Torry Battery offers visitors the doubly intriguing prospect of exploring an important historical site, coupled with taking in the breath-taking views of the city and harbour.
The artillery battery is steeped in more than 150 years of history, having overlooked Aberdeen Harbour since 1860, and was used to defend the city in both the First and Second World Wars. Anti-aircraft guns were also installed during World War Two.
Homeless families lived at the battery following the war and it remained as housing until the 1950s. The Artillery itself was removed in 1956 but the site was restored in the 1970s. It is now an ancient monument.
If you’re lucky, a trip to Torry Battery may even enable you to spot some dolphins jovially splashing around in the North Sea. Visit between April and August to join RSPB Dolphinwatch for fascinating guided viewings.
Getting there and things you should know
Located to the south of Aberdeen, Tory Battery makes for a simple and interesting attraction to visit while in the city or surrounding areas.
Take a walk from Aberdeen Station along the River Dee and out towards the North Sea, or catch a bus from the city centre and you’ll reach Torry Battery in around half an hour. Alternatively, hop in the car and head up along the A92 from Stonehaven in less than 30 minutes.
There is free parking at Torry Battery too, for an added bonus. However, please be aware there are no toilets or café facilities at the site.
Things to see nearby
Being within such close proximity to Aberdeen city centre, there are plenty of activities within easy reach to keep the whole family occupied. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy a round at Nigg Bay Golf Course or Balnagask Golf Course, both just a short stroll from Torry Battery, while Girdleness Lighthouse – built in 1833 by Robert Stevenson – is also a popular visitor attraction.
Down the road, kids will love Jump In Adventure Park, or head into Aberdeen itself for museums, galleries and shopping.
For a closer view of the local dolphins in their natural habitat, you can take a cruise from Aberdeen Harbour.
Half an hour south along the coast, Stonehaven Beach is a popular resort, especially among watersports enthusiasts.
Places to eat and drink nearby
As a seaside location, Aberdeen naturally boasts a number of wonderful seafood restaurants that are a must for any fish lover, including The Silver Darling and Moon Fish Café. The city also has several highly regarded Indian restaurants and pubs and bars aplenty.
The city’s Brewdog bar is the flagship of the craft beer company and a must-visit.
The City of Aberdeen Distillery and Gin School perfectly combines an educational trip for gin lovers, plus the chance to try a few samples.
Did you know…
While in action, Torry Battery’s nine guns were so powerful, they were capable of attacking ships over 10 miles away out at sea.