Since the discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s, Aberdeen became the Energy Capital of Europe and is Scotland’s third largest city - a place with historic charm, a thriving economy and cosmopolitan community of some 220,000 people.
It is rich in history from its maritime past of boat building and fishing industries, nowadays modernised with the growth of the Oil and Gas industries. From the Art Galleries, Museums, Theatres and shopping venues, you will find something to suit everyone in this diverse multi-national City.
A coastline of spectacular beaches and dunes stretch north of the city, while to the west lies nearby Royal Deeside, home to some of the most beautiful countryside in Scotland and the eastern gateway to the mountainous Cairngorms National Park
Aberdeen is the educational centre for the north-east. The University of Aberdeen has been at the forefront of teaching and learning since 1495. Committed to excellence it is the 'global university of the north'. The Robert Gordon University, which was awarded university status in 1992, has been voted the University of the Year 2011 by the Sunday Times.
Aberdeen is placed between the Rivers Dee and Don, both of which provide for wonderful walks—the modern name ‘Aberdeen’ literally means between the Dee and Don. On the coast, Aberdeen has a long, spectacular scenery 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 impressive panorama and good rock-climbing. Aberdeenshire's coast is one of Britain’s most impressive coasts.
In architectural terms, Aberdeen is known for its principal use of granite during the Victorian era, which motivates its local nickname of the Granite City, or the Silver City, becasue the Mica in the stone sparkles in the sun. Link to Aberdeen's Granite Trail brochure. Link to Heritage Trail Old Aberdeen brochure.