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Peterhead - Aberdeen Highlights and Time at Leisure

Aberdeen is quintessentially northern, a maritime city with a story going back to its foundations as a royal burgh in 1124. In olden times, the city had strong trading links with Scandinavia and the Low Countries across the North Sea. Then its maritime story moves on to the building of fast clipper-ships, to take tea home from India.

Aberdeen has one of the most distinctive townscapes in Scotland, thanks to the use of silver granite. This durable stone, quarried locally, was used, from the 18th century onward to shape downtown Aberdeen, in glittering spires, parapets, blocks and bold columns.

In sunshine, the granite’s embedded mica chips act like millions of tiny mirrors, adding a distinctive sparkle to the handsome buildings.

Since 1494 when King’s College was founded, its elegant crown spire has been a local landmark. A century later, Marischal College was founded, the two colleges combining to form Aberdeen University in 1860. Aberdeen’s Pubs and restaurants take many themes and embrace a range of cuisine, from traditional Scottish to eastern and exotic.

Though Aberdeen wears a cosmopolitan air it has another important role as a centre for rural Aberdeenshire, and offers a wide choice of shopping facilities. There are at least six indoor shopping malls or centres, including the St. Nicholas and Bon-Accord Centres, but also more traditional shopping streets, around the west end of Union Street.

Please also refer to Aberdeen for tours available from Peterhead (requiring a small adjustment to timings)
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Tours in Peterhead

Aberdeen Highlights and Time at Leisure

Ports in Scotland

Aberdeen
Anstruther
Ayr
Campbeltown
Dundee
Edinburgh
Greenock
Holy Loch
Inverary
Invergordon
Iona & Staffa
Kirkwall
Lerwick
Mull
Oban
Peterhead
Portree
Scrabster
Stornoway
Ullapool
Thanks to Scottish Viewpoint,Royal Yacht Britannia and Historic Scotland for images