Cosmopolitan and vibrant, the city of Aberdeen in northeast Scotland has something for everyone. Known as the ‘Granite City’ because if it’s pristine and sparkling buildings, it offers a fantastic range of activities, cultural events, leisure facilities, shopping and entertainment venues. Aberdeen’s popularity can be seen in the results of many recent polls – among other things it’s been declared the best place to live in Scotland, the sunniest city in Scotland and one of the UK’s happiest cities. No wonder it’s such a sought-after destination for home-buyers!
Aberdeen is a shopper’s paradise. The main high street areas are Union Street and George Street, where you’ll find a huge range of major brands, eateries, pubs and independent stores. There are also no less than five shopping centres in the city, boasting some of the biggest designer and high street names. There are plenty of opportunities to shop local too, thanks to the many independent boutiques, crafts and vintage markets, and outdoor farmers’ markets.
Lots to do in the local area
One of the few large UK cities with a beach, Aberdeen is in the perfect location for you to enjoy the stunning coastlines of North East Scotland and the beautiful surrounding countryside. If you’re a lover of the outdoors there’s a wide range of leisure activities to get involved in, including windsurfing, kite surfing, hill walking, golf, and a little further afield, snow sports. The city also has a good range of indoor leisure centres and a thriving arts and theatre scene.
Aberdeen has long been famous for its numerous parks, gardens and floral displays. With six city parks, including Duthie Park and Hazlehead Park, seven local parks, 32 neighbourhood parks and many more green spaces around the city, it’s easy to while away a few hours enjoying a sense of space.
Great transport links
Aberdeen is well connected by road, rail and air. The city is approximately two and a half hours’ drive from Edinburgh, three hours from Glasgow and nine hours from London. The main roads in and out are the A96 which heads out west towards Inverurie, Elgin and Inverness and the A90 north towards Peterhead and south to Stonehaven and Dundee. Aberdeen airport has a wide range of domestic and international flights and is conveniently situated for those working in the oil and gas industry. Aberdeen train station links the city to the rest of the UK.
Good options for education
There is a strong educational community in Aberdeen (indeed, the students help to keep the city as lively as it is) with an impressive range of facilities including two universities - the ancient University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University. There are approximately 12 secondary schools and 54 primary schools run by the city council; the most notable are Aberdeen Grammar School, Harlaw Academy, Cults Academy and Oldmachar Academy.