Cheap flights to Aberdeen
Aberdeen is a rich city that entices tourists with a rich mix of culture, flowering gardens and pretty spectacular surrounding mountain scenery. The ‘Flower of Scotland’ is one of the many terms that are used to describe Scotland’s third city Aberdeen. Known for its many outstanding parks and flowers that number into the millions, it wouldn’t be wrong to describe this city as one big scent-filled garden. And, while it might not be as famous as those two Scottish biggies Edinburgh and Glasgow, Aberdeen is still a class act that more than holds its own when it comes to entertaining its many visiting guests.
But the reason you’ll be visiting Aberdeen won’t be just because you like the smell of flowers now will it? You’ll be visiting Aberdeen because it is also the oil capital of Europe. The discovery of the black stuff in the North Sea in the 1970s transformed this city from a sleepy town into one of the richest cities in the UK. And all that oil money has been well spent creating a modern city that is rich in culture – just check out its many museums and galleries – it’s also overflowing with fantastic bars, restaurants and cafes. As you’d expect from a city that has deep pockets, Aberdeen likes to party and has started to give good old Edinburgh a run for its money in the festival stakes.
From music and theatre events to military shows and folk celebrations, you’ll find every kind of festival in Aberdeen.
It's undeniable: vinyl is making a huge comeback. Music lovers across the country are choosing to lose the downloads, and are dusting off their turntables for an analogue listening experience. Having recently moved into the city from a small store in Aberdeenshire, Maidinvinyl has quickly become the must-visit record store in town. Whether you're after a super rare record or just a copy of one of David Bowie's classics, they've got what you're looking for with a great mix of second-hand and new vinyl on sale. www.maidinvinyl.co.uk
On the hunt for a unique vintage memento of your time in Aberdeen? Peapod in the trendy Rosemount shopping area boasts a range of curios big and small, and is sure to house some treasures that you'll just have to bring home with you. From clothing to ornaments; cameras to vinyl turntables; Peapod's friendly staff will sift through their collections to find the perfect item for you. (www.facebook.com/PeapodAberdeen)
If you're looking for a unique gift or item of homeware to take home with you, look no further than Teasel and Tweed. Selling an eclectic mix of luxury items, including artworks, furniture and jewellery, all of Teasel and Tweed's products are sourced from Scottish designers and artists, and are either designed or made in Scotland. Also offering creative classes from wreath making to upholstery, the shop has certainly become a creative hub in Aberdeen. www.teaselandtweed.com
The rise in popularity of shows like the Big Bang Theory has proven one thing: it's cool to be a geek. So why not check out Asylum Books & Games, one of Aberdeen's best kept secrets. Whether you're looking for the latest in table-top gaming or comic books, this store has it all
along with an incredible back-catalogue of comics to spend hours searching through. www.asylum-booksandgames.com
In 2016, Aberdeen's Tolbooth, a historic prison, celebrates its 400th anniversary. As well as tours of the building which detail its history and infamous prisoners, a special exhibition entitled Tales from the Tolbooth' from January 25 onwards will reveal some of the rarer details about the city-centre attraction. Admission is free and more information can be found at www.visitabdn.com/whats-on/calendar/tales-from-the-tolbooth
Aberdeen's Christmas Village returns to Union Terrace this year from 25 November to 8 January as part of the city's Winter Festival. Festival shoppers can buy unique hand-crafted gifts and refreshments with a distinctly Scottish flavour from the German-style Christmas market, showcasing the talents of local craftspeople and producers. There's also an open-air ice-rink for all ages and carnival rides to keep the little ones entertained. In the evenings, the Aberdeen Christmas Village features live entertainment from some of the most talented performers from across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to be enjoyed alongside a warming mug of mulled cider.
While Aberdeen Art Gallery is closed for refurbishment, Drum Castle is home to some of the city's finest collections. Keeping art in the public eye while the gallery is closed, the Northern Lights exhibition features thought-provoking paintings, sculpture and digital media with a Scottish flavour. And, of course, the castle itself is an incredible feat of architecture: part Jacobean mansion, part medieval tower. www.nts.org.uk/Property/Drum-Castle-Garden-and-Estate/Drum-Art-Gallery
Springing up from the campus of the University of Aberdeen, the May Festival will see the finest minds in literature, music, science, film and food come together for a celebration of the arts like no other. Taking place from 27-29 May, visitors to the festival can meet and hear from some of the country's brightest sparks. www.abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival