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Visit Aberdeen, the Granite City

May 27, 2008
Although the city of Aberdeen is now closely associated with the oil industry the city has an interesting and rather long history. Evidence shows that people have inhabited the area for some 8,000 years or more. Known as the "Granite City", and also as the "Silver City" or the "Silver City with the Golden Sands" Aberdeen is the third largest city in the nation of Scotland.

Aberdeen has a fascinating selection of museums and art galleries and other cultural tourist attractions but most people visit the city to indulge in the lively vibrant nightlife. For those looking for such entertainment Aberdeen has various classy restaurants and bistros, wild nightclubs, numerous cafes and bars and a varied selection of festivals. For the younger visitor there is the incredibly popular 2 mile beach with the usual selection of fairground rides and other seaside attractions.

It is along the Beach Esplanade that you will find the excellent House of Fun. The House of Fun is simply huge, spread over 2 floors you will find all the latest video games, hi-tech simulators, driving games etc. together with laser tag, the foam factory, the family amusement arcade and much more fun stuff for the kids.

As well as finding the usual gift and souvenir shops you will find an over 18 cash arcade and bingo. There are a few places to eat including the Central Park Deli and the Motown Bar. It is in the Motown Bar that the entertainment is a little more geared towards adults with a large television and a BBQ terrace. The Motown Bar is also a popular venue for live music.

Aberdeen has plenty to keep the keen shopper entertained with a number of malls and markets. The main shopping area can be found at Union Street but, if you enjoy shopping, you really need to visit the Bon Accord St Nicholas Shopping Centre which has a large number of shops on two levels. Other noteworthy shopping areas are The Academy and The Mall shopping centres.

The city of Aberdeen has a proud tradition in sporting excellence.

Typical of Scotland golf has been an important sport practiced in Aberdeen and the surrounding countryside. In 1780 the Society of Golfers at Aberdeen was founded making it the world's 6th oldest golf club. In 1815 the club changed it's name to Aberdeen Golf Club and in 1903, having been awarded Royal status, it became the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club. The club has two golf courses, the Balgownie Championship Links and the Silverburn Course. Aberdeen boasts a further six golf courses, all public, Auchmill Golf Course, Balnagask Golf Course, an 18-hole and a 6-hole golf course at King's Links and three Golf Courses at Hazlehead two of which are 18-hole and the other is a a 9-hole Pitch and Putt.

Aberdeen has some excellent sports facilities for various sports but soccer has for more than the last 100 years been one of the most popular. In 1903 the city's main soccer team, Aberdeen FC, was formed which has had some noteworthy successes, especially while Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson CBE was the manager.
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Margie Macleod writes about hotels in Aberdeen but also about the area she lives, especially about Harris self catering
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