Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest City with a population of over 200,000 residents. It is located on the North East coast of Scotland and is known as an Oil City due to its strong connections with North Sea Oil. Many of the workers in the region either work on off-shore rigs or on-shore for oil related companies from around the world.
Despite its links with the oil industry Aberdeen is a beautiful city and has a long sandy coastline. It is populated with prehistoric villages around the mouths of the local rivers, river Dee and River Don.
Granite Stone Buildings Dominate the Landscape
Aberdeen is steeped in wonderful architecture and is most famous for its use of granite stone during the Victorian era. This has led to it being labeled the Granite City or the Silver City due to the colour of the buildings, which date back to the 1900’s.
Some of the finest examples of granite buildings are to be found in the city’s main street, Union street, and are known as the Town and County Bank, the Music Hall and the National Bank of Scotland.
Further examples can be found on Broad Street which was opened by King Edward VII or the William Wallace building located on Union Terrace. Not to be missed is the statue of Robert Burns, the most famous poet Scotland has produced to date, on Union Terrace and the wonderful sculpture of Robert the Bruce also on Broad Street.
Plenty of Shopping Outlets to Explore
The city is ranked as the third best shopping centre in Scotland with most of the shops located on Union Street and George Street in the town centre. If the weather turns wet, as is often the case in this part of Scotland then head for the shopping arcades in Trinity Centre and Union Square the later benefiting from a recent £200 million redevelopment.
How about a round of golf ?
Scotland is blessed with numerous, world-beating golf courses and there are not many finer than the Royal Aberdeen Golf club, which has roots dating back to the late 1700s and is the oldest club in Aberdeen. It has hosted the British Open in 2005 and the Walker Cup in 2011 so, if time permits, head for the club house and either enjoy a warm drink and lunch there or, if your handicap allows, hire a set of clubs and convince the golf professional to let you out onto the course for a round yourself.