Aberdeen has been ranked as one of the top 52 places to visit in the world by The New York Times.
The Granite City – alongside a number of exotic locations, including Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, Santa Barbara in California, and Las Vegas – features on the prestigious list of “must see” destinations for 2019.
The only place to be picked from the UK, Aberdeen lies at number 24 on the newspaper’s list, ahead of the likes of Doha, Los Angeles, Lyon in France, New York, Los Angeles and Tahiti.
It was picked for its attractive, historic castles, hiking trails, the stunning countryside and Royal Deeside,
The article’s recommendation said: “Just as many famous European overnight train routes, like Paris to Berlin, have been retired, the Caledonian Sleeper, the train that travels through the night from London all the way to the north of Scotland, is rolling out new carriages in time for summer.
“For adepts of slow rail travel, the new cars preserve the romance of overnight trains, in contemporary comfort, with a choice of hotel-style suites, classic bunk beds or seats.
“The Highlander route to Aberdeen leaves Euston Station in London in the evening and hits the Scottish coast by 5am, so travellers who take an early breakfast in the dining car can enjoy coastal views as the sun rises.
“Once off the train, Aberdeen and its surroundings offer historic castles set in fields of purple heather, in pine woods and along the dramatic coastline.
“There are hiking trails around the Queen’s estate at Balmoral, and rail buffs can visit the former royal train station in Ballater, closed since 1966, and ride on the Royal Deeside Railway a short drive from there.”