|| Surrounded by sparkling
rivers, the North Sea and the breathtaking Grampian Highlands, Aberdeen
lies on the north east coast of Scotland, about 130 miles from Edinburgh.
Along with the glistening granite buildings, such as Marischal
for which it won the name the 'Granite City', Aberdeen is also
famous for its relationship with North Sea oil.
And you can discover how it won its title, the 'Oil Capital of
Europe', at the Aberdeen Maritime Museum [map],
which tells the story of the city's long relationship with the sea,
and houses a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fast sailing
ships, fishing and port history.
The city has a wide range of other attractions to tempt sightseers,
including His Majesty's Theatre [map],
Aberdeen Art Gallery [map],
the Tolbooth [map],
the Music Hall [map],
the Lemon Tree [map],
the Cathedral Church of St Andrew [map]
and the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre [map].
In addition to all this, Aberdeen's famous Granite Mile [map]
– Union Street – gives access to more than 800 shops,
restaurants and bars, while the city’s golden sands cater for
those looking for a beach holiday and the Duthie Park Winter Gardens
keeps flower-lovers busy for a day.
Aberdeen also makes an ideal base for exploring the Grampian Highlands’
beautiful castles, of which there are more than 350 to choose
from, including Dunnottar Castle [map],
a dramatic ruin where the 1990 film version of Hamlet, starring Mel
Gibson, was filmed.
You could also visit one of the many whisky distilleries on the Whisky
Trail, take part in snow sports at the Garthee Sports and Alpine
Adventure Park [map],
or catch some Scottish Premier League football action at Pittodrie
stadium, home to Aberdeen FC [map].
Add to all this an array of chic bars and
nightclubs, including Beluga [map],
a wide selection of restaurants,
such as the hugely popular Stage Door Restaurant [map],
and of course the 70 golf courses in and around Aberdeen, and you’ll
find the Granite City has all you need for a day, week, or month-long
break to remember.
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