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Aberdeen Mini Guide
Aberdeen is situated at the mouth of two major Scottish rivers, the Dee and the Don, in the north east of Scotland and is a thriving port. Although the city is far north it has good travel connections and Aberdeen Airport is only 12km from the city centre.
Car hire and taxis are available at the airport together with a good bus service. In fact a flight to London only takes one hour.
Aberdeen Railway Station is on the main UK rail network. It has direct connections to many major cities such as Edinburgh
There are a number of major roads into the city and the A90 is the main route from the north and south into the city. A ferry service operates to the Orkney and Shetland Islands and there is a good bus service in the city.
Aberdeen is known as the “Granite City” or “Silver City” due to the predominance of gleaming granite buildings. It is the third most populated city in Scotland. The city has a broad range of cultural activities and museums and art galleries. Cinemas and popular nightclubs are to be found in Aberdeen as well as His Majesty’s Theatre. The Aberdeen Music Hall and The Lemon Tree also provide excellent entertainment. There is a good range of first class restaurants and pubs, some of which also provide live music.
Aberdeen has many excellent parks and floral gardens. The city is renowned for its floral displays and has won the Britain in Bloom ‘Best City’ award on frequent occasions.
There are many leisure activities available including, tennis courts, The Beach Leisure Centre and swimming pools. Aberdeen F.C. is the city’s football team and plays at Pittordrie.
If you're a golf enthusiast, you can play at the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club.
The Grampian region and the North East of Scotland is a wonderful place to explore. Car hire is a great option to visit the many castles, the superb coastline, the Victorian heritage and the Malt Whisky trail.
- Aberdeen is one of the focal points for the 'Year of Creative Scotland 2012' and many of the city's creative institutions, including the university, have opened their doors to give visitors to chance to hone their creative skills under the auspices of top people in their creative fields
- Aberdeen hosts the International Youth Festival which includes twelve major events across sport, music, drama and art. With events throughout the summer, check out the festival website www.aiyf.org for details of events when you're in the city.