|Union Terrace Gardens|
Aberdeen is known as either the Silver City or the Granite City due to the silver granite buildings that comprise most of the city. It's the third biggest city in Scotland and is a major fishing harbour. However fishing is small fry compared to the oil industry. Aberdeen is the oil capital of all Europe.
You'll find Union Square by going down Market Street off Union Street. Head down towards the harbour and then right into Guild Street. The other two shopping centres are behind where Market Street meets Union Street.
|St Nicholas Kirk|
There are more of them further along Union Street and up Chapel Street. My favorite area in all Aberdeen is The Spital where Old Aberdeen is. Read about it - here.
I don't eat out much in the UK. I find restaurants very expensive and the food is not great. Service is, sorry to say this, OK. My view is tainted by the fact that I'm vegetarian. Very rarely on my travels anywhere have I found a good vegetarian meal and most Western European places are reluctant to modify a meal to accommodate me.
Supermarket food is brilliant and service is usually excellent.
In Part 2 - here - I talk about where to find food. Part 3 - here - deals with road trips via the coast, stone circles, the Cairgorms National Park and the Royal Deeside area. In Part 4 - here - I talk about Edinburgh.
For more on Scotland visit - here.
For more on my other destinations and a few travel horror stories go to the Travel Archive Page.