Situated between two rivers as the gateway to the North Sea, the fishing and oil industries have made Aberdeen wealthy. The harbour is very busy with ships from around the world coming in to work. When you get flights to Aberdeen, it’s worth going on a boat tour to get a sense of the scale and impact of this important port. If you’re touring in the late afternoon, you may even be lucky enough to spot dolphins coming into the quay.
Aberdeen is known as “The Granite City” because the buildings here are almost entirely made from this distinctive stone retrieved from an old local quarry. Union Street is the “Granite Mile” and is full of the city’s architectural history, with the intriguing former church The College Bar at the west end, and the ornate Citadel at the east. There are plenty of walking tours that can show you everything and all between. Head over to nearby Broad Street to see Marischal College, which was completed in the late 19th century and is the second-largest granite building in the world.
Although the city has many attractions, some people get cheap flights to Aberdeen to sample the numerous golf courses that are situated on the periphery of the city. There are four big links along the coast, including Kings Links, Murcar Links and Royal Aberdeen Golf Club. Nearest to the city, Nigg Bay Golf Club offers excellent views of the harbour and the bay as you tee off.