In Aberdeen you can feel the richness of the city's history all around you, from the traditional Doric accent of local residents to the glinting granite buildings lining the streets.
To the north of the city centre, the cobbled streets and historic university buildings of Old Aberdeen are steeped in history, while to the east - by the harbour - the quaint fishing quarter of Footdee (pronounced locally as Fittie) is packed with tiny cottages and colourful gardens.
At the harbour
This is a city right on the coast. It's a place where you can walk from the city centre to the harbour in minutes - and you have a high chance of seeing the harbour's resident pod of dolphins playing in the waters when you get there too.
The sandy beach is a must visit. Stroll along the sands before stopping to enjoy an ice cream in the fresh sea air. You might spot people surfing and paddle boarding in the water too.