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Aberdeen isn’t just a granite city full of history and cutting-edge shops, it’s also a gateway to some of Scotland’s most fascinating attractions. Within its own bounds, this oil-rich playground has museums, theaters and galleries, and just beyond the city lies whisky, beaches and one of Queen Victoria’s favourite patches of the isles, Royal Deeside. From museums celebrating the city’s longstanding commercial relationship with the sea, to shopping centers where you can make some sound trading relationships of your own. Throw in fine-dining with local seafood and world cuisine, and you have a hotbed of fashion, culture and high-class luxury.

Things to see

Just a 2 minute walk from Aberdeen city center, Union Square Shopping Centre, the second largest shopping complex in Scotland, is the city’s fashion capital, where over 50 chain stores nestle together under one roof. It’s not just fashion you’ll find, either, with plenty of dining options and the city’s largest cinema also on hand. Around 7 miles north west of the city center lies Dyce, which overlooks the River Don and is home to one of the region’s most striking attractions, St Fergus Chapel which has a display of Pictish stones, some of which date back to the 7th Century. Another residential area just outside of the city, in this case 7 miles west of the center, Westhill is home to an array of international restaurants as well as a golf course and a number of other sports facilities such as a swimming pool and tennis courts.

Hotels in Aberdeen

Where there’s oil there’s money, and the North Sea has been good to Aberdeen. This means that it can punch above its weight when it comes to luxury, easily matching some of the better-known cities in the UK for high-end hotels. Hotels in Aberdeen can be found throughout the city center, and the higher end options will give you free WiFi and flat-screen televisions, tea and coffee making facilities and many will throw in free breakfasts too. Slightly further out, luxury spas can be found in breathtaking buildings, with the slight distance into town more than made up for by the pampering, pools and gardens.

Where to stay

Aberdeen is a charming place, and – thanks to the granite from which a great deal of its architecture is constructed – a uniquely glittering one. There are plenty of hotels in Aberdeen city center, or within short walking distance, so you’ll probably want to opt to remain in the heart of the action and experience the mix of commerce, galleries, museums and history that occurs there. If you head a little further out you can find everything from guesthouses to spas, and if you’re looking to go a little more self-catering there are plenty of high-quality apartments to be hired both in the center and the fringes.

How to get to

International visitors, and even many from within the UK, will probably arrive in Aberdeen from Aberdeen Airport. It’s in nearby Dyce, 7 miles out of the city center, and buses run regularly into the heart of Aberdeen taking around 30 minutes. Taxis are readily available also, and there’s also a train but you’ll need to catch a bus from the airport to the station. Travelling by rail to Aberdeen is straightforward, with Aberdeen Station located in the city center, and serving cities throughout the UK. Trains from London, Leeds and other Scottish cities are regular, but relatively slow and can be expensive unless booked in advance.

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