Ballater is a picturesque village in Aberdeenshire, on the edge of the Cairngorm Mountains and at the heart of Royal Deeside. Nearby is the Royal Family’s residence, Balmoral Castle. Queen Victoria famously wrote of the Deeside area: “All seemed to breathe freedom and peace”. Ballater is a ballad in brick. Walk down a street of […]

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Aberdeen Cares Exhibition

The VSA (Voluntary Service Aberdeen) has been helping children and adults in the city for over 150 years. A stunning exhibition at Aberdeen Art Gallery showcases their work, history intertwining with tapestry, momentoes mingling with poetic post-it messages, art arm in arm with historic articles. The VSA is a social care charity, with an impressive […]

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Union Square

Enjoy a sensational shopping experience like no other. In the heart of Aberdeen city centre, Union Square is a retail treasure chest. From Next to New Look, from Accessorize to Apple, and Hotel Chocolat to Hobbycraft, there really is something for everyone. The Square also offers dining from another dimension, a world of culinary wonder […]

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Duthie park winter gardens

Aberdeen’s most famous outdoor recreational area is the magnificent Duthie Park. The highlight of the park are its iconic Winter Gardens, featuring the Temperate House, Corridor of Perfumes, Fern House, Victorian Corridor, Japanese Garden, Tropical House and Arid House. The latter has one of the largest collections of cacti in the UK. Flowers are a […]

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belmont filmhouse

Enter an enchanted world, a space to escape, a fantastic fairyland within the city centre. A place to dance with drama, to unwind in an alternate universe, to waltz with wonders. The magic of film inspires all the above. From education to enlightenment, from entertainment to intellectual ecstasy. Find it all at the Belmont Filmhouse. […]

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Books n beans

Aberdeen’s Belmont Street is home to one of the best independent bookshop / cafes in the city – the aptly named Books n Beans. A haven for booklovers, a heaven for coffee fans. Browse an impressive array of second hand books in all genres: there really is something for everyone, from crime to classics, history […]

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Fyvie fairytale

A visit to the impressive and intriguing Fyvie Castle (castle open during spring and summer; grounds open all year) is not complete without a walk round its tranquil lake, a stunning scene of natural beauty. In winter, the lake is fierce but serene, with frozen ice punctuating its smooth waters like a living image stuck […]

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Aberdeen christmas village

Aberdeen embraces Christmas like a child with a new toy; the city comes to life with seasonal sweetness and festive flair. The granite city is a shining Christmas candle, its spirit soaring like a Santa reindeer. Begin your Aberdeen Christmas trail in the wondrous Christmas Village, a beating heart of fun in the city centre. […]

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Bonobo Bliss

Bonobo is Aberdeen’s first vegan café, an oasis of charm and calm in the busy city centre. If you love plant based food this is the place to be; if you crave culinary delights found nowhere else, this is the space to chill. A magic menu will tantalise your tastebuds, while tranquil décor and the […]

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Light the north: the lighthouse trail

The North East of Scotland was lit up throughout August to October 2021 by a trail of painted lighthouse sculptures.  The sculpture trail featured work from some of the UK’s most talented artists, in addition to smaller sculptures painted by school children. Thereafter the lighthouses are auctioned to raise money for the cancer charity CLAN, […]

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