Aberdeen Maps and Orientation

(Aberdeen, Scotland, UK)

Aerial photograph showing Union Street, in the city centreThe city of Aberdeen lies on the east coast of Scotland and is built on a series of hills with its centre on Castle Hill, St. Catherine's Hill and Windmill Hill, the sites of the original settlement and present day Old Aberdeen.
The River Dee and River Don enclose the city, as well as its ancient harbour and port. Backing the city are the Cairngorm Mountains and to the north-east are the Highlands, the ancient home of the most traditional of the Scottish clans.

Many smaller towns and villages surround Aberdeen city, set in open countryside and being mainly agricultural in origin. Granite outcrops to the north-east of the city provided the building material for its grand and not so grand homes and mansions for over 200 years, until 1971, when the quarries finally closed and concrete took over. On the northern coast of Aberdeenshire's peninsula is the Moray Firth, with its spectacular deep inlets carving into the highland scenery, and to the south-west is the city of Dundee.

Maps and Orientation of the City

Historically Aberdeen evolved as two distinct districts, Old Aberdeen - close to the harbour and the site of the original ancient town, and New Aberdeen - home to more recent developments. The centre of the city is Union Street, a broad boulevard lined with attractive but modernised 19th-century buildings. Union Street runs for a mile and joins Castle Street at the beginning of Old Aberdeen. Of note, several important districts including the Royal Burghs of Woodside and Thorry lie on the southern bank of the Dee.

The city has a somewhat confusingly random layout in both sectors, but comprehensive pedestrian maps are available at many places of interest. These maps also give details of buses travelling between sites of interest and mark the bus stops. The city's main shopping areas are in its centre, along Union Street, and around the university in Old Aberdeen, with its breathtaking medieval King's College buildings.

Map of the United Kingdom

United Kingdom map

Map of Scotland

Scotland map

Map of Aberdeen

Aberdeen map