Aberdeen

from £85.00

The Silver City with the Golden Sands Also known as the Granite City, Aberdeen has established itself as an unmissable shopping, dining and entertainment destination. As well as being home to the oil and gas sector, Aberdeen is the north east’s go-to spot for art, theatre, music and festivals. From the Aberdeen International Youth Festival and the Aberdeen Jazz Festival there's plenty to see and hear, while TechFest is north-east Scotland’s celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. And for fans of the Royal Family, the chance to travel to nearby Balmoral will prove irresistible. Sports enthusiasts can watch the famous Aberdeen FC play at Pittodrie Stadium before enjoying the golf and fishing opportunities in the area. If you’d rather spend your days in the shops than in the stands, then the city’s shopping centres will prove attractive. Union Square, the Bon Accord, St Nicholas and Trinity shopping centres offer plenty of variety, with brands such as Apple, Hollister and Zara having heavy presences. For a stunning example of its architecture, there is no better building to see than Marischal College, which sits in the heart of the city, just off Union Street. As a base to explore Scotland further, Aberdeen is an ideal hub. The nearby Cairngorm mountain range offers plenty of sporting, walking and sightseeing activities. Castle tours also operate from the centre of the city, giving you a chance to see the 17 different fortifications nearby, including Dunnottar and Tulquhon castles. Northlink Ferries sail from the city’s famous port out to the islands of Shetland and Orkney, whose geography, culture and people will woo you enough to ensure you’ll want a return visit.