Arts and Culture

From its stunning art collections and to the Highland games, Aberdeenshire offers a assortment of high-quality cultural attractions. 

Aberdeen is home to one of the most important art collections in the world. Aberdeen Art Gallery is home to paintings by Impressionist masters including Monet and Renoir which are displayed alongside more avant-garde contemporary works by artists such as Damian Hirst.

Aberdeenshire possesses a unique beauty which has provided an endless source of inspiration for local artists. Many examples of their arts and crafts including paintings, handcrafted furniture, ceramics may be viewed and purchased in galleries and shops throughout the region.

The region has also inspired literary figures as diverse as Bram Stoker and Lewis Grassic Gibbon. A number of attractions and places connected to their works also available to visit.

The city offers a range of live entertainment. His Majesty's Theatre, an impressive Edwardian venue offering musicals, opera, ballet and more, while the more intimate Lemon Tree is the best place to experience the city's thriving local music scene. The city also boasts three multi-screen cinemas.

Between May and September visitors can experience the unforgettable and world-famous spectacle of Highland games which take place throughout the region which culminate with the Braemar Gathering.


Last update: 6 February 2014