Located in the north east of Scotland, Aberdeen has a rich history dating back almost 8000 years when settlements first appeared in the local area. and the country's largest national park. As Europe's energy capital, Aberdeen is home to many big players in the oil and gas industry.
Aberdeen and Inverness train services run from the local station at Dyce, which is just a short taxi ride from the airport. The main line station is in Aberdeen city centre where there are frequent services to all parts of Scotland and England. Regular bus services operate from the airport to Aberdeen city centre for approximately £1.50-1.70, and takes roughly 30 minutes. Services are less frequent at weekends than on weekdays.
Set on Royal Deeside against 11 acres of beautiful woodland, the five-star Marcliffe Hotel and Spa provides luxury in an intimate setting. Individually designed rooms are comfortable and elegant and cater for both business and leisure guests. www.marcliffe.com
Malmaison Aberdeen has everything we’ve come to expect from the boutique chain – comfortable and relaxing rooms with quirky designs. There is a low-lit bar with deep sofas and a whisky snug as well as a cavernous brasserie with open kitchen, intimate booths and its own butchery. www.malmaison.com
The Carron Art Deco Restaurant in the northeast town of Stonehaven, 15 miles south of Aberdeen, offers diners a wide-ranging menu of contemporary cuisine in a stylish restaurant that exudes 1930’s sophistication. www.carron-restaurant.co.uk
Aiming to create ‘Something Rather Special’, Eat on the Green is home to kilted chef Craig Wilson who puts sharing his passion for good Scottish food and produce at the heart of the restaurant. www.eatonthegreen.co.uk
Visit the Scottish home of the British Royal family, set among the stunning scenery of Royal Deeside, in the shadows of Lochnagar, the wildlife, scenery and architecture of the 50,000-acre Balmoral Estate has been preserved. www.balmoralcastle.com
For a real taste of Scotland, take a Whiksy distillery tour. Glenfiddich has barely changed since William Grant and his nine children rolled up their sleeves to build it with their bare hands in 1886. www.glenfiddich.co.uk
Outside of the Granite City, Aberdeenshire is a lovely unspoilt countryside, dramatic coastline and crumbling castles. An area rich in history that offers visitors everything from world-class golf courses, amazing wildlife and some of the country’s oldest whisky distilleries, all set against the backdrop of Scotland’s most stunning scenery. For more information visit: http://www.aberdeen-grampian.com/
Homecoming Scotland 2014 - 29 - 30 March - Scotland's Best Outdoors - from kite surfing off the coast of Aberdeen to fishing in the Spey, there's something for everyone at this exhibition.
The Lure of the Orient - Asian art exhibition - until 1 March 2014
Homecoming Scotland 2014 - over 90 events including heavies, piping and dancing - 2 August 2014