Aberdeen, The Energy Capital of Europe has a rich and inspiring history. It boasts striking granite architecture, a multicultural demographic and dynamic modern arts scene. In 2012 HSBC named Aberdeen as a leading business hub and one of eight ‘super cities’ spear-heading the UK’s economy.
There are many reasons to visit Aberdeen for business or leisure; It’s Scotland’s third largest city, and the fourth most ‘liveable’ city in Britain (Mercer, 2012), and the weather is not as bad as people imagine! Also known as ‘The Silver City with the Golden Sands’, Aberdeen’s grey granite buildings are brought to life as the winners of Britain in Bloom a record-breaking 10 times. The city acts as a gateway to the north east coastline, home to beautiful sandy beaches and travel inland to the rugged and mystical Highlands, with only a 1h30mins drive to The Queen’s Summer Residence – the Balmoral Estate.
Aberdeenshire hosts 70 golf courses including the world famous Trump International Golf Links. Alternatively, follow the castle trail with thousands of castles and ruins to explore, or visit the many whisky distilleries and profit from the enviable amount of good quality restaurants and bars the city has to offer.
TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT
Aberdeen city centre is small enough to access the main attractions, shops, and restaurants by foot. Most amenities are within 20 minutes walking distance of each other. It’s a great way to see the city and take in some fresh sea air.
Aberdeen’s Rail Station is right in the heart of the city and has frequent services from cities all over the UK including London with East Coast Mainlines. I love taking the train between Aberdeen and Edinburgh, the coastal views are amazing!
Aberdeen’s brand new bus station, located close to the train station, also has frequent services connecting Aberdeen with the rest of the UK. Scottish Citylink connects more than 200 locations across Scotland.
Aberdeen Airport is one of the UK’s fastest growing airports and is located just 6 miles from the city centre. Aberdeen has direct air links with airports all over the UK and the rest of Europe. For a full list of the routes to Aberdeen Airport please visit the BAA Aberdeen Airport Website www.aberdeenairport.com/
Top Tip*** Taxis can be difficult to get in Aberdeen – I would recommend booking well in advance and if you are staying at a hotel, always ask the hotel reception to book for you – they know the times when it can be quicker to go to the nearest taxi rank. Taxi ranks outside the airport and train station are always well served.
If you want to get out of the city to see some castles, fishing villages or whisky distilleries – I would recommend hiring a car.
Aberdeen is a relatively safe city. Advice on personal safety would be the same as anywhere; Don’t walk on the street with mobile phone in hand, stick to well-lit areas, take taxis’ rather than walk home alone. On Friday and Saturday night Aberdeen has Street Wardens to ensure that everyone gets home safe and anti-social behaviour is kept to a minimum.
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