Be it Father’s Day treat, a stag do or just guys catching up with their mates for a weekend away, Aberdeen is a fantastic destination. Renowned for craft beer, whisky, golf, fishing, hiking, sport, good food and great bars this city combines some of the best experiences Scotland has to offer.
WHERE TO STAY Guys away together still need their space. At Skene House we provide apartments with hotel services. Each apartment comes with its own living room, kitchen and bathroom so guests can book a one bedroom apartment entirely to themselves. Or, to save costs, share a three bedroom apartment- this means you’ve got a kitchen and living room for hanging out, but at the end of the day you’ve got your own bedroom. This is generally more economical than multiple, single hotel rooms, it’s more of a group spirit, better facilities, and you’ve still got your privacy. Stay at the Holburn branch and enjoy a complimentary drink from our Honour bar, which you can access throughout your stay at any point. Our two short stay Skene House branches, Rosemount and Holburn, are ridiculously central, really handy for the railway station and bus links. We offer ample free parking if you choose to drive to us. And we’re ideally located for accessing the city’s bars, restaurants and clubs.
WHAT TO DO From Transition Extreme‘s climbing wall at the beach, great hiking trails, to some of the best golf clubs on the doorstep including Royal Aberdeen, the challenging Murcar Links, the riverside Peterculter Golf Club, and Newmachar Golf Club with the tough Hawkshill course and the more forgiving Swailend. It’s easy to get active in Aberdeen and shire.
As a coastal city you can channel your inner surf dude with lessons from Granite Reef. Their shop on the Green specialises in all the gear and street clothing for snowboarding as well as surfing, so it’s a great shop to drop into if you have time. The Green is also home to Hanon for the latest trainers and menswear, and Kenny’s Music, so the area’s a bit of a gem for specialist interests.
For cyclists there are mountain biking tracks or the 41 mile Deeside Way that runs the length of the old railway line from Aberdeen city out to Ballater in the Cairngorms National Park. The Bike Station in Ballater can organise bike hire drop off at Skene House and beCyCle rents out free bikes in the city.
The North East of Scotland is renowned for its water of life. Head on the Whisky Trail visiting distilleries and going on specialised tours and tastings. Get familiar with global brands such as Glenfiddich in Dufftown, explore the Highlands’ oldest distillery Strathisla in Keith, or visit the Speyside Cooperage where barrels are made by hand to traditional standards.
For entertainment check the listings of the Lemon Tree for a mix of music, comedy and drama. Ten festivals are running in Aberdeen this year, including a comedy festival in October, so check out our link to see which one appeals to you and your mates. And for jazz, head to the cosy pub The Blue Lamp.
WHERE TO EAT The range of restaurants in Aberdeen is extensive and known for its quality. For seafood try Bistro Verde on The Green, for curry consider Rishi’s on George Street, classy burgers can be found at Boozy Cow, traditional Thai is served at Bhan Thai on Rose Street, for Scottish cuisine visit our partner restaurant No.1 on Queen’s Terrace, classic comfort food is the calling card of our partner restaurant McGinty’s Meal an’ Ale, and if Italian is your preference try the generous portions at Rustico. If you fancy anything else just ask our 24 hr reception staff for recommendations.
WHERE TO DRINK Sometimes, with mates, you don’t want to do too much, just catch up and hear what’s been going on. Aberdeen boasts some globally recognised bars where you can relax with quality drink on tap. The first Brewdog bar opened in the city’s Gallowgate, there’s now a second bar on Union Street. 6 Degrees North offers a range of Belgian beers. The Grill on Union Street is no frills but it has an outstanding selection of whisky. CASC stands for Cigars, Ale, Scotch and Coffee: with its own walk-in humidor of cuban cigars, an extensive craft and world beer selection, over 500 scotch whiskies and syphon brewing methods for coffee, it’s a bit of a destination. Under the Hammer is another spot for low key chat with good company. Soul bar is a livelier destination for those setting out on a big night.
When you’ve explored, shopped, hiked, surfed, slurped and chomped, crash out at Skene House, and then start all over again the next morning, cos when the boys get together time is not to be wasted.
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