With its sweeping beaches and coastal cliffs, Aberdeen isn't only one of Scotland's most picturesque cities but its third most populous too. The port city is situated where the Rivers Dee and Don meet the North Sea and is often referred to as the Granite City for its many grey-stone buildings.
The city has a long relationship with the ocean and the Aberdeen Maritime Museum is testament hereto. From maritime paintings to collections covering shipbuilding and fishing, the museum houses all things distinctly nautical. Touchscreen technology makes a visit both interactive and unforgettable.
The St Machar's Cathedral appears high on the city's list of impressive architectural feats. Dating back to the 12th century, the spectacular cathedral continues to be a place of worship today. While the high ceilings and large stained-glass windows are impressive, the walls are said to be a burial ground. After his execution in 1305, William Wallace's body was cut up and sent to different corners of the country as a warning to other dissenters; his left arm ended up in Aberdeen.
Families with curious young ones will find loads to do at the Aberdeen Science Centre. The centre boasts over 50 hands-on interactive exhibits, live science demonstrations and planetarium shows. And with its ever-changing programme, there's always something new to look forward to.
Art-lovers don't have to look any further than the Aberdeen Art Gallery. The gallery was founded in 1884 and houses a fine collection of modern Scottish and international artists, including Ken Currie, Bridget Riley, and Bruce McLean to name but a few.
And for those seeking peace and quiet, the Cruickshank Botanic Gardens offer just that. The beautiful 11-acre garden is situated in Old Aberdeen on the King's College campus of the University of Aberdeen and includes an Instagram-worthy rose garden, rock and water garden, and over 2500 labelled plants.