|At first glance this is a thoroughly grey city. Look beneath the surface, though, and it is uniquely fascinating. Known as the ‘Granite City’ thanks to the grey stone used in many buildings, it has terraced gardens, flower-decked parks – it’s famous for its displays of roses – and a skyline dotted with sky-touching spires, the most notable of which is the 195ft tower of St Nicholas Church. The city is famous for golf and is a popular seaside resort with two miles of golden beaches.|
|Lying at the mouth of the salmon rivers Don and Dee, it has an ‘old’ part containing fine architecture and the twin-spired 15th century cathedral of St Machar. Founded by the saint in 580AD, Aberdeen was called Devana by the Romans and was granted a royal charter in 1179 by King William the Lion. Within 200 years it was a prosperous port dealing in cargoes such as fish, wool and timber.|
Its great castle was destroyed in 1308 when supporters of Robert the Bruce evicted a garrison of English troops. The city itself was burned down by Edward lll, resulting in a ‘new Aberdeen’ with a thriving harbour.