You’ll find fairytale castles, a beautiful coastline, lively events and first-class golf courses on a trip to the Scottish city of Aberdeen.
Aberdeen is famed for its granite architecture which sparkles in the sunlight. From the Town House (a Neo-Gothic tower which pierces the city landscape) to the Marischal College and Museum (the second-largest granite structure in the world). There are plenty of cheap Aberdeen hotels in the heart of the city, where you’ll also find Provost Skene’s House. Entry is free and you can wander through its period rooms and discover how people lived in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Aberdeen has many vibrant festivals throughout the year including the Highland Games with its tug-of-war championships, pipe band competition, Highland dancing; and track and field events. Check out the community-organised Doric Festival which takes place in the autumn and is a celebration of the North East’s language, music and traditions. Or, head out to Portsoy (one of Europe’s oldest harbours) and discover the region’s nautical history at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.
The Spirit of Scotland
While you’re discovering Scotland’s traditions, Aberdeen is a great place to learn about the ancient art of Whisky production and sip single malts, pure malts and Scottish blends at some of Scotland’s famous distilleries. Try a tour at Glenglassaugh or GlenDronach Distillery, one of Scotland’s oldest working distilleries.
Art lovers should head to Aberdeen Art Gallery to see one of the finest art collections in Britain including 18th century portraits by Hogarth, Impressionist paintings by Monet and 20th century pieces by Francis Bacon. If your Aberdeen hotel is close to the harbour, it’s worth popping into Aberdeen’s Maritime Museum to explore the city’s relationship with the sea through its hands on exhibits.
If you love the outdoors, take a walk along the sweeping curve of golden sand that is Aberdeen Beach. Or, try your putting skills at Kings Links 18-hole golf course which runs parallel with the beachfront.
If you have time, you can venture out of the city to discover Deeside, an area that has captivated the royals for generations, since Queen Victoria and Prince Albert built Balmoral Castle as their Scottish retreat. To delve deeper into the region’s past, follow Scotland’s Castle Trail, taking in 17 impressive castles including striking cliff-top ruins and Highland estates.
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