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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. 


Jewellery, gifts and homeware await in this quirky shop nestled on the bustling Belmont Street. Whether you're looking for a Scottish themed gift to bring home, or the perfect necklace for your loved one, you'll find something unique in this popular Aberdeen store. If you're visiting a distillery while in the area, consider buying a stunning set of Glencairn glasses set in a holder crafted from a genuine vintage whisky barrel. www.juniperaberdeen.co.uk

Look Again, Aberdeen's festival of visual art and design, is held from 27 April-1 May. Bringing together visual art, design and architecture, it allows locals to become tourists in their own city and visitors to discover hidden intricacies in the Granite City. Showcasing work from acclaimed Scottish and international artists, the festival will take over the city centre with a thought-provoking series of exhibitions and installations. www.aberdeenfestivals.com/our-festivals/lookagain

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