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Events

January
BP Portrait Award
Burning of the Clavie
Burns Ceilidh Supper

March
Aberdeen Jazz Festival
Annual Boat Race
Art & Music Festival in Oldmeldrum
George MacDonald of Huntly Festival
Luthermuir Bulb Show and Spring Fair

April
Banff Daffodil Group Spring Show
Spring Arts Festival
The Torcher Parade
Triptych

May
Aberdeen Artists Society Annual Exhibition
Banchory Festival of Scottish Music
Royal Deeside Golf Week
WORD Festival
Wordfringe

June
A Festival of Flowers & Music
Annual Vintage Car Rally
Castle Fraser Steam & Vintage Fair
City of Aberdeen Highland Games
Cornhill Highland Games
Midsummer Prom
Oldmeldrum Sports & Highland Games
The Buckie Festival
The Keith Festival
Turriff & District Pipe Band Annual Contest
Victorian Summer Fayre

July
Aberdeen International Football Festival
Activeaboyne Outdoor Activities Festival
Banchory Show
Dufftown Games
Fettercairn Show
Forres Highland Games
Motorvation! Motor Show
Peterhead Scottish Week
Royal Findhorn Yacht Club Regatta Weekend
Speyfest
Stonehaven Folk Festival
Stonehaven Highland Games
The Aboyne and Deeside Festival
Tomtintoul Highland Games

August
Aberdeen Blooms Festival
Aberdeen Highland Pony Show
Aberdeen International Youth Festival
Aberlour & Strathspey Highland Games
Aboyne Highland Games
Ballater Highland Games
Ballater Victoria Week
City of Aberdeen Clydesdale Horse Show
Deeside Steam & Vintage Club Ltd Annual Rally
Feugh Fest
Feugh Fest
Glenisla Highland Games
Johnshaven Fish Festival
Lonach Highland Gathering & Games
Speyfest Celtic Music Festival
Summer Flower & Vegetable Show
Tarland Show
Turriff Show
Wizard Festival

September
Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival
Braemar Gathering
Dufftown Horticultural Society Annual Show
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Grampian Motorcycle Convention
Huntly Hairst - Food Festival
Techfest

October
sound music festival
The Renovation & Self Build Show

November
Exlusively Highlands Christmas Fair
Sound Festival

December
Hogmanay Ceilidh
Stonehaven Fireball Festival

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The Granite City, The Flower of Scotland, The Silver City by the Golden Sands. Aberdeen wears its titles with pride. With sparkling granite buildings, the cosmopolitan city has one of Scotland’s most enchanting skylines, while the historical old town has an air of time gone by. A thriving cultural calendar combined with excellent restaurants and attractions make Aberdeen the perfect choice for a city break.

With beautiful buildings, winding streets and walled gardens, no visit to Scotland’s third largest city is complete without dropping by the old town. Don’t miss the imposing King’s College, the centre of Aberdeen University, stunning St Machar‘s Cathedral or a wander along the cobbled High Street.

Having scooped first place in the Britain in Bloom competition a record 11 times, this city has plenty of floral pulling power. It is renowned for its public gardens and has more than 6,000 acres of parkland. Top attractions include the extensive Winter Gardens at Duthie Park; the largest covered display in Europe and the Queen Mother Rose Garden at Hazlehead Park.

The capital of the Grampian Highlands is famous for its granite buildings, which are said to sparkle after rain. Among the most impressive are Marishal College, His Majesty’s Theatre and the stunning St Machar’s Cathedral. The city’s distinctive silver shimmer is thanks to architects, Archibald Simpson and John Smith, who built many of the fine neo-classical buildings out of the native stone.

What makes Aberdeen even more unique are the treasures waiting to be explored on its doorstep. Sample the “water of life” and visit the eight distilleries and cooperage on the Malt Whisky trail . Scotland’s Castle trail takes in 11 of the finest examples, but there are scores more to be discovered. Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven was the backdrop in a scene of Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson while Braemar Castle attracts the Royals during the annual highland games.

Take the coastal trail and you’ll find vast empty beaches, interspersed with picturesque fishing villages and dramatic cliff top scenery. If you’re into outdoor activities Aberdeen has two first class ski centre on its doorstep. Other centres offer quad biking, gliding and mountaineering.

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