10 interesting facts about Aberdeen
Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city. It is situated in northeast Scotland, where the Dee and Don Rivers flow into the North Sea. We take a look at 10 interesting facts about Aberdeen.
Here are ten interesting facts about this fascinating city:
1. The Granite City is nicknamed after its buildings
Aberdeen is often referred to as the Granite City, because more than half of its buildings are built from Aberdeen’s Rubislaw Quarry granite. Until its decline in the mid-20th century, the quarry exported granite all over Britain.
2. This is a record number of whisky distillers
The Aberdeen area has the largest number of whiskey distilleries of any whisky producing area in Scotland. Many of the 17 distilleries are open to visitors.
3. Donald Trump loves Aberdeen’s landscapes
Controversial US president Donald Trump fell in love with Aberdeenshire’s coastline and landscape so much that he built a Golf Links and Hotel in Aberdeen. Trump’s mother’s was born in Scotland.
4. 10% of Britain’s stone circles are in Aberdeenshire
About one in ten of Britain’s stone circles are located in the county. A unique feature is the recumbent stone circles, which feature one stone on its side flanked by two upright ones.
5. Its oil industry predicted to last
Aberdeen used to be known as the energy city because of its booming offshore oil industry. With the price of oil down, the industry is in crisis, but many are optimistic that the price will change and Aberdeen will continue to have a successful oil industry.
6. Cairngorms National park is twice the size of the Lake District
Cairngorms National Park near Aberdeen has five of the UK’s six highest mountains. The park is twice the size of the Lake District and features huge forests, waterfalls and abundant wildlife.
7. University of Aberdeen hosts European Researchers Night
The University of Aberdeen is hosting Scotland’s European Researchers Night for the next two years. Popularly known as ‘EXPLORATHON’, the event brings together students, pupils, researchers and members of the public to celebrate the best of innovation, research and development from Scotland’s universities.
8. Ruud Gullet supports Aberdeen
Next on our '10 interesting facts about Aberdeen' list is Dutch footballer and manager Ruud Gullet was recently asked who his toughest opponent was. He replied that is was Aberdeen football legend Willie Miller. He also revealed that Aberdeen Football Club was his favourite Scottish team.
9. Brig o’Balgownie is Scotland’s oldest bridge
The Brig o’Balgowne near Seaton Park is Aberdeen’s and Scotland’s oldest bridge. Construction started in the late 13th century and was competed in 1320.
10. There are more than 70 golf courses within an hour of the Hallmark Hotel Aberdeen Airport
Golf lovers should stay at the Hallmark Hotel Aberdeen Airport because there are over 70 golf clubs within an hour’s travel. Non-golf lovers visiting Aberdeen or staying overnight before a flight, will find that the Hallmark Hotel Aberdeen Airport is the best place to stay in Aberdeen. The hotel features 212 beautiful bedrooms and has a brasserie-style restaurant that serves the best of modern European and British cuisine. The hotel is a popular venue for business meetings, conferences and team-building events.
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