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.
Looking for a unique gift for someone special? The Aberdeen Antique Centre boasts a range of unusual items, from exquisite items of furniture to ancient books and everything in between. There really is something for everyone in this Aladdin's cave of historic delights (South College Street, AB11 6JX).
Nestled in the heart of the exclusive Rosemount area of Aberdeen city centre, Pebble is an independent gift and art shop specialising in local and Scottish designers. From jewellery and beauty products to stationery and original artworks, its shelves are packed with unique curios and potential gifts for someone special, or even yourself (198 Rosemount Place, AB25 2XQ, pebbleshop.co.uk).
Those with a sweet tooth must visit Humbug, a charming old-fashioned sweet shop just a short walk from the city centre. Jars of retro sugary treats line every wall in sight, bringing back memories of days gone by. Be sure to try a Lucky Tattie, a traditional Scottish sweet coated in cinnamon. It's also the perfect place to pick up a scoop or two of delicious Simpsons of Buckie ice cream (181 Rosemount Place, AB25 2XP, humbugaberdeen.com).
A step above the rest, Hamish Munro, a boutique clothing and footwear store, is an independently owned gem in the affluent West End. With 25 years' experience and an abundance of high-fashion items, this is a one-stop shop for any special occasion (19 Thistle Street, AB10 1UY).
If you want to see some of the finest art in the region, look no further than Aberdeen Art Gallery. Featuring touring exhibitions alongside permanent displays, it proudly shows off the best in art and photography (Schoolhill, AB10 1FQ, aagm.co.uk).
For an unforgettable experience this New Year's Eve, visit Stonehaven for the annual Fireballs Festival. Located just outside of Aberdeen, the coastal town comes alive every Hogmanay with the light of hundreds of fireballs being swung through the air by locals, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the country. This year's celebration also includes an appearance from legendary Sheffield band The Human League. stonehavenfireballs.co.uk
Experience Scottish culture first hand at the Aboyne Highland Games, a traditional Highland Gathering in the village of Aboyne on 2 August. Held annually for over 140 years, it features amazing feats of strength, including the famous caber toss, as well as displays of traditional music and dancing. Admission is £10, payable on the day, and children under five go free. aboynegames.com
Scotland is set to raise a glass for the 15th year to Scotland's national drink at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. Thousands of visitors will travel from across the globe to attend the festival, which takes place on 1-5 May, in the heart of the world's best-known whisky region. Tickets are on sale now. spiritofspeyside.com