Spotlight on: Aberdeen
Officially, Scotland’s third largest city is both a thriving, youthful university town and a prosperous, grown-up centre thanks to the North Sea oil industry. Just a train or bus ride away from Glasgow and Edinburgh, there are a few wee gems to check out. A record shop of the old school, One Up is run by music lovers for music lovers. The only independent record store in Aberdeen it’s stacked with CDs, posters and signed memorabilia. Boxed sets are a speciality while downstairs is a den of vinyl and secondhand CDs. Clubbing lovers could do far worse than a trip to The Tunnels, while the more active visitor should head straight for the slopes at ski centre, the Lecht.