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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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Scotland: Scotland Travel Guide: The 30 Best Tips For Your Trip To Scotland - The Places You Have To See (Inverness, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee) (Volume 1)

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Make Your Journey To Scotland The Best Possible

Scotland is filled with numerous of fascinating attractions and offers a deeply diversified culture.The untouched landscape of Scotland and the fascinating culture belong to the most delightful of the world. If this is your first time in this beautiful country, you should plan your trip in detail. If not, you most certainly will miss out on some of the best places to be and things to see. This book will help you to make the most out of your time in Scotland. You will get to know the most fascinating things to do and see in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness to name a few of the most beautiful locations to be at.

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  • Scottish Culture
  • Admire the Edinburgh Castle
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  • Enchanting Inverness
  • The Beauty of Dundee
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Fodor's Scotland (Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor Guides
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

Scotland offers astonishing variety: its iconic lochs and mountains, as well as lively cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow, have strong allure. St. Andrews is a pilgrimage for golfers; castles dot the country; and whisky distilleries are gaining popularity. Scotland's customs and products--from tartans to tweeds--are known worldwide, but there's nothing like experiencing them firsthand.

This travel guide includes:
· Dozens of maps
· An 8-page color insert with a brief introduction and spectacular photos that capture the top experiences and attractions throughout Scotland
· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path
· Major sights such as The Calanais Standing Stones, Tobermory, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, and Kelvingrove
· Coverage of Edinburgh and the Lothians, Glasgow, The Borders and the Southwest, Fife and Angus, The Central Highlands, Aberdeen and the Northeast, Argyll and the Isles, Inverness and Around the Great Glen, The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland Islands

Aberdeen (Picturing Scotland)

By Colin Nutt

Ness Publishing
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Aberdeen (Picturing Scotland)
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Aberdeen DIY City Guide and Travel Journal: UK City Notebook for Aberdeen, Scotland (European City Notebooks in Lists)

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This city notebook is designed to inspire listmakers and curators and ingenious travelers to create their own city guide and city biography in list form and to journal the Great Scott! out of their time in the city. This city notebooks is a do it (all) yourself notebook crafted for independent travelers and thinkers! So, Aberdeen….

Aberdeen is a miorbhaileach and iongantach city! You do know what I'm talking about, don't you? Which begs another question: "Why not create your own city guide and keep a travel journal to help make your time there truly unforgettable, incredibly fun, and remarkably organized?"

You hold in your hands a journal and city guide carefully crafted for listmakers, curators, travelers, urban explorers and city locals alike! This notebook can help you keep all your important information about Aberdeen organized and ready for when you need it and where you need it.

Use the pages of this notebook to document your adventures, experiences, thoughts, and memories. Have fun making lists of all the highlights and lowlights Aberdeen has to offer. This is the perfect place to journal your time with boots on the ground in Aberdeen! This is the perfect place to write down and organize everything you find fascinating about the city — which is why it’s your diy city guide and journal.

Make your time in Aberdeen more fun, more organized, more productive and more creative by making Aberdeen DIY City Guide and Travel Journal your newest, bestest and trustiest sidekick.

Collins Handy Road Atlas Scotland

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This easy-to-use, handy A5-sized road atlas is your ideal companion for traveling around Scotland, with extremely clear route-planning maps of Scotland and detailed plans of the major cities and towns

These clear, attractive route planning maps of the whole of Scotland, which are small enough to fit into a glove box or briefcase, are supported by comprehensive, fully indexed city center street maps of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, and Perth. The main maps have a scale of 1:625,000, or 9.9 miles to 1 inch. Places of tourist interest are highlighted. The atlas has attractive layer coloring showing land height, and the road network is fully classified and color coded. There is detailed street mapping of large cities, including: Edinburgh, which includes the Royal Mile with all its attractions clearly marked, Leith, and Holyrood Park; Glasgow, including the West End, city center, and M74 extension; Aberdeen; and street maps, with indexes, of Dundee, Inverness, and Perth city centers. A handy distance calculator chart highlights distances between the major towns. Administrative areas map show council areas, and a transport connections section lists all the airports and details of all vehicle ferries into and within Scotland.

Aberdeen (Archive Photographs: Images of Scotland)

By Alistair Burnett

The History Press Ltd
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Aberdeenshire: South and Aberdeen (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of Scotland)

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The second of two books exploring the buildings of the north-east of Scotland, this volume surveys Aberdeen – the nation’s third-largest city – and the southern area of Aberdeenshire, including the former county of Kincardineshire. Among Aberdeen’s architectural highlights are the great medieval cathedral and burgh church of St Nicholas, the buildings of King’s College, and magnificent civic, commercial and domestic buildings of the Victorian and Edwardian age. In addition, the book showcases not only Aberdeenshire’s greatest houses and castles including Crathes, Craigievar and Balmoral, the royal family’s Scottish estate, but also buildings and monuments as varied in scale and type as prehistoric hillforts, Georgian town houses, rural churches, fishing lodges and textile mills.
 
Both volumes are comprehensively illustrated with specially commissioned colour photography.


 
 
 

 
 
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