Aberdeen and How to Get Here

The conference will be set amidst the picturesque campus of King’s College at the University of Aberdeen.  Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen, the University of Aberdeen is the third oldest university in Scotland and the fifth oldest in the UK. Steeped in history, the University has many notable alumni including Thomas Reid, Nan Shepherd and, indeed, MacDonald himself.

Getting to Aberdeen

Despite being located in a remote North-East corner of Scotland, Aberdeen is well-connected with the rest of the UK and the European continent, and the city can be reached by air, rail, car or bus.

The region is well connected globally with daily flights to all major cities including London, Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam.  The international airport also has many direct routes to most UK cities as well as many European destinations.  Aberdeen International Airport is roughly six miles from Aberdeen city centre and, while the city centre is a short taxi-ride from the airport, there is a reliable bus service from the airport to the city centre.

Aberdeen railway station, located in the city centre, has frequent fast and reliable services to and from major cities. Travel on one of the hourly trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh or use the east coast line to travel from cities such as York or Newcastle.  Aberdeen can also be reached overnight from London on the Caledonian Sleeper.

Aberdeen is approximately a 2.5-hour drive from Edinburgh, and the carriageway of the A90 is duelled all the way to Aberdeen.  Additionally, there are frequent bus links between most major UK cities and Aberdeen, though journey time by bus can be exceptionally longer.

The surrounding scenic coastal, mountain and woodland landscapes of Aberdeenshire are accessible by public transport, taxi or car.  Please visit http://visitabdn.com/ for more information about the region.

Getting to the University

The University of Aberdeen is located slightly out-with the city centre in the historic location of Old Aberdeen.  While this can be traversed on foot in about half an hour from the city centre, there are frequent bus services from the city centre to the University campus.

The city has two main bus service providers, First and Stagecoach. The number 1, 1A, 2, 20 and X40 First buses run approximately every 7 minutes, and can be boarded at many different parts of the city.  The number 60, 61, 62, 63, 67 and 68 Stagecoach buses run regularly from Union Square bus station, stopping at King Street next to the university campus.

For a useful map of the campus and the surrounding city, please visit http://www.abdn.ac.uk/about/campus/maps/