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The Boys Are Back in Town in Aberdeen

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.

To discover more about Skene House’s leisure breaks click here. Call +44 1224 659 392 or email reservations@skene-house.co.uk for further information.

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24 thoughts on “The Boys Are Back in Town in Aberdeen

  1. Helen says:

    I love the idea of having an apartment, but with hotel services!

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Definitely the best of both worlds.

  2. I’ve never been to Aberdeen but it is always useful to know places to eat and drink before I go.

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      I always think it helps knowing where is good, which is exactly why we do this. Guests want to chill out rather than spend hours on google figuring everything out!

  3. This is really useful for men thinking of staying in the area, it sounds like there is so much to do

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Definitely. Lots of outdoor activities as well as good food and drink. There are several museums too if the weather’s not quite right or if folk just fancy a balance or a change.

  4. Bookmarking for when we go on our road Tripp. Thanks for all the info!!

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Cool. The bars and restaurants are great for girls too obviously!

  5. Kara says:

    Wow, Aberdeen sounds like a fab destination for a boys weekend

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Brewdog started out here so I think Aberdeen bars were quick to see that people wanted more options that a sports bar or traditional pub. There was definitely room for more.

  6. I would want to stay in an apartment with hotel services. That would be so cool.

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      It’s a really good mix. All the benefits of selfcatering with the luxury of a hotel.

  7. Sounds like it’s a fun weekend for the men. We have never been before but would love to visit.

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      We’ve written ‘girls weekend’ pieces before but felt it was time to highlight attractions and sights for Father’s Day and all the Stag Dos that are currently being plotted, hatched and lovingly put together 🙂

  8. Not been to Scotland at all 🙁 but this looks like a fab range of activities

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      There’s so much going on that it’s hard to choose a selection to showcase, but we felt this would tie in nicely for anyone who’s active and likes to eat and drink well when visiting a city for the first time (whether they’re male or female!)

  9. Kizzy says:

    Great round up post. I’ve always wanted to visit Aberdeen but not made it there yet. I can’t believe Father’s Day is just around the corner.

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      This post does provide some ideas and inspiration for Father’s Day but the attractions, bars and venues highlighted would tempt most folk at any time of year.

  10. Aberdeen sounds like an awesome place for a stay over. I like the sound of the apartment with hotel services 🙂

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      It’s great for a girls weekend too, or for families, as you can have your own bedroom yet all the benefits and good atmosphere of shared reception rooms.

  11. Stephanie says:

    I’ve never visited Aberdeen, but it sounds amazing! Apartments with hotel services, wahoo!

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      It makes such a difference, everyone can hang out, yet have their own space when they need or want it.

  12. Anosa says:

    An apartment with a hotel service sounds right up my street and definitely loving the where to eat recommendations. I have not been to Aberdeen yet but hope to visit one day

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      We do love our food and drink up here so you’d be spoiled for choice.

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