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.
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
Shop at KAFKA, an independent retailer with two stores in Aberdeen. Founded by two brothers who wanted to bring a special collection of high-end clothes to the city, both stores offer high quality men and women's clothes, sourced from around the world. www.kafka.co.uk
To find a unique gift that you just can't buy anywhere else visit Cloudy Blue in the trendy Rosemount area of Aberdeen, just a short walk from the city centre. From stuffed dinosaurs for the wee ones to amazing art prints, there's something for everyone in this local Aladdin's cave of curiosities. www.facebook.com/cloudyblue.aberdeen
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
Go to the Aberdeen Jazz Festival, which attracts an impressive host of world renowned jazz performers. As part of the festival, a free one-day outdoor event, Jazz on the Green, takes place in the Aberdeen's Merchant Quarter. This fills the area with a great atmosphere, with a large outdoor stage and a number of performances inside local bars, cafes and restaurants. www.aberdeenjazzfestival.com
One of Aberdeenshire's most famous exports, Cullen Skink is a hearty soup made with haddock, potatoes and milk. Celebrate the finest recipes for this iconic dish at the 4th annual Cullen Skink World Championships on 22 November. Held in the village of Cullen, chefs and home cooks will battle it out in two categories: Traditional, and Cullen Skink with a Twist. www.discovercullen.com/cullen-skink-world-championship.php