This weekend we head for the Granite City to share our tartans with those in the North of Scotland planning a wedding in the next few years. We love the Your Wedding Exhibition for it's friendly atmosphere and all the lovely people we meet over the course of the weekend. Just because you don't want tartan at your wedding doesn't mean we don't want to hear all about your plans for the big day! Come and say hello on Stand H8.
So to this fine city and a few facts and points of interest:
Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city and nicknamed the Granite City because more than half of its buildings are built from granite quarried from the local Rubislaw Quarry. And the use of this famous granite was not confined to Scotland as it was also used to build London’s Houses of Parliament and Waterloo Bridge. The constuction of the Forth Rail Bridge used 640,000 cubic feet of Aberdeen granite.
The Aberdeen Journal is Scotland's oldest daily newspaper and one of the world's longest running newspapers in Britain, first printed in 1748. And if you like to send a letter you will be interested to learn that the self-seal envelope was developed in Aberdeen.
Love the great outdoors? The Cairngorms National Park near Aberdeen has five of the UK’s six highest mountains and is twice the size of the Lake District. If this isn't enough then Aberdeen harbour is known as the best place to see dolphins.
10% of Britain’s stone circles are located in Aberdeensire. Recumbent stone circles feature one stone on its side flanked by two upright ones and around 90 of these are still in place in the area. 4000 years ago, nomads began to herd animals in the clearings they created from tilling. In northeast Scotland, these nomads erected mysterious monuments, which are now classified as Recumbent Stone Circles.
The Brig o’Balgowne near Seaton Park is Aberdeen’s and Scotland’s oldest bridge. Construction started in the late 13th century and was competed in 1320.
Anyone for Golf? There are over 70 golf clubs within an hour’s travel of Aberdeen Airport making it an excellent destination for those who love to take the little white ball for a nice walk.
The Aberdeen area has the largest number of whiskey distilleries of any whisky producing area in Scotland. Many of the 17 distilleries are open to visitors if you fancy learning a little more about how your favourite dram is produced. We blogged about the finest whiskies to accompany your haggis last week.
Famous Aberdonians include architect Archibald Simpson, footballer Denis Law, golfer Paul Lawrie and singers Emeli Sande and Annie Lennox. Sir David Gill, who took the first photograph of the moon in 1868, was born in Aberdeen. And to top it all Aberdeen Footclub's home ground, Pittodrie Stadium, was the first all seater stadium in Scotland.
Aberdeen does also have it's own tartan, a regional tartan rather than related to a particular clan, and very pretty with strong red, a hint of pink and some grey and black to represent the granite the area is so famous for.
So Aberdeen really has it all. What are you waiting for, head up to the northeast where the Don and Dee run into the sea and explore this lovely area of Scotland for yourself. There are over 30 places named Aberdeen throughout the world but nothing beats the Scottish Aberdeen.