Aberdeen is located in North East Scotland and is the country's third largest city. It is an ancient settlement and people have lived in the area for over 8,000 years.
Around 220,000 people now inhabit Aberdeen and enjoy its dramatic granite architecture that glistens on the many sunny days (Aberdeen has more sunshine than Birmingham and almost as much as London). In mid - late June it never gets really dark, with the sun setting after 10 pm and rising at around 4 am. Golf is played until 11 pm by many.
The city is located between the Rivers Dee and Don, both of which provide wonderful walks and scenery. The modern name Aberdeen literally means between the mouths (Aber-) of the Dee and the Don.
On the coast, Aberdeen has a long, spectacular walk on a beach between the two rivers which turns into high sand dunes north of the Don stretching as far as Fraserburgh; to the south of the Dee are steep rocky cliff faces and deep inlets making for spectacular scenery and good rock-climbing. It is one of Britain’s most spectacular coastlines.
The earliest charter for the city was granted by William the Lion in 1179. In 1319, the Great Charter of Robert the Bruce transformed Aberdeen into a property-owning and financially independent community and formed the basis for the city's Common Good Fund which still benefits Aberdonians. History oozes from the buildings.
Traditionally, Aberdeen was home to fishing, textile mills, shipbuilding and paper making. These industries have been largely replaced but their impact on the city is still obvious.
In modern times, Aberdeen has driven the north east to the very top of the UK’s economic growth tables with high technology developments in the electronics design and development industry, food, life sciences and, obviously, the oil industry, powering an economic boom.
Aberdeen has won Britain in Bloom more than any other city, has Britain’s oldest business, Aberdeen Harbour, which is one of the UK’s busiest, the oldest city archive, fabulous parks, dolphins, boutique hotels and trendy bars.
With 30 golf courses within 30 minutes of the city, the whisky and castle trails and fabulous walking and nature all around, Aberdeen is a perfect weekend city break venue.
Further information on Aberdeen can be found on www.visitaberdeen.com
Scotland is not only known for their world class beers & ales, whiskeys and refreshments. Aberdeen is also known for the wide variety of restaurants, serving cuisine from all over the world. From beer to whisky houses, wine bars to well tasting restaurants, there is something to suit every taste.
Some of the best Aberdeen locations are:
Where to eat
Howies is a locally owned and run Scottish restaurant. Warm hospitality, and great food prepared from traceable local produce, makes it for sure an enjoyable evening.
With its constantly changing innovative menu of modern British cuisine, this kitchen focuses on both menus for lunch and dinner. Honest food made with local and seasonal produce, with a beverage & gin list matching the courses to its finest point.
The eclectic menu fuses world inspired cuisine with quirky interpretations of Scottish specialties. All food is made with an original and traditional twist.
Traditional Italian food, served with delicious Italian wines.
With its authentic and original Indian food, great on-site entertainment and fantastic, friendly service, Shiri Bheemas is sure worth a visit.
A whole range of restaurants within Aberdeen can be found by visiting Trip Advisor.
Where to drink
Drinking a beer at 6°North will not find you the “pursuit of happiness”, but it will be damn close. Browse through hundreds of world class beers, while enjoying the Scottish pub spirit and atmosphere.
A long range of delicious draft beers and Brewdog specials makes it a great place to share a bellywasher (beer) or two.
With its over 150 years long history, internationally known whiskey collection and wide variety of ales & beers, The Grill is a must visit for any whiskey lover.
The Prince of Wales
With its low lighting, wood-panelled walls and an atmosphere steeped in tradition, The Prince of Wales is a homely, welcoming place to escape the bustle of the city and enjoy a pint of Belhaven Best Extra Cold.
A trip to Aberdeen, Scotland would never be completed without seeing some of the wonderful surrounding areas, filled with beautiful castles, breath-taking nature and wildlife. Feel free to look at the following pages, which provides further information on trips and sightseeing possibilities.
By walking the streets of Aberdeen, you will soon notice the long history of the city. The history provides a long list of attractions and beautiful buildings to visit during your trip.
The Visit Aberdeen Website provides a comprehensive list of all there is to see and do in the Granite City.
If you get the chance to extend your stay then Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail is highly recommended. The people of Moray and Speyside will provide you with a warm Scottish welcome, while you explore the landscape, history and communities of the region.
Aberdeenshire has more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK. This spectacular region is home to the UK's only Castle Trail consisting of 17 of the region’s most striking castles and stately homes. Find out more about the enthralling history of Aberdeenshire.
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