Aberdeen is now one of the richest cities in Scotland and this affluence has brought with it a proud café culture and flourishing arts scene. As Aberdeen continues to grow in popularity (thanks in part to the city’s low-cost airline routes) more and more visitors are discovering this often overlooked corner of Scotland for themselves.
And it would seem that they’re in good company; as the tourist literature so proudly proclaims, Aberdeen and the Grampian Highlands have been the holiday choice for the Royal Family for over 150 years. And with such a lot to offer the visitor, it’s easy to see why.
Each year, thousands of golfers take golf breaks in Aberdeen and Grampian. And it isn’t difficult to understand why: near Aberdeen itself, the charming links course of the Newburgh and Ythan Golf Club offers fine golf, superb views, and boasts a history of over 100 years. And three championship golf courses wait to test your game - the Royal Aberdeen, Murcar and Cruden Bay. A further 50 or so courses beckon within easy reach of Aberdeen. Highly recommended are Newmachar, Ballater, Braemar, Lossiemouth, Huntly and Royal Tarlair.
Self drive touring and sightseeing recommendations:-
The Four Great Trails: Malt Whisky Trail, Castle Trail (or mix castles and Whisky!), Victorian Heritage Trail, and the Grampian Coastal Trail
A day to Cullen and Portsoy and some dolphin watching and superb beach walking.
A day trip over the Lecht to Royal Deeside, Ballater and Balmoral Castle, returning via Banchory.
A day trip to Perth, via Royal Deeside, Glenshee and Blairgowrie – with an optional return via Dundee and along the coastal route.