Aberdeen is an imposing historical university city set on the north-east coast of Scotland. The city’s impressive architecture is predominantly made from granite, renowned for its durability, which sparkles in the sun and has led it to be famously referred to as ‘The Granite City’.
Striking Victorian homes can be found throughout the city, and areas of particular prestige include Old Aberdeen in the north and Cults and Bieldside in the southwest. Aberdeen is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city which is renowned for its place in the oil and gas industry and is home to many international residents.
The city itself, with its setting on the coast and its magnificent architecture and cultural scene offers a huge amount by way of lifestyle, and the surrounding areas provide some of Scotland’s most spectacular rural opportunities.
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As Scotland’s third most populated city, Aberdeen is well-connected with several intercity train services, with mainline railway lines offering services to London in 7 hours. There are also overnight sleeper trains available.
Aberdeen International Airport provides regular flights to London and many other destinations worldwide. The A90 bypass motorway allows easy access in and out of Aberdeen by car.
Schools in Aberdeen
There are a number of state and private schooling options in Aberdeen. There are six private schools to choose from, with Albyn School, The International School of Aberdeen and St Margaret’s School for Girls being particular favourites.
Popular state options are Cults Academy and Aberdeen Grammar School. There are two universities in the city, the famous University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University.
Residential areas of Aberdeen
Old Aberdeen is an ancient conservation area north of the city centre, which used to be entirely separate burgh. There are some exceptional properties to be found here steeped in charm and character, and residents can enjoy the local pub and independent amenities whilst being just a stone’s throw from the city centre. Seaton Park and its gorgeous riverside walks can be enjoyed, and ‘urban’ wildlife include swans, deer, otters and red squirrels. Walks along nearby Donmouth Beach can also be enjoyed from Old Aberdeen, as can a visit to the medieval cathedral and King’s College campus with its ancient chapel.
Cults and Bieldside are two prestigious neighbouring suburbs to the west of Aberdeen city centre which are home to some of the most sought-after homes in the area.
Beildside, where Queen Victoria used to pass on her way from Balmoral to Aberdeen, offers some exceptional detached homes and residents can enjoy a gourmet local pub, The Beildside Inn. Hillhead Road is a particularly popular address for those looking to live in Beildside.
The neighbouring area of Cults is quaintly set on the banks of the River Dee and enjoys a village feel. There are some stunning granite homes in the area which often come with impressive gardens. Cults Academy and Primary Schools are extremely popular state schooling options in Cults which puts nearby properties in high demand. The green spaces of Allan Park can be enjoyed by residents, which is also home to the Cults Cricket Club.
Rosemount is an affluent, bohemian area north-west of Aberdeen city centre which attracts residents year on year. There are some impressive granite Victorian terraces in Rosemount which offer impressive living accommodation, and there are many green parks in the area to be enjoyed. Rosemount is renowned for having more independent cheese shops, butchers, fishmongers, cafes and restaurants in one area than anywhere else in Aberdeen, giving it a charming atmosphere. Rosemount Place and Belvidere Street are a particularly popular addresses for those looking to move to the Rosemount area of Aberdeen.
Living in Aberdeen
Aberdeen’s Union Street nicknamed ‘the Granite Mile’, offers an impressive number of high street shops, restaurants, bars and cafés and the city is relatively easy to navigate. There are some exceptional historic buildings within the city walls including the iconic Marischal College, built in the late Victorian era, which is the world’s second largest granite building.
The Merchant’s Quarter is another area where grand Victorian architecture can be admired. Despite its nickname, Aberdeen has won many awards for its green open spaces and there are several parks to be enjoyed in the city. There are also several beaches to be enjoyed on Aberdeen’s shoreline.
The city’s cultural scene can also be experienced throughout the year, with particularly popular events being the Aberdeen Highland Games, The Aberdeen Jazz Festival, The May Festival and Hogmanay Aberdeen Street Party at new year. There is a monthly farmer’s market on Belmont Street and the Christmas Village is an additional highland. Many musical and theatrical performances take place in venues such as His Majesty’s Theatre and the Music Hall.
Places to live near Aberdeen
The surrounding rural locations in Aberdeenshire offer an escape from urban life and the Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail offers 165 miles of spectacular coastal scenery. Along the cliffs and coastline are the dramatic remains of Dunnottar and Findlater Castles, and picturesque fishing villages such as Gardenstown, Crovie and Pennan. Inland the Cairngorms National Park is the UK’s largest national park and was voted one of the top 20 places to visit in the world by National Geographic Traveller magazine. Beautiful lochs, castles and distilleries can be found here and the dramatic landscapes are truly breathtaking. Balmoral Castle, the Royal family’s Scottish home, is another landmark attraction in Aberdeenshire.
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