Aberdeen International Airport is one of Scotland's five major international airports. It is located at Dyce, a suburb in Aberdeen, Scotland in the United Kingdom, approximately 11 kilometres northwest of the Aberdeen city centre. The airport handles roughly 3.7 million domestic and international passengers annually, with one main passenger terminal serving both scheduled and charter holiday flights. It also has three terminals for North Sea helicopter operations and a small terminal dedicated primarily for oil company charter flights in the region. Aberdeen airport is the main hub for BMI Regional and Eastern Airways and is the main heliport for the Scottish offshore oil industry.
What to see & do
A port city in the northeast of Scotland with a booming offshore petroleum industry, Aberdeen is home to an international population that prides its city for its list of attractions and activities. The city is often referred to as "The Flower of Scotland" for its picturesque parks and gardens such as the Cruickshank Botanic Gardens. See the striking towers of St. Machar's Cathedral, believed to be once a site of a Celtic chapel built by St. Machar as far back as 581 AD. Have a stroll through Seaton Park and cross the Brig o'Balgownie - Scotland's oldest bridge - built in the 13th century and restored in 1605. Plenty of museums and galleries are to be seen including the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, the Aberdeen Art Gallery, Provost Skene's house (now the oldest standing residence in Aberdeen), and the city's oldest building that now houses a museum, the Castlegate and The Mercat Cross. Make sure to dedicate ample time to visit the important castles in Aberdeen and the Grampian mountains. Check if the Queen is home in the Balmoral Castle - Queen Elizabeth II's summer residence in Scotland. See the Crathes Castle for its classic Scottish baronial architecture, as well as the Fyvie Castle and its five towers. For an open-air exploration of the traditions and lives of Scotland's Highland clans, visit the town of Newtonmore to see the Highland Folk Museum, set amidst the splendid Cairngorm Mountains. Cairngorm Mountains itself is a must-see as it is Britain's largest and tallest mountain range that is home to the country's vast native forests and wildlife which makes it a popular spot for hikers and skiers seeking solace and adventure. For those travelling with children, do not miss the Satrosphere Science Centre for a fun and hands-on experience.
How to get around within Aberdeen
There is a dedicated no. 727 bus service (the blue “JET”) departing from the airport every 20 minutes going to the main bus and rail station in central Aberdeen. Bus services and companies include Stagecoach Bluebird and First Aberdeen stationed just outside the airport. First Aberdeen buses do not carry and give out change so make sure to hand out an exact amount of fare money. The Dyce rail station is a short bus ride from Aberdeen International Airport and has trains running between the station, airport, heliport, and Kirkhill industrial estate every 20 minutes. Once already in Aberdeen, it is easy to explore the high street and other attractions on foot as the centre is compact. Taxis are also available around the city centre. However, night taxis can be hired only at designated posts after dark.
How to get there
There are more than 20 airlines flying to and from Aberdeen International Airport, mostly serving other cities in the United Kingdom and major European cities. The busiest inbound and outbound airplane traffic is between London Heathrow Airport for the domestic and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for the international route.
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