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Outdoor Activities in and Around Aberdeen

Aberdeen in Eastern Scotland is one of the UK's prime destinations for lovers of the outdoors. It's a great place to visit all year round with cycling, walking, fishing, beaches and much more to take in during the summer to balance out the great opportunities for snow sports in the winter. The city is served by Aberdeen Airport which makes it very accessible from all over the UK and Europe.

Winter Activities

Two of Scotland's five ski areas are found in the Aberdeen area catering to downhill and cross-country skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Glenshee is the UK's top ski centre with 2,000 acres spanning three valleys and four mountains. They have a total of 40 kilometres of trails. The Lecht Ski Centre is smaller and more focused at beginners and families. It's located in the CAirngorm Mountains, making it a great destination in winter or summer.

Cross-country skiers should head further north to the Nordic and Outdoor Centre for an all-weather experience on either snow or dry slopes. Or stick to the city and head to the Aberdeen Snowports Centre for dry slope boarding skiing, and tubing.

Summer Activities

Scotland is the birthplace of golf and well-known the world over for its amazing courses. The Aberdeen area is well known for its rich golfing history and world class courses can be found all around this region - over 50! Some courses of note include Hazlehead No. 1 (designed by Dr Alistair MacKenzie), the Royal Aberdeen (the sixth oldest course in the world), Fraserburgh (the seventh oldest) and the Braemer Golf Club which is the highest 18-hole course in Britain.

With the weather in Scotland being blustery at the best of times, heading to the beach might not be what comes to mind when you take a trip to the north of Scotland. But surfing here is one of the UK's best kept secrets, thanks to a good shore wind and 2 kilometres of beach. Kite surfers will also find the winds to be friendly.

If waves aren't your thing then head to the sheltered water areas for some great kayaking and canoeing opportunities. Experienced kayakers can find some white water and people who'd rather take it easy have plenty of calm waters to chose from in this area. Exploring any of the rivers Dee, Don, Deveron, Esk, Ythan or Spey in a canoe will make for a great day out. The Rivers Dee and Spey also have some intense white water rafting opportunities.

Aberdeen's rivers are home to some of the best salmon and trout fishing in the world and the area's rugged coastline offers up some fantastic sea fishing as well. The River Dee is considered the best spring salmon fishing river in the world and the River Don is thought to be one of the finest brown trout rivers in Europe.

As you can see, Aberdeen makes a great destination for outdoors enthusiasts any time of the year. If you're looking to get back to nature but stay close to a city, Aberdeen is an excellent choice.

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