Short Break in Aberdeen

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One Night British Inn Stay with Breakfast For 2

  • One night stay - Sunday - Friday
  • Two night stays - 7 days a week (subject to availability)
  • British hotel or Inn
  • Comfortable double or twin room

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About Aberdeen

Aberdeen, known as the Granite City due to its many enduring grey stone buildings, is a compelling mix of historic charm and contemporary vibrancy, offering a range of experiences for visitors and locals alike. Nestled in the northeast of Scotland, this city is not only a hub for the oil industry but also a gateway to exploring the rich cultural heritage and stunning natural landscapes of the surrounding area.

The city itself boasts an impressive architectural landscape, largely built from locally quarried grey granite, which sparkles like silver under the sunlight. Among its architectural jewels, Marischal College stands out as one of the largest granite buildings in the world. Now serving as the headquarters of the City Council, its Gothic revival structure is a must-see for architecture enthusiasts.

Aberdeen's cultural scene is vibrant, with numerous art galleries, museums, and theatres contributing to the city's artistic identity. The Aberdeen Art Gallery, recently refurbished, houses a vast collection of modern and historic art. The Maritime Museum, on the other hand, offers insights into the city's strong ties with the sea, from its fishing heritage to its status as a global oil capital.

For those interested in history, Old Aberdeen is a picturesque area that seems frozen in time, with cobbled streets leading to the ancient University of Aberdeen, founded in 1495. St Machar's Cathedral, another historic landmark, is known for its medieval architecture and stained-glass windows.

Beyond the city's boundaries, the Aberdeenshire region offers an abundance of natural beauty and historical sites. The Castle Trail, a unique route linking 19 of Scotland's most famous castles, showcases the area's rich history. Highlights include the dramatic ruins of Dunnottar Castle, perched on a rugged cliff by the sea, and the fairy-tale Balmoral Castle, the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family.

The region is also famed for its whisky distilleries, with several offering tours and tastings. The Malt Whisky Trail in nearby Speyside is a particularly popular attraction for whisky enthusiasts, providing a glimpse into the traditional art of whisky making.

Nature lovers will find plenty to explore in the surrounding countryside, from the tranquil beaches along the Aberdeenshire coast to the scenic trails of the Cairngorms National Park. The park, part of the Grampian Mountains, is a haven for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and wildlife watching, with its vast landscapes of forests, lochs, and mountain peaks.

For a unique coastal experience, the nearby village of Stonehaven is worth a visit, especially for its picturesque harbour and the opportunity to try the local delicacy, deep-fried Mars bar. The annual Fireballs Ceremony on New Year's Eve, where participants swing blazing fireballs above their heads to ward off evil spirits, is a testament to the area's rich cultural traditions.

Aberdeen and its surrounding area offer a compelling blend of city and countryside attractions. From its granite architecture and cultural institutions to the natural beauty and historical sites of Aberdeenshire, there's something for everyone to explore. Whether you're drawn to the charm of the city or the allure of the Scottish landscape, Aberdeen provides a gateway to a diverse and enriching experience.

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