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Scotland’s third largest city, wealthy Aberdeen reaps the benefit of its proximity to North Sea oil and as a result is one of the most expensive places in Scotland. Fortunately, whilst it is unlikely to win any awards for beauty, that wealth has also led to some good quality attractions and facilities.

The impressive Aberdeen Art Gallery and the Maritime Museum are both worth a visit. Aberdeen also has some pleasant historic sections – cobbled Castlegate Square in the city centre and ‘Old Aberdeen’, just north of town, which seems like an untouched village engulfed by the city, with its winding lanes and impressive Cathedral. Aberdeen is also home to one of the best city beaches in Britain, complete with various seaside attractions; although the weather here does mean that your chances of enjoying it are somewhat limited!

Just outside the city, the romantic ruins of Dunnottar Castle sit in a beautiful location looking out into the North Sea.