Aberdeen Coast Guide
Aberdeen is a thriving, cosmopolitan port in the north-east of Scotland. Known as the granite city - as it is built mostly of the local grey granite, the city is busy and modern. It's current prosperity is derived form the oil boom in the North Sea which has been underway since the 1980's.
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Traditional industries such as fishing and farming still flourish in and around the city but Aberdeen's buoyant modern economy - reflected in unemployment rates consistently under 2% - is fuelled by the oil industry, earning the city its epithet as 'Oil Capital of Europe'.
Another industry that is still thriving in the north east region is the fishing industry, although this is not as important a part of the economy as it once was. The nearby ports of Peterhead and Fraserburgh also have large fishing fleets.
The area also boasts many miles of unspoilt coast where golden sands stretch for miles and tiny picturesque villages nestle into the cliff; villages such as Gardenstown and Crovie as well as Pennan, which found fame as the location for the film Local Hero.
The coast also provides great opportunities for nature lovers, with a profusion of bird life and wildlife accessible in a number of nature reserves. It also keeps water sports enthusiasts happy, with numerous outlets for sailing and windsurfing.
Places to visit around Aberdeen
Satrosphere - Science Centre for children - 179, Constitution St, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire AB24 5TU Tel: 01224 640340 http://www.satrosphere.net/
Corgarff Castle - Corgarff, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire AB36 8YP Tel: 019756 51460
Duthie Park Winter Gardens - Polmuir Rd, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire AB11 7TH Tel: 01224 583155
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