Visit Aberdeen: The Silver City by the Sea

Nestled in the north-east of Scotland, the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire region is a treasure trove of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. From world class food and drink to a city packed with award-winning museums and galleries, the diverse, accessible region is waiting to be discovered.

It doesn’t take long for visitors to be captivated by Aberdeen. This friendly, compact city-on-the-sea has it all, from unspoiled sandy beaches and a rich maritime heritage to cutting-edge culture, fascinating attractions, and wide-open spaces.

Much of Aberdeen’s impressive architecture is built of silvery grey granite, so when the sun shines, Aberdeen sparkles. Nicknamed the Silver City, it is a city of contrasts with old world charm, world-class food and drink, lush green parks, and a mile of inviting golden beach where you may even spy dolphins at play.

Union Terrace Gardens is the hub of the city centre perfectly located for further exploring.

Aberdeen is home to the spectacular Aberdeen Art Gallery – named as Scotland’s building of the year in 2021 – which offers panoramic views of the city and houses an art collection spanning 700 years. Street art colours the city centre and the yearly Nuart festival brings the world’s best street artists to Aberdeen.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

The city’s oldest building, Provost Skene’s House is a celebration of the city’s innovators, and Aberdeen Maritime Museum, charts Aberdeen’s fascinating seafaring past and its reputation as the energy capital of Europe. The cobbled streets of Old Aberdeen lead to the 15th century St Machar’s Cathedral and the University of Aberdeen which dates to 1495. Footdee, the city’s historic fishing quarter, charms visitors with its coloured sheds and quaint houses.

Aberdeen is an attractive proposition, appealing to visitors with varying interests and needs. The city is accessible, inclusive and welcomes all.

Start your Aberdeenshire adventure by exploring the stunning Cairngorms National Park. As the largest national park in the UK, it boasts majestic mountains, serene lochs, and lush forests. Outdoor enthusiasts can partake in activities like hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife spotting. Don’t forget your camera – the scenic vistas are perfect for capturing the essence of Scotland’s natural beauty.

Invercauld Bridge, Deeside

Aberdeenshire’s rugged coastline stretches 165 miles with breathtaking mountain scenery, meandering rivers, clear lochs, and ancient forests, steeped in history and heritage and providing endless scope for visitors’ adventures.


With more castles per acre than any other area in the country, Aberdeenshire is nicknamed “castle country” with a huge variety of venues to visit – from the dramatic cliff-top Dunnottar Castle, spectacular ruins like Slains Castle to the fairytale pink turrets of Craigievar Castle.

To the west of the city, the Royal Deeside’s rolling glens, working estates and quaint towns and villages is where the River Dee meets the Cairngorms National Park.

Balmoral Estate and Gardens has royal connections spanning generations and is open to the public from April to July.

The region’s coastal towns such as Peterhead and Portsoy to the north and Stonehaven to the south are a must visit. Whisky and gin distilleries, farm to fork experiences, authentic tours and museums make Aberdeenshire an incredible place to explore deeper.

Aberdeenshire is also home to some exquisite gardens, and none are more regal than those in Royal Deeside. Explore the enchanting grounds of Balmoral Castle, the summer residence of the British royal family. The beautifully manicured gardens and the surrounding landscapes provide a tranquil retreat for visitors seeking a blend of natural beauty and royal history. Best of Scotland Holidays can customise your visit to Aberdeenshire, contact us today to find out more.

Craigievar Castle

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