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Known as the Granite City

Aug 17, 2007
The development of the shipbuilding and fishing industries in the 19th century, increased the economic importance of Aberdeen and led to the habours today the Victoria Dock, the South Breakwater and the extension to the North Pier. It is known as the Granite City and it stands on a magnificent site between the rivers Dee and Don facing out over the sea.

With the discovery of significant oil in the North Sea during the late 20th Century, Aberdeen became the centre of Europes petroleum industry. It has the second largest heliport in the world and an important service ship harbour port serving oil rigs off shore. Aberdeen is often called the Oil Capital of Europe.

One of the many buildings built with Rubislaw granite is The Clock Tower. The most striking thing about this is its architecture and its ubiquitous use of granite. For centuries this was the material from which the city was constructed buildings of all types, styles and periods, and even the roads and pavements, were built using it and a remarkable cohesiveness resulted.

Union Street, in the heart of cosmopolitan Aberdeen, and the main boulevard and the gateway to shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and cultural and leisure facilities along its Granite Mile and in adjacent streets. It is the main focus in a city which has over 800 shops, seven department stores and six indoor malls. The city centre has the highest car parking provision among Scotlands cities and the most extensive park and ride scheme in Scotland. Disabled drivers are very well catered for.

Three times a year Aberdeen also boasts a superb weekend International Street Market on Union Street and the surrounding streets, with over 60 stalls featuring crafts and quality food from all over Europe.

Aberdeen has a wonderful nightlife scene and most of the best nightclubs are all pretty close together, which means you have a varied choice and you can save money on taxi fares.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum is award winning museum of the North Sea including exhibitions, computer displays clipper ships and models on the offshore oil industry, fishing and ship building. Is also includes Provost Rosss house built in 1593.

Crathes castle the 3.75 acre walled garden incorporates herbaceous borders and many unusual plants, and provides a wonderful display at all times of the year. The great yew hedge, fascinating examples of the art of topiary, date from as early as 1702. In all, there are eight gardens with different characters and varied planting schemes, and a National collection of Malmaison Carnations
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Douglas Scott writes for The Cheap Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Scottish Rental Site
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