Aberdeen Guide

Aberdeen is known as the Granite City or the Silver City due to the large number of granite buildings in the city which can sparkle when the sun is shining – it is sunny sometimes! The locally quarried granite was used a lot in the 18th and 19th century to build most of Aberdeen’s impressive buildings, plus Aberdeen granite was used in the building of many important buildings elsewhere, such as The British Museum, Waterloo Bridge and The Houses of Parliament and the Forth Rail Bridge.

Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city, with a population of over 200,000 people. The city is situated between the Don and Dee rivers, and enjoys wonderful golden beaches between the two river mouths.



Aberdeen has a long and fascinating history. There has been human settlement in Aberdeen for more than 8,000 years and the city received its first charter in the 12th century. The city’s location on the coast, on lowlands and next to the Highlands made the city an strategic site in Scotland’s history. Over the centuries Aberdeen’s economy has been powered by the fishing, agricultural, ship-building and paper-making industries. However, since the 1970s Aberdeen has seen a huge increase in prosperity and development after the discovery of North Sea oil and gas. Aberdeen today has very low unemployment levels and a high-standard of living for many.

Aberdeen and the towns of surrounding Aberdeenshire are regularly selected as some of the most livable places in the world, due to the areas prosperity, beautiful countryside and focus on education.

Aberdeen is very much a university city, with tow of its own leading universities. The University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495, and The Robert Gordon University became a new University in 1992, although its origins are from the 1700s. Aberdeen College, Scotland’s largest further education colleges, has also played a major role in the education of the local young, and old, people.



Aberdeen hosts the International Youth Festival every August, where thousands of young performers from all of the arts are invited to the city to entertain the local and international crowds. The festival is now in its 40th year and is proving more popular than ever.

Aberdeen is the shopping hub for the North east of Scotland and beyond – Aberdeen ferry terminal brings shoppers in from Orkney and Shetland. The city offers many exclusive luxury shops, boutique retailers and high street brands. Aberdeen is also a large entertainment and recreation centre. His Majesty’s Theatre, The Music Hall, The Lemon Tree, and the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre are three of the largest venues in the city to host performances from the best in UK and international talent. Aberdeen city centre is where you will find literally hundreds of pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels, catering for all tastes and budgets.

The Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC) is the city’s leading venue for conferences, meetings, exhibitions, parties, exhibitions and music. In addition to hosting some of the world’s most important energy conferences, the AECC attracts some of the biggest names in music to its stages.

Another large venue in Aberdeen is Pittodrie Stadium, home of the might Aberdeen FC, or The Dons as they are known locally. The Dons have been playing football, in one style or another, since 1903.Aberdeen FC’s most successful period was in the 1980s when they were under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson. Fergie and his young team of locals achieved European glory in 1983 when they beat the giants of Real Madrid to win the European Cup Winners Cup, and set the city into a frenzy. Aberdeen FC have remained in the top flight of Scottish Football throughout their distinguished history. Pittodrie Stadium is also a major venue for conferences, exhibitions, meetings and parties in the city.



The area surrounding Aberdeen is called Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire is a large county that spreads from Laurencekirk in the south to Braemar in the west, Portsoy in the north and Fraserburgh in the east. Where Aberdeen sis a bustling granite city, Aberdeenshire is green countryside, interspersed with market and fishing villages. Aberdeenshire is famous for many things including, Aberdeen Angus beef, malt whisky, affordable golf courses, historic castles, the Grampian Mountains and friendly locals!

By visiting Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire you will experience and unique part of Scotland full of history, beauty, and entertainment.