Located at Scotland’s magnificent north-east coastline, Aberdeen, Scotlands third largest city is packed full of surprises and thus “The Granite City” has way more to offer than obvious grey buildings.
However, the nickname is caused by the cities scenery of various grey buildings. Even though the greyness might appear dull to some people, the beauty will emerge as soon as sunrays pervade the city. Due to the high mica content, the grey changes into shiny silver as soon as the sun is shining on the buildings. And since Aberdeen is one of the sunniest cities in Scotland, this beautiful observation can be noted quite often.
In order to complete the fascinating sunny experience, the city has more than 45 parks and gardens waiting for you in which you can gaze at more than two million roses and 11 million daffodils while enjoying each sunray to the fullest.
A bit further out of the city, the Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail offers magnificent landscapes including dramatic clifftops, paradise beaches, and magical coves. The wildlife, as well as the flora, is more than diverse and not only the countryside will amaze you with its stunning grassland. Depending on the season, you might discover mink whales, dolphins or porpoises nearby the cliffs in the sea. Many further spectacular natural phenomena can be discovered along the coast. For instance, the famous “Bullers Of Buchan”, a unique collapsed sea cave forming, which is only 25 miles north from Aberdeen.
You are not that much interested in landscapes and you have a greater passion for the tasty sides of life? Let’s say, Aberdeen won’t disappoint the Foodies among us either. Mouthwatering Scottish cuisine is offered everywhere. Dishes like the traditional “Cullen Skink” (a smoked haddock soup) or the famous dessert “Cranachan” are proudly made out of local ingredients at every corner and will give you fantastic insights into the Scottish kitchen. Further, you can book one of the plenty offered Whisky-Tours, which show you the best distilleries around Aberdeen and let you discover the magical world of Whisky.
Nevertheless, Aberdeen is not only a beautiful city for a vacation but also one of the most liveable cities in the world. In 2015 the city was defined as the 57th most liveable city. Also, many young people who are studying at either the University of Aberdeen or the Robert Gordon University call the city in the north-east of Scotland their home.
Has this stirred up your wanderlust and you want to discover Aberdeen yourself? Lucky you, one of the best times to visit Scottland is just around the corner. Since spring is enchanting the whole country, late March is described as one of the best moths therefor.
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