Scotland’s third most populous city, Aberdeen is located on the north east coast of the United Kingdom, between the mouths of the Don and Dee Rivers. It’s known as the “Silver City by the Golden Sands” for its locally quarried granite buildings and gorgeous beaches. It’s a great spot to visit for its food, marine life, and sunny skies (at least by Scotland standards). There are excellent options for running in Aberdeen, from long distance rail trails to forest parks to treasures along the coast.
One of the best places to run in Aberdeen is the Esplanade path along Aberdeen City Beach, but the beaches to the north of the city, the beautiful Aberdeenshire Coastal Path, and a loop around Walker Park are also great seaside options. The long distance paths along the River Don, the River Dee, and the Formartine and Buchan Way likewise make great running routes. There are also plenty of parks and forests for running, including Hazlehead Park, Kincorth Hill, and Kirkhill Forest.
The public bus system around Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is the best way to get around, but the railway or a car may be useful for traveling longer distances. There are also taxis and plenty of paths for cycling – or running – wherever you need to go around the city.