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Aberdeen teaches us that glittering grey is beautiful! Built grandly, and largely from grey granite, Aberdeen blends spectacularly with its surroundings, glittering against the North Sea skies. Oil money built this city, and continues to fuel it. The city has hotels, restaurants and clubs on par with Edinburgh and London, and many of the best places to stay in Aberdeen would certainly claim to rival those, but luckily there are plenty of attractions not priced for oil barons.
Aberdeen has always been a powerhouse of a city. Built on the North Sea estuary of the Rivers Dee and Don, Aberdeen began as a great port. Some of Aberdeen's appeal is in its grand granite city - also known for its green parks and communal spaces - Aberdeen has won the Britain in Bloom competition ten times! But some of Aberdeen's appeal is in its surrounds. There are lovely beaches all along this coastline, the dramatic Cairngorms are to the west and of course you've easy access to whisky country. But the spot itself is also pretty spectacular once the sea and the sky start colouring.
Aberdeen is a great place for a city break, and if that's why you're here make sure you visit the Maritime Museum, which has a replica North Sea oil platform, helping to illustrate Aberdeen's ongoing relationship with the sea.
The oldest part of Aberdeen is across the Brig O'Balgownie, one of the oldest bridges in Britain. This is where you'll find the Citadel, 500 year old King's College, Gothic triumph Marischal College and Union Street, the main shopping street, lined with impressively solid Victorian buildings.
The Old Town House, at the north end of High St., is where you can find out more about the city.
Aberdeen Art Gallery is anything but parochial, with work by Bacon and Damien Hirst.
If you're here for the whisky there are a number of working distilleries a short distance from the city, and there are plenty of whiskey tours you can join, or routes you can follow, to ensure you can taste as many as possible.
- If you want to stay in a tartan bedecked castle, Malmaison Aberdeen is certainly one of the best places to stay in Aberdeen. The Malmaision brand means you know you can expect all the mod. cons. and more, and in this case the 'more' includes an epic selection of Scottish tipples!
- The Marcliffe at Pitfodels is a wonderful Scottish refuge on the outskirts of Aberdeen, perfect for a luxury spa escape, but also great as a base to explore the local area. Shooting, fishing, golf, there's plenty to do in these parts!
Best Hotels in Aberdeen
Malmaison Aberdeen 80 rooms from $133Aberdeen
Typical of the Malmaison brand. Castle-like hotel bedecked with tartan upholstery and dark furniture. Intimate whisky snug, brasserie, bar, and relaxing spa.SpaSights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection
Marcliffe at Pitfodels 42 rooms from $196Aberdeen (Pitfodels)
Delightful Scottish refuge in 11 acres of woodland on the edge of the historic city of Aberdeen. Elegant and spacious bedrooms, Conservatory restaurant with extensive wine list, luxury spa.SpaFishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Small Luxury Hotels