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Sometimes known as the "Granite City" after the locally mined stone used in many of its buildings, Aberdeen is the third largest city in Scotland in the UK. As of 2005, Aberdeen had an estimated population of 202,370.

Key Facts About Aberdeen

Here are some key facts about Aberdeen:
  1. Aberdeen is Scotland's third largest city.

  2. Aberdeen is located in northern Scotland between the mouths of the River Dee and the River Don.

  3. People from Aberdeen are called Aberdonians.

  4. Aberdeen has a number of traditional nicknames:

    • The Granite City

    • The Grey City

    • The Silver City with Golden Sands

    All the nicknames refer that many of the cities buildings (especially those built between the mid 18th century and the mid 20th century) were at least partially constructed from locally quarried grey granite (grey granite sometimes appears to sparkle due to the high mica content).

  5. Aberdeen has been an important center of the oil industry since the discovery of North Sea Oil in the 1970s.

    As a result, Aberdeen has acquired some newer nicknames referring to this fact:

    • The Oil Capital of Europe

    • The Energy Capital of Europe

  6. Today, the oil industry is the dominant industry in the city. Traditional industries also include fishing, paper-making, shipbuilding, and textiles.

  7. Aberdeen is home to one of the busiest commercial heliports in the world, and Northeast Scotland's busiest seaport - largely due to the oil industry.

  8. Aberdeen is also a major educational center, being home to two major universities: the University of Aberdeen, and The Robert Gordon University.

  9. Since 2010, Aberdeen has hosted the Aberdeen International Youth Festival each year. This is a festival of youth arts which attracts over 1,000 young people.

  10. Aberdeen has won the Britain in Bloom (a horticultural competition organized by the Royal Horticultural Society), a record 10 times.

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Fodor's Scotland (Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Inc Staff Fodor s Travel Publications
Released: 2016-04-19
Paperback (536 pages)

Fodor s Scotland (Travel Guide)
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

Scotland offers astonishing variety: its iconic lochs and mountains, as well as lively cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow, have strong allure. St. Andrews is a pilgrimage for golfers; castles dot the country; and whisky distilleries are gaining popularity. Scotland's customs and products--from tartans to tweeds--are known worldwide, but there's nothing like experiencing them firsthand.

This travel guide includes:
· Dozens of maps
· An 8-page color insert with a brief introduction and spectacular photos that capture the top experiences and attractions throughout Scotland
· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path
· Major sights such as The Calanais Standing Stones, Tobermory, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, and Kelvingrove
· Coverage of Edinburgh and the Lothians, Glasgow, The Borders and the Southwest, Fife and Angus, The Central Highlands, Aberdeen and the Northeast, Argyll and the Isles, Inverness and Around the Great Glen, The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland Islands



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This book takes the reader on a photographic journey around Scotland's 'Granite City' Aberdeen. Newly updated this edition features an extra 16 pages and a total of 116 pictures many of which have been taken specifically for this book. All of the city's main attractions are featured in this ideal pick up souvenir for visitors to Aberdeen.

Aberdeen (Scotland) - Wink Travel Guide

By Wink Travel Guide

Independently published
Paperback (25 pages)

Aberdeen (Scotland) - Wink Travel Guide
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Aberdeen is the third-largest city in Scotland, United Kingdom. Although remote by UK standards, this is no backwater; Aberdeen is a prosperous and cosmopolitan city (partly due to North Sea oil) and is characterised by its grand and ornate architecture.

Most buildings are constructed out of granite quarried in and around the city, and as a result, Aberdeen is often referred to as The Granite City. It is also known for its many outstanding parks, gardens and floral displays throughout the city, and for its long, sandy beach.

It is a great place to stop for a couple of days on a tour of Scotland, and especially good as a base for exploring the wider region to take advantage of the castles, golf, whisky distilleries, scenery, mountains (including skiing and snowboarding), coast and other attractions in Aberdeenshire and Royal Deeside.

Wink Travel Guides introduce you to the best world travel destinations, in a clear and concise way, illustrated by photos.

Aberdeen: Granite City Scotland Planner Calendar Organizer Daily Weekly Monthly [Year Below]

By DMS Books

Independently published
Paperback (110 pages)

Aberdeen: Granite City Scotland Planner Calendar Organizer Daily Weekly Monthly [Year Below]
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You'll love this Aberdeen 2020 Planner

  • Amazing quality book that makes an ideal gift for friends and family.
  • Perfect book to write in daily, take notes and jot down ideas.
  • 110 lightly-lined writing pages provide plenty of writing and doodle space.
  • Compact size: 6'' wide x 9'' high; fits in most purses, backpacks, and totes.
  • Acid-free archival-quality paper takes pen or pencil beautifully.
  • Durable matte, sturdy paperback cover, perfectly bound, for an expert finish.
  • The cover is professionally designed and the interior is high quality 60# stock.

DMS Books prides itself on providing a wide variety of useful journals, notebooks and diaries for every occasion. This design is also available with plain lined, Cornell note taking system, college ruled, dot grid, story board, planner, calendar and doodle sketchbook interiors... plus many more.  Please enjoy your purchase. xxx

Top 20 Places to Visit in Scotland - Top 20 Scotland Travel Guide (Includes Edinburgh, Glasgow, Isle of Skye, Aberdeen, Loch Ness, Inverness, Dundee, & More) (Europe Travel Series Book 25)

By Atsons

Released: 2015-04-20
Kindle Edition (47 pages)

Top 20 Places to Visit in Scotland - Top 20 Scotland Travel Guide (Includes Edinburgh, Glasgow, Isle of Skye, Aberdeen, Loch Ness, Inverness, Dundee, & More) (Europe Travel Series Book 25)
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Are You Ready to Discover & Explore Scotland?

“Top 20 Places to Visit in Scotland” is an easy to use, no-nonsense travel guide showing you the 20 best destinations Scotland has to offer. Packed full of interesting and useful information for each place, this Scotland travel guide is the ultimate travel accessory for discovering this incredible country!

Inside Atsons “20 Places to Visit in Scotland”:

  • Scotland’s top 20 best places to visit listed in order of importance.
  • High quality photos of the top 20 places.
  • Easy to digest descriptions of every place.
  • Essential historical information to provide you with a better understanding of each destination.
  • Recommendations of attractions and activities to give you a better visiting experience.
  • The best places to visit include Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Fort William, and the Isle of Skye.

“Top 20 Places to Visit in Scotland” Travel Guide features:

  • Easy Navigation: Effortlessly jump from one attraction to another using the interactive contents.
  • Add notes to the guide for a more personal guidebook.
  • Use bookmarks to save your favourite pages.
  • A Map of Scotland showing the location of every destination.


There are lots of travel guides for Scotland, why should I get this one?
If you are looking for an easy-to-read and straight-to-the-point Scotland travel guide, then this is for you. All the destinations listed contain high quality pictures, historical and background information, attractions and activities, and are listed in order of importance ensuring you’ll know exactly which place you want to visit when discovering Scotland!

I’ve never been to Scotland, will this guide help me?
If you’ve never visited Scotland or plan on visiting but don’t know where to go then this Scotland travel guide is the perfect starting point. Scotland has so many interesting and unique places that it can often be difficult to decide where you want to go. This guide is here to help you with that decision by giving you 20 breathtaking destinations to choose from, with the added bonus of the guide being a top 20 list so you'll know exactly where to start your journey.


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