Aberdeen - the Granite City - has been voted the happiest place to live in Scotland. If it's fantastic to live here, then it must be pretty spectacular for a holiday! The city is awash with reasons to visit, from amazing beaches, to impressive architecture and history dating back more than 8,000 years. Aberdeen International Airport makes it easy to reach from around the UK and Europe and it's also well serviced by trains, ferries, coaches and roads.
Venture out of Aberdeen and you'll find yourself on a beach that feels far too pristine to be so close to a major city. Stonehaven, Cruden Bay, Banff, Aberdeen, Balmedie and the endless empty sand dunes of Forvie National Nature Reserve in Ellon, are all begging for you to visit. Once you've had your fill of sand and surfing, head inland to the Cairngorms National Park, or country parks such as Balmedie, Haughton and Haddo.
Follow the Castle Trail and discover Aberdeenshire's 300 castles, or explore the region's cultural history at the Aberdeen Art Gallery. There's no shortage of museums celebrating parts of Aberdeenshire's culture, from The Gordon Highlander's Museum, to the quirky Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in Fraserburgh.
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