Aberdeen's two bordering rivers create a beautifully Scottish backdrop to this historic and culturally rich city, with wildlife, nature, sport and adventure-a-plenty in the surrounding Shire. Craigievar Castle is a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture. The great tower stands just as it did when completed in 1626 and the castle is home to a fine collection of family portraits. And from the Old Aberdeen Gift Shop to the £275million Union Square development, shopping in Aberdeen is as rich and diverse as the surrounding countryside.
Catering for its student population and a transient workforce attracted by the rich pickings of the oil industry, Aberdeen has a cosmopolitan mix of nightlife with something for every taste. Much of the city's after dark excitement is in and around the area by Union Street. Check out a band at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, listen to classical music at the Music Hall or catch a Hollywood blockbuster or an art house film at The Belmont Picture House.