Discover a variety of things to do in Scotland from vibrant city culture to its rich heritage. Explore vast landscapes from the epic coastline in beautiful Deeside. Here are five things you must see when visiting Aberdeen.
Wildlife lovers can find a varied selection of nature reserves across the area with many mammals and birds. Birdwatchers should take advantage of the National Reserve at the Sands of Forvie. You can spot varied habitats of river estuary and amazing sand dunes.
If you are lucky enough to spot eagles up close and personal, the Muir of Dinnet is the place to be. In this upland reserve, you can catch a glimpse of birch woods, foxes, bats, and many birds of prey. Eagles and falcons can all be seen along the miles of sign posted trails.
Aberdeen is a region that is bursting with unique flavors. In the northeast, you will discover an amazing selection of world class produce including Angus beef steak and fresh seafood. With some of the finest fresh seawater fish in the world, you will find many dairy produce and quality meats in Aberdeenshire. Enjoy ales and whisky, made locally by taking the tour behind the scenes in breweries and distilleries.
For a truly foodie experience with a difference, learn how to prepare the perfect meal at Nick Nairn Cook School and enjoy your hard work at the end. All through the year, there are programmes for food lovers including festivals and markets in Shire. Whatever your personal taste, you are guaranteed to have a great time.
Aberdeen is home to the most treasured cultural attractions. Explore the art galleries, visitor centres and venues at world-class galleries. Visitors can take advantage of famous paintings and modern artworks that bring to life the rich cultural heritage. Discover the superb artistic talents of artists at a wide range of museums. The elegant 19th century building houses artists from Monet to Ramsey with some important collections.
Aberdeenshire has a varied landscape with attractive handcrafted arts. Uncover the innovative and original artworks that are designed by local artists. These can be seen in a number of galleries and shops that are scattered around the city and nearby towns.
If you are a shopaholic who likes to follow the latest trends, then Aberdeen is the place to be. With a wealth of shopping malls waiting to be explored, you will find the biggest designer brands at high street shops. The shopping facilities are truly the hidden gems at the malls.
The city is also home to many vintage markets that let you shop until you drop. Once you start browsing the designer stores, you will not want to leave. Given its position as an important oil industry town Aberdeen has prosperous feel, and this is reflect in the choice of shops available. Aberdeenshire is certainly a shopper’s paradise.
Nicknamed as the Granite City, over an acre of Aberdeenshire consists of open space, parks, and gardens. It is no wonder that so many young families love going for a stroll at the local parks. The most famous park is Duthie, spreading across 45 acres since 1800. This park has many exotic plants including the biggest collection of cacti in the UK. It is a perfect setting for a family day out, with so many activities from boating to playing cricket on the lawns.
With such a charming park, it is easy to see why Aberdeen has consistently won awards for being one of the top cities in Britain. Its garden has ponds, lakes, a bridge, and waterfalls that make you feel like you have stepped into the Secret Garden. This park is the perfect setting for brides and grooms as they can take many memorable photos in the gardens.
One of the showpieces of this popular garden is the magnificent floral crest that can be seen at the south side. You can explore many unique floral displays that are present in this garden. But to take advantage of all the new sights and sounds of this beautiful city, you should consider staying here for at least two weeks in order to make the most of the local attractions.