Aberdeen

Aberdeen's economic welfare is inextricably linked to the UK's oil and gas industry. Despite the industry taking a hit in recent years, meetings and events in the Granite City remain popular, writes Benjamin Coren

Aberdeen

WOW FACTOR
Elphinstone Hall, University of Aberdeen
Address: 110 High Street, Aberdeen AB24 3HE
Tel: 01224 272660
Web: abdn.ac.uk/confevents
The University of Aberdeen’s Elphinstone Hall is one of the most stunning venues available at the University. Suitable for events of varying sizes, the Linklater Rooms, are a unique space. Hall rates start from £950, with extras such as catering and AV support charged at additional costs. Capacity ranges from 250 to 400 and the minimum number of guests is 80.

QUIRKY VENUE
Gordon Highlanders Museum
Address: St. Luke’s, Viewfield Road, Aberdeen AB15 7XH
Tel: 01224 311200
Web: gordonhighlanders.com
This unique and historical venue is packed with regimental treasures, making it an unusual setting for dinners, conferences, board meetings and receptions. The museum auditorium can accommodate up to 80 delegates and the conservatory and tea room can seat 50 people. Various catering arrangements are available. Day delegate rates start from £32.50. The smaller the group, the higher the rate.

ON A SHOESTRING
The Aberdeen Altens Hotel
Address: Souterhead Road, Aberdeen AB12 3LF
Tel: 01224 379240
Web: aberdeenaltenshotel.co.uk
This modern hotel is conveniently situated in Aberdeen’s Training District. It features 12 contemporary meeting rooms for one-toone meetings or conferences for up to 400 delegates. There is free parking for up to 300 cars and free wifi for all delegates. Tailor-made event packages are available. Day delegate rates start from £25.

SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Society of Advocates
Address:
Concert Court, Broad Street, Aberdeen AB10 1BS
Tel: 01224 640079
Web: socofadvocates.com
The private members’ library is an excellent location for meetings and meals in the centre the city. The venue can accommodate a maximum of 50 delegates at a time. The use of facilities during normal office hours is £50 for the first hour and £30 per hour thereafter. Outside office hours and up to 10pm a surcharge of £10 per hour is levied and after 10pm the rate is £60 per hour.

WIRED UP
Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre
Address: Exhibition Avenue, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AB23 8BL
Tel: 01224 824824
Web: aecc.co.uk
The versatile Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) is suitable for any number of events from meetings to large exhibitions. The venue has 20 meeting rooms that can be adapted for numerous purposes. Parking, wifi and catering packages are available. Day delegate rates start from £40.

OUT OF TOWN
Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course
Address: Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire AB51 0AE
Tel: 01651 872294
Web: meldrumhouse.com
Meldrum House is located 30 minutes' drive from Aberdeen and offers three options for conference facilities. The Ballroom can hold up to 200 delegates theatre-style or 160 caberet-style. The Boardroom is suitable for up to 10 delegates and The Stables operate as a purpose-designed conference centre suitable for 32 in boardroom layout or ten people theatre-style. Enquire for DDRs.

GETTING THERE
Aberdeen is well connected with an international airport and rail links. The airport is located six miles from the city centre and there are daily flights to all three major London airports, plus the likes of Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris. The railway is right in the heart of the city and has regular connections to nearby Scottish cities. Aberdeen can also be reached overnight from London on the Caledonian Sleeper. By road, Aberdeen is around 2.5 hours from Edinburgh or Glasgow.

FURTHER INFORMATION
Contact tourism executive Gemma Cruickshank at Visit Aberdeenshire: Tel: 01224 900494; Email: gemma.cruickshank@ visitabdn.com; and see visitabdn.com. Visit Aberdeenshire offers venue and accommodation booking as well as help planning social programmes.