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Things to do in Aberdeen, Inverness and beyond


There is a wide range of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants to suit all tastes! Some bars do themed nights and weekly events such as salsa dancing and pub quiz!



We try to have a dinner or two per rotation (pandemic permitting) so we can socialise outside work – again, we are always looking for people to organise socials!

There is an annual mess ball as well as plenty of impromptu get-togethers and virtual activities such as quizzes. We have a paediatric trainee Whatsapp group, as well as groups for each 4/6 month rotation so no one gets excluded.

Sport and the great outdoors

There are plenty of sports facilities, and some do a discount for NHS employees (free access to the Aberdeen Sports village off peak with your university card which you can apply for if you are teaching medical students).

There is a paediatric football team who play on Tuesday evenings in Aberdeen.

There are hundreds of local walks and areas to explore including various parks and the beach.

There are designated cycle pathways:

As well as mountain biking trails:

Sailing, rock climbing, running...

Aberdeen and beyond

  • Nearby Stonehaven is a lovely seaside town with Dunnottar castle nearby, icecream (Aunty Betty’s is famously good) and an outdoor heated swimming pool open in the summer.
  • There is a whole coastline of beautiful beaches, and inland there are dramatic Grampian mountains and lochs to explore and enjoy on your days off....

Inverness and beyond

This page was last updated on: 29.06.2022 at 10.21