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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.
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).
First opened in 1883, Duthie Park is of great historical significance to Aberdeen. The original Victorian bandstand, situated in the middle of the park, is still regularly used today by busking musicians. Also contained within the park are The Winter Gardens, which are considered the largest covered gardens in Europe (Polmuir Road, AB11 7TH, +1224 522 000).
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