Aberdeen, also known as the Granite City for its granite public buildings, is a beautiful and historical, yet vibrant and cosmopolitan city with a population of approx. 300,000 people.
You can walk through Aberdeen's majestic streets, buy the latest designer clothes and authentic Scottish crafts, eat good food, and enjoy great entertainment. For instance, you might like to try dancing in a traditional ceilidh (pronounced ‘kei-lee’) or visit the local Highland Games. Or drop in to the Lemon Tree – a trendy café-bar, theatre, comedy club and live music venue all in one. Aberdeen’s theatres attract international pop and rock stars, as well as stars of ballet, opera, TV and the West End. Aberdeen Art Gallery contains an extensive collection, including works by many impressionists – including Renoir, Pissarro and Monet - and there are several visiting exhibitions during the year.
The city is surrounded by the magnificent countryside. The Grampians offer some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland, with mountains, lochs (lakes) and glens (valleys). If you prefer beaches, Aberdeenshire has miles of dramatic coastline, perfect for wind and kite surfing, along with many nature reserves.