Six of the best: Where to live your best life in September and October…

Nosey around: Aberdeenshire Doors Open Weekend

Explore some of the region’s most interesting buildings from September 16-17. There are churches, mansions and museums, mausoleums and masonic lodges, castles and cottages as well as quirky industrial buildings and those which are normally off limits. It’s like real-life Zoopla. Visit for the listings.Aberdeen Jazz Festival returns for 10 days in March. This year’s line-up is an eclectic and improvisatory musical celebration. From smooth to raucous, trail-blazing to traditional, there’s something for everyone. Find out what’s happening at The festival runs from March 16th to 26th. Nice!

On song: Haddo arts fest

This year’s festival runs from 6-10 October. Expect a heady mix of opera, choral performances, classical music, new compositions and much more from one Scotland’s best regarded arts festivals. Explore the programme and book at 

Arts & crafts: North East Open studios

Artists and makers across the city and shire fling open their studio doors from 9th-17th September. You’ll find everything from traditional crafts to fashion, painters, ceramicists, sculptors, furniture makers, jewellers and leather workers. It’s never too early to start your Christmas shopping! Plan your trip at

Out of puff: illuminator night race trail

Feeling energetic? Give the Night Trail race at Glen Tanar a shot on 28th October. There are three distances to choose from, from 8km upwards, which can be run or walked, with a stop for snacks before the final climb. Open to those 16 or over, entry fee, £40. Your reward is the sight of the reflectors and head torches worn by the participants. Find out more at

Family friendly: Promenade concert at the maritime museum

This popular family-friendly discovery of new music returns featuring three short performances around the museum. All ages are welcome to this relaxed and informal event. 26th October at 10.30 am.

Raise a glass: National whisky festival

If you enjoy a dram or two, head to the Music Hall on 9th September. With over 200 whiskies available to sample from some of the most celebrated names in the industry, plus an extensive programme of award-winning mixology, local food vendors, cutting edge musicians and live artists, you’re bound to have a good time, even if you can’t quite remember it the next day. Tickets £42 on the door.  

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