Granite City, The Flower of Scotland, The Silver
City by the Golden Sands
Aberdeen wears its
titles with pride. A prosperous cosmopolitan city,
with a historical old town, Aberdeen has one of
Scotlands most striking skylines. Here is
a quintessentially northern city, whose granite
makes buildings sparkle after rain; whose outlook
is across the seas rather than to the Central
Belt; and whose speech retains the Scots idiom
as part of everyday communication.
The granite buildings such as Marishal College,
His Majestys Theatre and St. Machars
Cathedral give the city its distinctive look,
whilst historical Old Aberdeen and the fishing
village of Footdee, have an incredible air of
time gone by.
things dont change. You cannot escape the sea
here, not since it was founded as a Royal burgh back
in 1124. The influence of the harbour is everywhere
(as are the gulls!), and the harvest of the North Sea
continues. Where once streamlined clipper ships left
the slipways for the China tea trade, now oil executives
from all over the world drive to their comfortable homes
in the suburbs.
has won the Britain in Bloom competition
many times and has taken its floral pulling power
on to the European stage. The statistics are all
there: two million roses, eleven million daffodils,
three million crocuses.
You get the picture. Where other cities resort
to grass, Aberdeen employs petal-power. One top
attraction is the Winter Gardens in the Duthie
Park, home to the stunning Rose Mountain. Even
in the depths of winter, the aptly-named Winter
Gardens provide colour and scent. At two acres
(one hectare), it provides what some say is the
largest area under glass in Europe.
City of Aberdeen with a proud and fascinating
history presents a modern cosmopolitan image to
visitors. A thriving cultural calendar, lively
theatre, and vibrant nightlife, along with excellent
restaurants and attractions makes Aberdeen an
energising city break choice.