Looking for a night out? Head north of the city centre to the charming Old Aberdeen, a villagey neighbourhood close to King's College and St Machar Cathedral. It has a big student population and plenty of bars to get your teeth into.
If shopping is your thing, make a beeline for Union Street, Belmont Street and George Street, where you'll find every kind of mainstream store. If you fancy something a little more unique, the boutique shops in the West End and in the medieval market place of The Green will keep you browsing for hours.
Aberdeen Sports Village is the place to go if you want to get fit, with top-notch sport and exercise facilities including squash courts, a hockey pitch, aquatics centre and a world-class fitness suite. With an outstanding beach, a visit to Aberdeen isn't complete without a tour of its waterside. The harbour should be on the top of the list - dating back to Roman times, today it's the gateway to the UK's North Sea oil industry.
Away from the bustle of the city, a special treat awaits in the tiny fishing hub of Footdee, a short bus ride away. With quaint cobbled streets and a friendly community, it's one of the UK's best-loved villages.