[Union Street]

Aberdeen - nickname: the Granite City. Famous (with good reason) for its oil, cold wind and incomprehensible accents, Scotland's 3rd largest settlement might not sound like a promising place to visit for the uninitiated. But on a sunny day, grey buildings transform to give the city its other name: "the silver city with the golden sands". Several parts of Aberdeen - Castlegate, Marischal College and Old Aberdeen to name a few - sparkle when blessed by blue skies, which are more common than you might think: this is one of the sunniest parts of the country. The main shopping district clusters around wide, traffic-choked Union Street and newer Union Square. The latter is adjacent to a bustling harbour adjoining the mouth of the River Dee. North from here is the jewel in Aberdeen's crown: a wonderful sandy beach, with the tiny fishing village of Footdee (pronounced Fittie) squeezed onto the neck of land in between. There's plenty to explore here - all listed below - just wrap up warm if the wind's coming off the North Sea (umbrella? Forget about it...).

[Edward VII statue, Union Street (December 2016)]

📌 Aberdeen ★☆☆
Location (junction of Union Street and Market Street): G.R.: NJ 942062 ///slang.stones.craft

[Marischal College is an amazing building, now Aberdeen City council's HQ (14/12/16)]

Within walking distance

📌 Aberdeen Art Gallery ★☆☆
Description: Large gallery, founded in 1884, showcasing a wide range of art - currently undergoing major redevelopment.
Location: Schoolhill, city centre, G.R.: NJ 939064 ///submit.range.tins
Open (2019): Currently closed for refurbishment - due to reopen autumn 2019
Cost: Free

📌 Aberdeen Maritime Museum ★☆☆
Description: Excellent museum about the city's seagoing history - including oil, fishing and shipbuilding - housed in a part modern, part historic building close to the city centre.
Location: Shiprow, city centre, G.R.: NJ 944062 ///leap.lately.laser
Open (2019): Daily
Cost: Free

📌 Footdee ☆☆☆
Description: Beautiful fishing suburb which feels like a standalone village, with picturesque rows of old cottages.
Location: G.R.: NJ 958057 ///crowd.look.puddles

>> Provost Skene's House (not yet visited)

📌 Queen's Links ★☆☆
Description: Aberdeen's superb sandy beach, stretching for 2 miles between the Don and Dee river mouths.
Location (middle section by Codona's amusement park): Esplanade, 20-min walk east of the centre, G.R.: NJ 955066 ///skirt.snow.tune

📌 Tolbooth Museum ☆☆☆
Description: 17th century jail right in the city centre: crime and punishment displays, lots of narrow staircases.
Location: Castle Street, city centre, G.R.: NJ 944063 ///order.starts.basin
Open (2019): Daily
Cost: Free

[Aberdeen beach (18/9/11)]


>> Aberdeen green spaces page: Duthie Park ★☆☆; Hazlehead Park ★☆☆; Johnston Gardens ★★☆☆; Seaton Park ★☆☆

📌 Girdle Ness ☆☆☆
Description: Rocky headland with lighthouse and excellent views of the sea and Aberdeen harbour.
Location: Greyhope Road, 2 miles east of the centre, G.R.: NJ 972053 ///codes.span.hiking

📌 St Machar's Cathedral ★☆☆
Description: Beautiful Church of Scotland cathedral with parts dating to the 1100's, hidden away in the city's old town.
Location: The Chanonry, 2 miles north of the centre, G.R.: NJ 939088 ///slam.marked.gently
Open (2019): Daily
Cost: Free

>> Walk: Kincorth Hill - Granite City back garden ☆☆☆
>> King's College (Aberdeen) (not yet featured)
>> The Gordon Highlanders Museum (not yet featured)

📌 Zoology Museum ☆☆☆
Description: The University of Aberdeen's interesting collections of stuffed animals, bones and related material.
Location: Tillydrone Avenue, 2 miles north of the centre, G.R.: NJ 937085 / backup goats risk
Open (2019): Weekdays
Cost: Free

[View of the city from Kincorth Hill (25/9/11)]


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