Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city, also known as the ‘Grey City’ thanks to its historic grey granite quarries. The discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970 skyrocketed the city to off-shore oil capital status. As such its commercial heliport is the busiest in the country, and its seaport is the largest in the North-East of Scotland. Aberdeen lies at the mouths of the rivers Dee and Don – with a long, sandy coastline. It was also granted ‘Royal Burgh’ status in the early 1100s, a decision that has had a significant economic impact for years to come.
Cosmopolitan and rich with intriguing historical architecture and artefacts, Aberdeen is pretty and picturesque – flanked by stretches of green space beside the riverbanks. It is the fourth most liveable city in Great Britain – an accolade shared only by a small few in Scotland. Boutiques and eateries are abundant in the city centre, as are theatres and concert halls hosting local shows and world-famous plays. Aberdeen has also won Britain in Bloom a record-breaking ten times – with over 45 parks and gardens throughout the city. Shoppers can browse at Bon Accord, The Trinity Centre and Union Square Shopping Centre.
Aberdeen is a leading commercial hub in the UK – largely thanks to its status as one of the nation’s eight ‘super cities’ accelerating economic growth. It was also voted as the best place to start a business in 2018. It also boasts two universities – Aberdeen University and Robert Gordon University. Rail links to major cities in the north and south are numerous – and the city can also be reached via road.