Considered a holiday in Scotland then Aberdeen could be the destination for you
Aberdeen is Scotland's diamond in the rough; a romantic city that has the countryside within reach but is also buzzing with modern night life, for those who know the right spots, it is a holiday destination with something for everyone.
The city is home to the country's largest national park and has an imposing coastline for visitors to explore. At different times of day, the view out over the water is dramatically different, equally impressive at nighttime or in the early hours of the morning.
Aberdeen's architecture is a fusion of striking granite builds, which belie the city's rich and extensive history. Meanwhile, over recent years modern buildings have also shaped the landscape, inspired by the local arts scene.
Visitors can reach Aberdeen easily by plane, as the Aberdeen-Dyce Airport is located seven miles from the city centre. With a range of international and domestic flights, the airport is also well-connected with bus routes into the city centre, while taxis are available and cost around 20.
Meanwhile, the railway station is located in the centre of town, next to the bus station and harbour, making it ideal for travellers on day trips wanting to access the thick of the action immediately. There are services to the south via Perth and northbound through Elgin. The three main operators are National Express, ScotRail and Virgin Trains.
Adventurous visitors can reach the city by boat, using Lerwick or Kirkwall harbours. Motorists can take th A90 road into Aberdeen or the A96. Visitors should research parking provisions before arriving.
There are also a number of local bus services running locally and around the UK.
Why Visit Aberdeen?
From fishing to shopping and dining in fine restaurants, Aberdeen has something for everyone.
The city has a plethora of cultural museums, from the Aberdeen Art Gallery, with its exhibits by Quentin Blake, to the Maritime Museum, which offers a unique insight into Aberdeen's industrial history with the ocean.
Aberdeen's distilleries give holidaymakers the chance to sample some of the local beverages, while the range of castles in the area is second to none. Tolquhon Castle, Huntly Castle and Ballindalloch Castle are all within easy travelling distance and well worth a visit.
The city also has a varied and developed range of retail opportunities for those wanting to burn a hole in their pockets