Adventures around Aberdeenwith PlusBus

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With a two mile stretch of sandy beach, two big rivers, a picturesque old town, a beautiful university and world-class churches and museums, Aberdeen is a great place to explore by bus. The buildings are made of grey granite with flecks of mica that glint on a sunny day so this is a city that sparkles. With a PlusBus ticket, you can ride to nature reserves, villages, gardens and galleries.

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  • Great for: architecture | Art Gallery | beaches | bird watching | food and drink | gardens | nature reserve |
  • Refreshments: lots of fabulous restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • Please note: researched/updated in December 2023 If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. Museums, gardens and a long distance path

    There are several great free museums, like the recently-refurbished Aberdeen Art Gallery, a short walk or bus ride from the railway station (check out our feature on car-free Aberdeen for more details).

    • Slightly further afield, in the city’s leafy west end, is the Gordon Highlanders Museum, with an armoury and rooms full of gleaming silver in the former home of Aberdeen painter George Reid (thanks to the museum for the photo above). Don’t miss the museum gardens, bursting in season with spring bulbs, summer shade or autumn colour.
    • Catch bus 4, bus 6 or bus 11, from the Music Hall, just round the corner from the art gallery or the railway station. Hop off at the bus stop called Viewfield Road to find the Gordon Highlanders.
    • The museum’s new café serves stacks of pancakes, soup with oatcakes, salad boxes and homemade scones. Walk it off afterwards in the photogenic Johnstone Gardens, with its waterfall, rockeries and Japanese-style bridges and maples.
    • A PlusBus ticket lets you travel out here – all the way to Peterculter (known as Culter), an area of farms and golf clubs, cafes and walks. Bus 19 runs frequently from Old Aberdeen, through the city centre, to Johnstone Gardens – another great sightseeing route! The bus stop Station Road East is close to the Deeside Way, a 40-mile route for walkers and cyclists, from Aberdeen to Ballater, a picturesque Victorian village in the Cairngorms national park.
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