Aberdeen is perhaps best known as Europe’s North Sea oil capital but its traditional industries are fishing, paper-making, textiles and of course granite-quarrying. A stroll through the Conservation Area of Union Street where many of the buildings still have their original Regency elevations, and it’s easy to understand why this is the granite city.
The architecture of Aberdeen is both striking and impressive. The city’s Union Street, lined with granite-faced buildings, is a mile long and 70ft wide. Many architects have left their mark on Aberdeen but perhaps the most conspicuous was Archibald Simpson (1790-1847), the son of an Aberdeen merchant. His liking for the neo-classic style of architecture can be seen throughout Aberdeen, such as the Music Hall in Union Street.
The citizens of Aberdeen have a long and honourable history of supporting their cultural heritage and a visit to any of the city’s galleries or the museum is a memorable experience.
The city’s art gallery as work by an impressive range of artists including Aberdeen’s own William Dyce, Sir Edwin Landseer and D.G. Rossetti.
Whilst not suitable for everyone, if you are able to do the Oxen Craig and Mither Tap route, it’ll definitely be worth it. The circular trail takes on not one but two of Aberdeen’s highest peaks. You’ll want to pack a jumper though as it can get very cold at the top.