A view of a city skyline.

The capital of the region is the 'Granite City' of Aberdeen. A busy, prosperous, hard-working city with an international population and a thriving oil industry. With its sparkling granite buildings, Aberdeen has one of Scotland's most enchanting skylines, while the city's Old Town has a magical air of time gone by. A fantastic range of first-class restaurants and a vibrant nightlife combined with a thriving cultural calendar and shops galore all help make Scotland's third largest city a modern and lively destination that's well worth the trip.

The coast around Aberdeen moves from rocky cliffs to the south to a long stretch of sandy beach that starts at the city and stretches north up to the Ythan Estuary. The majestic Grampian Mountains dominate the skyline to the west of the region whilst miles of unspoiled and often dramatic coastline frame the area in the east. Vast empty beaches, interspersed with picturesque fishing villages and dramatic cliff top scenery are waiting to be explored.

Hit the ski slopes, play on championship golf courses or follow in Queen Victoria's footsteps – the choice is yours.

Visit Scotland: Plan your trip to the north east of Scotland and beyond

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