Aberdeen may be known as the city of granite but it's by no means dull. With medieval castles, stunning architecture and many attractions, there’s always something to do in Aberdeen. Stroll along Union Street, one of the city’s major shopping streets, or stop by Johnston Gardens and embrace the Japanese culture. Cross the Brig O' Balgownie bridge and read Lord Byron's poem in which it was immortalised. Or head down to the sea and walk along the sandy Aberdeen Beach and see if you can spot some dolphins and whales, hang out on the promenade and check out its little shops and cafés.
If you are a history buff, then visit one of the many nearby castles to learn about Scotland’s turbulent history, invasions and occupation. Tour the ruins of Slains Castle, thought to be the inspiration for the author of Dracula. Head to the insta-famous Craigievar Castle, with its fairy-tale like pink walls, turrets and towers. Dunnottar Castle, perched on a dramatic cliff, 160ft above the North Sea, is another iconic castle site well worthy of a visit. For those who prefer arts and culture, then there are many museums to visit in Aberdeen. The Aberdeen Maritime Museum explores the history of the city’s long relationship with the North Sea. The Tolbooth Museum, housed in one of Aberdeen’s oldest buildings, is a former prison and displays artefacts from crime and punishment. Aberdeen Art Gallery houses a collection of Impressionist, Victorian, Scottish and 20th Century paintings and is also well worth a visit. Aberdeen may be small but it's mighty and has something for everyone.