Hours
Sunday 24 Hours

Facilities

Car park but no tourist facilities

Location

Coordinates: 57.433°N 1.821°W

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Johnston Gardens

Johnston Gardens

Johnston Gardens is a stunning and peaceful garden park, located in Aberdeen, and has won Britain in Bloon competition many times, which makes this location a must see in Aberdeen.

The garden is full with flowers and shrubbery, some of the things planted in the garden are spring bulbs, Healthers and alpines, the ponds that are well looked after are full of irises, mallard, Muscovy ducks and Aylesbury.

The Garden is very popular among bridal couples, due to the beautiful seriary and the beautiful photographs.

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Telephone: 01224 585310

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday 8:00 AM – until 1 Hour before dusk
Open All Year

Facilities

Children’s play area.

Toilets Opening Hours:

  • Toilets: 7.30 am to 4 pm (Monday to Friday in the summer time)
  • Toilets: 8 am to 4 pm (Tuesday to Friday in the winter time)

Location

Johnston Gardens, Viewfield Rd, Aberdeen, AB15 7XE | Coordinates 57°8′10″N 2°8′56″W

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Linn O’ Dee

Linn O' Dee

The Linn of Dee is a beautiful place with waterfalls, pine trees and stunning Gothic style bridge that was built in the 1857 and opened by the Queen Victoria, the river that runs though is a 300 metres that runs from the natural gorge carved.

You can also find a near by Shootings lodge, which has an amazing view of the Cairngorm Mountains.

You can find a large car park nearby, you can take a short walk to the falls, it’s very convenient.

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All year, daily

Open day at Lodge for non-residents on Easter Sunday, 10.00-16.00

Administration Charge Non-members: Free

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Contact Number: +44 1339 720164

Official Website: http://www.nts.org.uk

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7 Miles Beyond Braemar
Past Inverey on the Linn O’ Dee Road
Aberdeen, Scotland
AB35 5YB

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Craigievar Castle

Craigievar Castle

Craigievar castle is an iconic tower house it’s one of the best preserved castles in Scotland, the castle is styled in the Baronial style in 1576 and was finally completed in 1626.

The stunning castle house has Sempill and the Forbes family resided here for around 350 years until the 1963, the property was given to the national trust of Scotland, to keep preserved.

This stunning castle has an extensive parkland grounds with walk ways and glen gardens, can be visited by anyone any time, just not allowed to enter the castle without a tour guide.

Grading and awards

Scottish tourist board visitors attraction: 4 Stars

The green tourism award: Silver

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Grounds: All Year round

Castle Opening Hours: (Guided tours only)

1 Apr – 30 Jun, Fri-Tue 10.30-17.00 (last entry 16.10)

1 Jul – 31 Aug, Daily 10.30-17.00 (last entry 16.10)

1 Sep – 30 Sep, Fri-Tue 10.30-17.00 (last entry 16.10)

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Contact Number: 01339 883635

Email: [email protected]

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Craigievar
Alford
AB33 8JF

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Other Information

Walks at Craigievar Castle: Craigievar Trail.pdf

Official website: www.nts.org.uk/Visit/Craigievar

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