|Location: 57° 09’ N 002° 04’ W|
|No. of Berths: 2|
|Berth details:||Clipper Quay, Max L.O.A. 160m. Depth: 9.0m|
Regent Quay, Max L.O.A. 120m. Depth: 9.0m
|Width of Ship: 26.0m|
|Anchorage Position:||57° 10’ N 002° 02’ W|
|Distance to Landing Stage: 2.5 NM|
|Tidal range/movement: Springs = 3.7m, Neaps = 1.8m|
|Town centre: 1km|
|Shuttle to town: No|
|Nearest airport: Aberdeen, 10km|
Aberdeen Harbour Board, 16 Regent Quay, Aberdeen, Scotland, AB11 5SS
T: +44 (0)1224 597000 F: +44 (0)1224 571507
Early contact with the Harbour Master for all cruise vessels is essential to discuss any tidal restrictions on proposed berthing dates.
The Port also has a secure landing stage for cruise vessel tenders wishing to land or collect passengers for larger vessels anchored out in the bay.
Aberdeen Harbour ISPS approved facilities with a range of support service companies for the Cruise Operators.
Aberdeen Harbour operates a compulsory pilotage service for vessels over 60 metres in length. One hour’s notice is required for pilotage.
Porpoises, seals, ducks and swans playing in the harbour are just part of the welcome committee for cruise ship visitors. The high environmental standards of Aberdeen City and Shire are noticeable from the moment the passenger reaches the port.
With a recorded history dating back to 1136AD Aberdeen Harbour has evolved through both trade and investment into a world-class port.
As a port-of-call for cruise ships and a major roll-on/roll-off ferry terminal, it handles around 140,000 passengers a year.
The following is a list of popular excursions that are available.
It should be noted that these details are not definitive but are intended to demonstrate the range of excursions and activities available to cruise passengers visiting Aberdeen as part of a cruise. Please note that, in many cases and with prior arrangement, half day tours can be combined to create full day itineraries
Shore excursions are normally pre-booked onboard via the cruise line concerned. Cruise Scotland cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of this information and all details and tour descriptions should be checked with the cruise line concerned.
4 Hours Haddo House
Unusual for Aberdeenshire in that it is not a castle, Haddo House is proud to be the most homely of the north-east of Scotlands great houses open to the public. Designed by William Adam for the 2nd Earl of Aberdeen in 1732, but refurbished in the 1880s, the House elegantly blends crisp Georgian architecture with sumptuous late Victorian interiors by Wright and Mansfield. Noted for its fine furniture, paintings and antiques, Haddo also boasts a delightful terrace garden with geometric rosebeds and fountain, commemorative trees, a lavish herbaceous border and secluded glades and knolls.
6 Hours Royal Lochnagar distillery
Royal Lochnagar distillery is situated on the south side of the River Dee close to Balmoral Castle. Age old traditions and craftmanship produce one of Scotland's most exclusive whiskies. A visit to Royal Lochnagar is a timeless experience. You can see the distillers tending to the traditional mashtun and gleaming copper stills. At the tour end your complimentary dram will confirm that Royal Lochnagar is a malt whisky worthy of the "Royal" prefix to its name.
6 Hours Balmoral Castle
Set amongst the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside, in the shadows of Lochnagar is the Balmoral Estate. Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, the Estate has been the Scottish Home of the British Royal Family ever since. The Estate extends to just over 50,000 acres of heather clad hills, ancient Caledonian woodland, policies and of course the beautiful River Dee is nearby. Over the past 150 years careful stewardship by the owners, The Royal Family, has preserved the wildlife, scenery and architecture which is available for all generations to enjoy. In her journals, Queen Victoria described Balmoral as "my dear paradise in the Highlands". We hope you will feel the same way about Balmoral once you have visited this most special place.
4 Hours Castle Fraser
The most elaborate Z-plan castle in Scotland, and one of the grandest Castles of Mar, Castle Fraser was built between 1575 and 1636 by the 6th laird, Michael Fraser, and was the supreme work of two great families of master masons, Bell and Leiper. The castle belongs to the same period of native architectural achievement as two neighbouring castles, Crathes and Craigievar, both owned by the Trust. One of its most evocative rooms is the strikingly simple Great Hall. The castle contains many Fraser family portraits, including one by Raeburn, and fine 18th- and 19th-century carpets, curtains and bed hangings.
2 Hours Aberdeen Maritime Museum
Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of the city's long relationship with the Sea. This award-winning museum is located on the historic Shiprow and incorporates Provost Ross's House, which was built in 1593. The Maritime Museum houses a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and port history. It is also the only place in the UK where you can see displays on the North Sea oil and gas industry. Aberdeen Maritime Museum offers visitors a spectacular viewpoint over the busy harbour.
4 Hours Pitmedden Gardens
The centre piece of this property is the Great Garden, originally laid out in 1675 by Sir Alexander Seton, 1st Baronet of Pitmedden. In the 1950s the elaborate floral designs were re-created under the guidance of the late Dr James Richardson; three of the formal parterres were taken from designs possibly used in the gardens at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh in 1647. The fourth parterre is a heraldic design based on Sir Alexanders coat-of-arms. On the 40-ha (100-a) estate is the Museum of Farming Life, Visitor Centre, herb garden, ponds and woodland walk. New Nature Hut with interpretation of the wider estate.