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City of Granite Roses
Aberdeen, Scotland’s third largest city and Europe’s offshore oil capital, is the regional capital of the Grampian Highlands in the north east of Scotland. Widely known as the ‘Granite City’, the austerity of the grey stone is softened by year-round floral displays in the public parks and gardens, the Duthie Park Winter Gardens being the largest in Europe.
Aberdeenshire is home to 268 castles, 8 whisky distilleries, 165 miles of coast and 55 golf courses, meaning that you will always find something to explore.
Shopping and Entertainment
Aberdeen is home to the new Union Square shopping centre. The centre has plenty of shops including all your usual high street stores. However Union square isn’t just for shopping, there is a cinema and over 20 restaurants for you to enjoy.
West of Aberdeen, in a magical world of heather moorland, rolling hills and densely wooded valleys, lies a staggering number of castles and ancient strongholds, the most famous being Balmoral, the summer home of the Royal Family. Images of Balmoral Castle, Crathie Church, and the Braemar Highland Gathering are known world over, and you can follow in the footsteps of the Royal family past and present by taking the Victorian Heritage Trail.
The stretch of road is an exhilarating run along cliff tops. The dramatic coastal scenery can be further enjoyed travelling north following the Coastal Trail. Hugging the coastline, you’ll find gusty, spectacular seascapes, rich seabird and marine life, and the enduring fascination of working harbours, fish markets, and museums dedicated to maritime history. Following the coast westwards, along miles of red sandstone cliffs that spill down to fine sandy beaches, is the former Pictish province of Moray. This province extends south into the Cairngorm Mountains offering some of the grandest landscapes in Scotland
The unpolluted waters are also favoured by the producers of malt whisky, for half of all Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries are to be found in the surrounding glens. There are seven malt whisky distilleries in and around Spey Valley which are part of Scotland’s Whisky Trail. The Glenlivet Distillery, the first distillery to be licensed in Scotland, as well as Glenfiddich, Strathisla, Glen Grant and others all have excellent visitor centres and offer a ‘wee dram’ at the end of their tours.
With festivals such as the Scottish Boat Festival, Foodie Festivals and numerous music festivals there are things to do all year round. Check out the link below to see a full schedule of events this year.