Thursday, 22 September 2011 7:43 AM
Edinburgh and Glasgow aren't the only locations for a Scottish city break - consider these alternatives for an equally fulfilling holiday.
For great Scottish hotel breaks, why not think about heading to Aberdeen?
Here, you will really be able to experience vibrant modern Scottish city life at its best, and with so much to see and do you are sure to want to come back to the metropolis time and time again.
For a perfect day in Aberdeen, spend some time at one of the many galleries and museums in the Granite City. You can check out the marble-lined interior of the Aberdeen Art Gallery, which is home to both contemporary exhibitions and works by the Scottish Colourists and the Impressionists alike.
You must also do some shopping while in the city. Union Street - the main shopping avenue - is home to one mile of stores, bars and restaurants, while The Bon Accord Centre might be more up your alley for retail therapy.
To round off your day, opt for a bit of fine dining. The Albyn has great food and jazz, while the Olive Tree Restaurant in the west end will give you a taste of the Mediterranean.
There's plenty of wonderful accommodation here, including the luxurious Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeen.
Alternatively, you could book a stay in a hotel in Inverness, where you are sure to have an equally wonderful time.
If you visit in the summer, you might want to take an open-topped bus ride around the metropolis - a great way to see and get to know the city. There is much in the way of culture to be found here, with a lot of this based on Aberdeen's Gaelic heritage.
Check out jigs and whirling reels at pub ceilidhs, contemporary drama, dance and theatre, and keep your eyes and ears open for pipers playing Scottish bagpipe music. No matter what you choose to do in Aberdeen, you are sure to be entertained.
For good restaurants in this part of Scotland, you will also be spoilt for choice. You can take your pick from eateries serving up international and Highland cuisine, or alternatively head to one of the continental-esque cafe bars or pubs that can be found here.
Elsewhere, you might enjoy visiting St Andrew's Cathedral, a very beautiful old building that is certainly worth a look. There is also a tearoom, which would be great to visit during the summer. Here, you can enjoy freshly made tea, home baking, sandwiches and coffee, as well as lots of homemade soup.