Introduction of Aberdeen
Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in this world. Here in this heavenly country there is this city known as Aberdeen. Aberdeen is situated in North Eastern Scotland, astride the rivers Dee and Don. When vacationing in Scotland, visit to Aberdeen is a must, according to a survey it is the 56th most live-able city in the world plus the fourth most live-able city in UK.
The city is also called the Silver City because the buildings of this city are made up of grey colored granite which emit light like silver because of the presence of high mica content in them. Riding a hot air balloon is the best way to see the city and its beautiful castles. Aberdeen has long been famous for its citywide floral displays which include three million crocuses, eleven million daffodils and two million roses. The city has won the Scotland in Bloom competition twenty times and the Britain in Bloom 'Best City' award of the Royal Horticultural Society ten times. For those interested in naval history, the Aberdeen Maritime Museum is a must visit. It includes an 8.5-metre-high (28 ft) model of the Murchison oil production platform and a 19th-century assembly taken from Rattray Head lighthouse.
Things to do in Aberdeen
Aberdeen enjoys a mixed climate because of its long sandy coastline and it generally gets cooler in the nights. Best time to visit this city is from June to September. However, if you are fond of art and drama, the best time of visiting would be July and August as around this time they have the Aberdeen Youth Festival which showcases some amazing talents in the field of dance, art, music, theater and oodles of entertainment that lasts for ten days. During this weather Aberdeen is always thronging with visitors as it gives tourists a wide range of activities to choose from, water activities such as boating, canoeing, water surfing, white water rafting, sailing and sea kayaking are very popular amongst adventure lovers. Rock climbing, hill walking, abseiling, cycling and mountain biking are the other activities on your trip to Aberdeen. Travelers who enjoy camping can form a day's excursion to the Grampian Mountains which is a treat for anyone who is fond of trekking.
Staying and Eating in Aberdeen
Staying in Aberdeen is never a problem as it has everything for everyone ranging from deluxe hotels to budget hotels. Central Aberdeen is the main area where most of the hotels are located. If your pocket is not allowing deluxe range then you can consider the hotels in mid segment which also offer plush environs at decent prices. Eating in Aberdeen is not a mammoth task as there are a plethora of restaurants to choose from. Aberdeen has a wide selection of food both from land and sea including fish, shellfish, lamb, beef, fruit and vegetables as well as cheese and dairy products. You will find everything in the city from country style cafes to grand restaurants offering all kinds of cuisines- French, Indian, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Spanish and many more mouth-watering dishes. The city Aberdeen has given its name to a butter known as Aberdeen Butter it is also known as “Rowie”.
Shopping and Souvenirs
Aberdeen is considered to be the shopping center for the whole of the North East of Scotland. The city ranks third in Scotland for shopping. It is actually a shopper’s haven. Union Street and the George Street have been the traditional shopping areas but with a number of new shopping malls the shopping pattern has changed to an extent. The Academy Shopping Centre, The St Nicholas Centre and the Trinity Centre are malls that have bring in some of the most sought after brands and provide shopping with a different experience. Much of the city’s nightlife is around the area by union Street. Aberdeen has a cosmopolitan mix of bars and nightclubs which cater to the student population as well as the tourist that come here for work purposes. Frankenstein's and Slain's Castle are the places where you will mostly find the young crowd bustling but if you are looking out for something more traditional Prince of Wales is the perfect place to go.
Flights to Aberdeen
Aberdeen airport(ABR) at Dyce is an international airport, with flights coming from Amsterdam, Bergen, Copenhagen, France, Germany Spain, Belgium, Austria, Ireland and a few other European countries. Aberdeen railway station is on the main UK rail network. There are six major roads in and out of the city. Exploring Aberdeen is not difficult as there are various means of transportation which are handy. One could hire a car to move about freely around the place whenever required. Also, there is a day bus ticket option that allows passengers to travel unlimited from the time of purchase until midnight. All in all, Aberdeen is a great place to visit.