A guide to: Aberdeen

Ever considered living in Scotland? How about Aberdeen? With its distinct

architecture, Aberdeen is often referred to as the ‘Granite city’ because

literally everything is made from Granite. Normally you would associate

this type of architecture with a boring and depressing environment, but

Aberdeen makes a big exception. Due to the city being heavily invested in

the oil and gas industry, Aberdeen has tonnes of vacancies for skilled

work, perfect for expats!

Even though you could consider Aberdeen a small city, it’s nightlife would

make you think your partying in London or Manchester! You’ll have no

problem finding somewhere to go for every night of the week. Be warned

though, Aberdeen may have amazing historical architecture, but the

cobbled streets are a nightmare to walk through in heels so be extra

careful ladies.

If you’ve got some more cash to spend, take it down to the many shops

Aberdeen has to offer! Trinity Shopping Centre, Union square, Union street

and Bon accord each offer a wide-ranging shopping experience to suit

anyone.  If you find yourself feeling a bit peckish, why not visit the

international continental street market on Union terrace just off Union


Thanks to its position being next to the coast, Aberdeen can get rather

windy some days. “rather” meaning that gales and storms aren’t

uncommon so be sure to wrap up when venturing out! Don’t worry,

temperatures rise back up to 20s during July with a great 18 hours of

daylight to play with. With all that daylight you can get so much done,

luckily Aberdeen is renowned for having the best of both worlds for either

its go-getter or people who just prefer a quieter life. The city offers

fantastic mountain climbing and peaceful walk along the coast. Don’t let

those strong winds get in the way of your golf shot though! With over 50

golf courses nearby Aberdeen boasts a long list of prestigious golf courses

such as Cruden Bay and Aboyne Golf Club

Aberdeen may have its name of the ‘Granite City’ but did you know that

over a quarter of the place is actually open space? Then it will come as no

surprise that Aberdeen has won Britain in the Bloom for an amazing 10

times, a record! If it’s a sunny day take a visit to one of Aberdeen’s

diverse variety parks such as the 44-acre Duthie park or the city centre

Union Terrace gardens.  

Other areas such as St Cyrus Beach, which has become a common

destination for its popular recreational sports, offer a great place to take

the children. However, it would be a massive waste not to take them to

see the historic castles such as Dunnottar and Fyvie Castle, that only

require a short car journey to get to them.  Combine all these with the

hundreds of walking trails to explore and you can certainly make a fun

day out of it.