Aberdeen is Scotland’s third most heavily populated city with just over 200,000 people. There is evidence of human habitation in Aberdeen for the past eight thousand years, the earliest charter was in 1179 from William the Lion and the city was named a Royal Burgh by Robert the Bruce in 1319. Burgh status significantly changed Aberdeen ad led to significant growth in the economy of the area and made it financially independent with a growing number of property owners. Aberdeen has a sandy coastline and since the discovery of North Sea oil in the nineteen seventies has been dubbed the oil capital of Europe.

Aberdeen has long been a centre of learning and the University of Aberdeen was first established in 1495, the city gained a second in 1992 when they named the Robert Gordon University. After the Battle of Aberdeen in 1644 the city was taken by British royalist troops. At the end of the eighteenth century the city began major road and street improvements and by the start of the nineteenth century, King Street, Union Street and George Street were all finished. The part of the city known as Old Aberdeen still has separate charter status, despite the fact that the city was incorporated in 1891.

The city’s traditional industries of paper making, fishing and shipbuilding have all been overshadowed by the oil industry. Aberdeen seaport, which is the largest in the north of Scotland, and heliport are now among the busiest in the world Aberdeen is often referred to as the Granite City due to the proliferation of granite buildings from the eighteen century onwards. Union Street is the main street of Aberdeen and if you like architecture the town hall is situated along here, there are also enough churches in and around the city to satisfy that love of architecture.

The Provost Ross’s house is the oldest dwelling in the city and dates back to 1593, the building still has a lot of its original medieval style and the ceilings, kitchen and fireplaces are all original. If you want to know about Aberdeen’s maritime history then the Maritime Museum tells the story from the old clipper ships to the technology used for gas and oil exploration. The main collection of the University of Aberdeen, including Scottish history and fine art among other things is held at the Marischal Museum.

Getting in, out and around Aberdeen is not too hard, Aberdeen Airport in the north of the city serves both domestic and international destinations and there are regular trains in and out of the city and a good local bus service. There are a number of things worth seeing in the city besides those mentioned above and if you are staying in the area for a while you will also find that Aberdeen offers a number of parks and open spaces as well as floral displays in and around the city. Duthie Park opened in 1899 on the north bank of the River Dee.and Hazlehead Park some years later.