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Aberdeen


Sometimes known as the "Granite City" after the locally mined stone used in many of its buildings, Aberdeen is the third largest city in Scotland in the UK. As of 2005, Aberdeen had an estimated population of 202,370.


Key Facts About Aberdeen


Aberdeen
Here are some key facts about Aberdeen:
  1. Aberdeen is Scotland's third largest city.

  2. Aberdeen is located in northern Scotland between the mouths of the River Dee and the River Don.

  3. People from Aberdeen are called Aberdonians.

  4. Aberdeen has a number of traditional nicknames:

    • The Granite City

    • The Grey City

    • The Silver City with Golden Sands

    All the nicknames refer that many of the cities buildings (especially those built between the mid 18th century and the mid 20th century) were at least partially constructed from locally quarried grey granite (grey granite sometimes appears to sparkle due to the high mica content).

  5. Aberdeen has been an important center of the oil industry since the discovery of North Sea Oil in the 1970s.

    As a result, Aberdeen has acquired some newer nicknames referring to this fact:

    • The Oil Capital of Europe

    • The Energy Capital of Europe

  6. Today, the oil industry is the dominant industry in the city. Traditional industries also include fishing, paper-making, shipbuilding, and textiles.

  7. Aberdeen is home to one of the busiest commercial heliports in the world, and Northeast Scotland's busiest seaport - largely due to the oil industry.

  8. Aberdeen is also a major educational center, being home to two major universities: the University of Aberdeen, and The Robert Gordon University.

  9. Since 2010, Aberdeen has hosted the Aberdeen International Youth Festival each year. This is a festival of youth arts which attracts over 1,000 young people.

  10. Aberdeen has won the Britain in Bloom (a horticultural competition organized by the Royal Horticultural Society), a record 10 times.


Attractions and Places of Interest in Aberdeen


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Weather in Aberdeen


Aberdeen is exposed to the North Sea, and although it has an oceanic climate, is well-known for its often biting winds and driving rain.

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Books about Aberdeen


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Aberdeen (Scotland) - Wink Travel Guide

By Wink Travel Guide

Wink Travel Guide
Released: 2019-09-01
Kindle Edition

Aberdeen (Scotland) - Wink Travel Guide
 
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Aberdeen is the third-largest city in Scotland, United Kingdom. Although remote by UK standards, this is no backwater; Aberdeen is a prosperous and cosmopolitan city (partly due to North Sea oil) and is characterised by its grand and ornate architecture.

Most buildings are constructed out of granite quarried in and around the city, and as a result, Aberdeen is often referred to as The Granite City. It is also known for its many outstanding parks, gardens and floral displays throughout the city, and for its long, sandy beach.

It is a great place to stop for a couple of days on a tour of Scotland, and especially good as a base for exploring the wider region to take advantage of the castles, golf, whisky distilleries, scenery, mountains (including skiing and snowboarding), coast and other attractions in Aberdeenshire and Royal Deeside.

Wink Travel Guides introduce you to the best world travel destinations, in a clear and concise way, illustrated by photos.

Aberdeen (Scotland) - Wink Travel Guide

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Aberdeen (Scotland) - Wink Travel Guide
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Aberdeen is the third-largest city in Scotland, United Kingdom. Although remote by UK standards, this is no backwater; Aberdeen is a prosperous and cosmopolitan city (partly due to North Sea oil) and is characterised by its grand and ornate architecture.

Most buildings are constructed out of granite quarried in and around the city, and as a result, Aberdeen is often referred to as The Granite City. It is also known for its many outstanding parks, gardens and floral displays throughout the city, and for its long, sandy beach.

It is a great place to stop for a couple of days on a tour of Scotland, and especially good as a base for exploring the wider region to take advantage of the castles, golf, whisky distilleries, scenery, mountains (including skiing and snowboarding), coast and other attractions in Aberdeenshire and Royal Deeside.

Wink Travel Guides introduce you to the best world travel destinations, in a clear and concise way, illustrated by photos.

2019 Collins Handy Road Atlas Scotland

By Collins Maps

HarperCollins UK
Released: 2018-10-01
Paperback (72 pages)

2019 Collins Handy Road Atlas Scotland
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This handy A5 sized road atlas has extremely clear, route planning maps of Scotland. Scale of main maps: 1:625,000 (9.9 miles to 1 inch). Places of tourist interest are highlighted. Layer coloring shows land height. Road network is classified and color coded. Detailed street maps of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen. Street maps of Dundee, Inverness and Perth city centers. Distance calculator chart highlights distances between major towns. Transport connections section listing airports and details of vehicle ferries into and within Scotland. Covers the whole of Scotland and part of northern England, down to Kendal and Scarborough in the south.

PICTURING SCOTLAND: ABERDEEN

LOMOND BOOKS
Hardcover

PICTURING SCOTLAND: ABERDEEN
 
Product Description:
This book takes the reader on a photographic journey around Scotland's 'Granite City' Aberdeen. Newly updated this edition features an extra 16 pages and a total of 116 pictures many of which have been taken specifically for this book. All of the city's main attractions are featured in this ideal pick up souvenir for visitors to Aberdeen.

Top 20 Places to Visit in Scotland - Top 20 Scotland Travel Guide (Includes Edinburgh, Glasgow, Isle of Skye, Aberdeen, Loch Ness, Inverness, Dundee, & More) (Europe Travel Series Book 25)

By Atsons

Released: 2015-04-20
Kindle Edition (47 pages)

Top 20 Places to Visit in Scotland - Top 20 Scotland Travel Guide (Includes Edinburgh, Glasgow, Isle of Skye, Aberdeen, Loch Ness, Inverness, Dundee, & More) (Europe Travel Series Book 25)
 
Product Description:

Are You Ready to Discover & Explore Scotland?


“Top 20 Places to Visit in Scotland” is an easy to use, no-nonsense travel guide showing you the 20 best destinations Scotland has to offer. Packed full of interesting and useful information for each place, this Scotland travel guide is the ultimate travel accessory for discovering this incredible country!


Inside Atsons “20 Places to Visit in Scotland”:


  • Scotland’s top 20 best places to visit listed in order of importance.
  • High quality photos of the top 20 places.
  • Easy to digest descriptions of every place.
  • Essential historical information to provide you with a better understanding of each destination.
  • Recommendations of attractions and activities to give you a better visiting experience.
  • The best places to visit include Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Fort William, and the Isle of Skye.

“Top 20 Places to Visit in Scotland” Travel Guide features:


  • Easy Navigation: Effortlessly jump from one attraction to another using the interactive contents.
  • Add notes to the guide for a more personal guidebook.
  • Use bookmarks to save your favourite pages.
  • A Map of Scotland showing the location of every destination.

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There are lots of travel guides for Scotland, why should I get this one?
If you are looking for an easy-to-read and straight-to-the-point Scotland travel guide, then this is for you. All the destinations listed contain high quality pictures, historical and background information, attractions and activities, and are listed in order of importance ensuring you’ll know exactly which place you want to visit when discovering Scotland!

I’ve never been to Scotland, will this guide help me?
If you’ve never visited Scotland or plan on visiting but don’t know where to go then this Scotland travel guide is the perfect starting point. Scotland has so many interesting and unique places that it can often be difficult to decide where you want to go. This guide is here to help you with that decision by giving you 20 breathtaking destinations to choose from, with the added bonus of the guide being a top 20 list so you'll know exactly where to start your journey.

If You Don't Live in Aberdeen, Scotland ... Then You're Not Living At All: Lined Journal Note Book

By LocalBorn LocalPride

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If You Don t Live in Aberdeen, Scotland ... Then You re Not Living At All: Lined Journal Note Book
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We all know it ... if you don't live in ABERDEEN then you're not living at all!

This note book could be bought for many occasions such as birthday, anniversaries and Christmas. It comes in sizeable 8.5'' x 11'' dimensions giving you plenty of writing space.

There are 107 pages of lined white paper inside and artistic cover art.

Some of the functions the note book could be useful for includes:

  • Shopping lists
  • Studying notes
  • Creative writing
  • Event reminders e.g. birthdays
  • Scrapbook
  • Daily journal
  • Meal plans
  • To-do tasks

Thank you very much for your time, and we hope you are satisfied with the note book!

Aberdeen Pocket Map: The Perfect Way to Explore Aberdeen

By Collins Maps

HarperCollins UK
Released: 2018-06-01
Map (1 pages)

Aberdeen Pocket Map: The Perfect Way to Explore Aberdeen
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Handy little full colour Collins map of Aberdeen with a high level of detail. Clear mapping of the central area extending to the airport and along the coast, with all tourist locations. Map at a scale of 1:10 725 (5.8 inches to 1 mile).Clear, detailed, full colour Collins mapping is presented in a handy format ideal for the pocket or handbag. It is excellent value and covers the most visited area of central Aberdeen. It is an essential buy for tourists and residents alike.INCLUDES• Detailed central area map• Around Aberdeen map extending to airport and along the coast.• Tourist locations• Train and bus stations• Listing of major places to visit, with additional details for Aberdeen Maritime Museum and Duthie Park Winter Gardens• Detailed street index


 
 
 

 
 
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