Sparkling under endless summer days and shimmering beneath the Northern Lights in winter...
... Aberdeen’s silvery granite heart merges centuries of history and a modern vibe. The oil capital of the UK, its rocking city nightlife is just a stone’s throw from bottlenose dolphins in the harbour. As the locals say, it’s braw.
Food and drink
From the age-old art of whisky distilling to the forefront of the modern craft beer scene, freshly landed seafood to wild game and venison, Aberdeen’s menu is diverse and delicious.
Sample the freshest of seafood at the Silver Darling seafood restaurant (43 Pocra Quay). Tuck in to North Sea ‘posh’ haddock and chips and slurp back Carlingford rock oysters while admiring views of the working harbour. Or indulge in a hefty Aberdeen Angus steak at No.1 Bar & Grill (Queen’s Terrace).
Go to market
Aberdeen Country Fair brings 35 stallholders from around Scotland to Belmont Street, on the first and last Saturday of every month. Pick up fish landed from Aberdeen and Peterhead harbours, fresh butteries (local bread rolls) and slabs of Aberdeen Angus beef.
Keep your eyes peeled for local delicacies like creamy Cambus o May cheese, straight from dairy herds reared on Royal Deeside and locally smoked Aberdeen kippers.
Drink and learn
Aberdeen is awash with traditional pubs and modern bars where you’ll discover craft beers from local producers – the area is home to BrewDog, the brewery that kickstarted the craft movement in the UK. Sip a locally distilled Porter's Gin or take a whisky-tasting class at the Tippling House (Belmont Street). Take notes – it might be tricky to remember them all by the end of the night.