Aberdeen is Scotland's third most populous city. It is rich in history from its maritime past of boat building and fishing industries, nowadays modernised with the growth of the Oil and Gas industries. Aberdeen has a number of pseudonyms which include the Granite City and the Silver City with the Golden Sands. During the mid-18th to mid-20th centuries, Aberdeen's buildings incorporated locally quarried grey granite, which can sparkle like silver due to its high mica content. Since the discovery of North Sea oil the 1970s, other names have been added such as the Oil Capital of Europe or the Energy Capital of Europe. The area around Aberdeen has been settled since at least 8,000 years ago, when prehistoric villages lay around the mouths of the rivers Dee and Don.
Arrival and Local Travel
Aberdeen Dyce Airport is approximately 30 minutes from the town centre and well connected with the main airports of Europe and the UK. Information on getting to and from the airport can be found here.
Link to Aberdeen City map here with Aberdeen Airport - top left
For train routes, timetables and prices please visit the National Rail website. If you are arriving at Aberdeen Train Station, you may wish to take a taxi to your accommodation.
Taxis can be ordered from:
- Rainbow/Bucksburn Taxis 01224 878787
- Comcabs 01224 353535
- Central Taxis 01224 898989
Whenever you visit, the weather in Aberdeen is likely to be very changeable. Glorious sunshine may turn to rain. Average temperatures in early Autumn are a comfortable 17ºC in September