The Business of Aberdeen
The sweeping views where the Dee and Don rivers meet the North Sea is the perfect location for a weekend away. But, in the fishing and shipping industries, the weekdays are hopping with business travelers eager to spend time in this lovely city. With a hopping pub scene, and lovely outdoor green spaces, it comes as no surprise that even working here feels more like a vacation. The traditional workday might make sightseeing difficult, but our top suggestions on where to stay, eat, and play will make it just a little easier to enjoy your downtime.
Where to Stay: You almost don’t even have to leave the airport to check into your hotel. The Moxy Aberdeen is a modern treat that caters to the discerning business traveler. With plenty of common space to spread out, as well as plenty of opportunities to socialize, this is a great choice for everyone. This boutique style accommodation is affordable, comfortable, and perfect for a pint or two. The staff is welcoming and friendly, and the drinks are flowing, creating such a vibrant and fun atmosphere that you might even forget the fact that you are working in the first place.
Where to Eat: Check out the Moon Fish Café set among the backdrop of Aberdeen’s Medevial Streets in what was once the merchant quarter. Seasonal produce and local flavors are the highlights of the menu, where flavor is infused with creativity to bring some spectacular and unique dishes. Mix and mingle with the local crowd, as you sample a cocktail from their extensive gin menu. The staff is very attentive, and great at picking wine parings to match your menu choices.
Where to Play: If you find yourself with half a day to kill, take a scuba lesson at the Aberdeen Watersports complex. Believe it or not, this Scuba center has been teaching certification courses in the local area for over 23 years. The Core94 group has tons of unique offerings for the adventurous type, from fieldsports to paintball, and watersports to fitness courses, this is the perfect way to get that blood flowing. If you prefer a more mellow way to spend the day, hit the trails, and treat yourself to the misty mountain forests just above the city. The Countesswells forest walk is highly regarded, and the 3km trail is easy to navigate, as well as easy in difficulty level.
Where to Learn: Check out the campus of the University of Aberdeen. It is pretty cool to learn the history from a place that has roots tracing back to its founding in 1495. With a consistently high ranking, and an affordable cost of living, it is no wonder that so many want to earn their degrees here. Representing over 120 nationalities, this research facility is leading the way in all sorts of fields. If nothing else, a stroll through the historic campus is enough to get those creative juices flowing. Aberdeen may not be the thriving business center of the larger UK cities, but it does have history, culture, and charm. Spending a few days here for work can seem more like a vacation, as you explore all this awesome city has to offer.
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