Information & Facts
Aberdeen's climate is highly changeable, like most of the United
Kingdom, although temperatures are moderated by its close proximity
to the sea. The average temperature is around 47°F (8°C), with
average lows of approximately 37°F (3°C) in winter and highs of
61°F (16°C) in summer.
The centre of Aberdeen is compact and easily explored on foot;
most sites are within walking distance of each other. The local bus
service (there are two different operators) is reliable, with many
routes departing from Union Street to destination all around the
city. The all-day ticket for around £3 is good value. Taxis are
readily available and are best booked in advance, especially at
night as they can be hard to come by after dark. Rail service is
limited within the city, but there are excellent routes connecting
Aberdeen to other cities.
English is the official language, though visitors will be
astonished by the variety of regional accents.
The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100
pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and
American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards
should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign
currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels,
however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks.
Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by
tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid
Aberdeen has a few worthy attractions to draw tourists into its
Highland embrace. The Maritime Museum and Aberdeen Art Gallery are
worth a visit to get the flavour of the local culture, while
picturesque Brig o' Balgownie and lovely Duthie Park are at their
best in the summer months, May to August. A little further afield
is the malt whisky trail of the Grampian Highlands, and Balmoral
Castle, one of the most magnificent castles in the British Isles.
Dress warmly while sightseeing in Aberdeen as the weather is
changeable throughout the year.
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last
Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).