The third most popular city of Scotland is Aberdeen. It is a port city located in the northeast Scotland. The word Aberdeen means “the mouth of the two rivers”.
A Little History:
The origin of the name Aberdeen is still unclear. Some Gaelic scholars believe it to come from ‘Aber’ and ‘da-aevin’ meaning “the mouth of two rivers”. Adding weight to this is the Roman name Devana, which could clearly have come from ‘da-aevin’. Others are of the view Aberdeen comes from its location at the mouth of the Don. While a third theory is that it derives from the Norse ‘Apardion’.
Here are a few interesting facts about this fascinating city:
The most famous nickname for Aberdeen is Granite City. It is named so because nearly all of the buildings there are made up of pale granite. Built from Aberdeen’s Rubislaw Quarry granite. Until its decline in the mid-20th century, the quarry exported granite all over Britain.
The Aberdeen area has one of the biggest number of whiskey distilleries of any whiskey producing area in Scotland. Most of the 17 distilleries are open to visitors.
The business tycoon, Trump, fell in love with Aberdeen’s coastline and landscape so much that he built a Golf Links and Hotel in Aberdeen.
About 10% of Britain’s stone circles are located in Scotland. A unique feature is the horizontal stone circles, which feature one stone on its side flanked by two upright ones.
Aberdeen used to be known as the energy city because of its booming offshore oil industry. Aberdeen’s vast oil reservoirs are predicted to last.
Cairngorms National Park near Aberdeen contains five of the UK’s six highest mountains. The park is twice the size of the Lake District and features huge forests, waterfalls and abundant wildlife.
7. BRIG O’BALGOWNIE; THE OLDEST BRIDGE
The Brig o’Balgowne near Seaton Park is Aberdeen’s and Scotland’s oldest bridge. Construction started in the late 13th century and was completed in 1320.
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