Aberdeen has a long and rich history, and in this short guide, we will run you through its history in more detailed manner. More than 8,000 years ago, two boroughs made up Aberdeen; Old Aberdeen and New Aberdeen. The initial charter of 1179, given to William the Lion, was replaced by Robert the Bruce in 1319, making Aberdeen an independent community. During the Wars of Scottish Independence, the rule of Aberdeen was taken by the English. In 1308, Robert the Bruce stormed Aberdeen Castle, killing the English contingency, and reclaiming the city for the people of Aberdeen. Edward II of England set fire to the city in 1336, essentially burning it to the ground. The people of Aberdeen responded by rebuilding and expanding. After surviving attacks through the 1640s War of Three Kingdoms and the Battle of Aberdeen, the city faced the 1647 outbreak of the bubonic plague that claimed a quarter of the population. The 18th century brought about the Town Hall and increased social and health services adding a Lunatic Asylum and an Infirmary. The 19th century held yet even more promise for the city as the economy of the land was relying more on the fishing and maritime industries that Aberdeen had. The harbour, Victoria Dock, North Pier, and the South Breakwater all came to fruition at this time in history. Unfortunately, the city had overshot their Budget , and these structures left the city bankrupt in 1817, only to be saved by the upswing in the economy following the Napoleonic Wars. Aberdeen welcomed marvels such as gas lamp street lights (1824), better water supply from pumping the Dee River (1830), and modern underground sewers (1865). The old and new cities were incorporated in 1891, though the old part of the city still has a separate charter. To see all the above sights as well as the countryside of Aberdeen, travellers can use a car hire service from the Aberdeen Airport (National, Avis, Alamo, Hertz, Europcar, and Enterprise on-site), or locally from various car hire companies.
Aberdeen is an incredibly temperate location, even though the city is in located in the north of the country, it does not suffer from many freezing days or nights. This is in part due to the warm winds coming off the Baltic Sea and the Gulf Stream. With that said, like the majority of places, the best time of the year to visit Aberdeen is in the summer. Between June and September, the city is full of tourists lAvishing in the mild summer weather that Aberdeen boasts. If you are there on the right day then you can catch 16 hours of sunlight per day, and the nights cool down to around 10 degrees Celsius. July is the time of the year that the city expects its tourists. Therefore, there is not a shortage of bustling markets and small cafés along the streets. The Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week happens every August and features competitive events like sailing mixed with many social gatherings. This is a must see if you plan on travelling to Aberdeen in the summer. There are a number of festivals in the summer, as well. The Aberdeen Youth Festival welcomes young artists from all over the world to showcase their talents. This runs from late July to early August. There is a Wizard Festival that offers live music from top artists and bands set in the gorgeous countryside between Peterhead and Aberdeen. The Northern Lights Festival in late July, the Glowen Music Festival in August, and the Electrobeach Festival in August are among some of the best live music festivals over the summer in and around the Aberdeen area. To get to many of these venues, a car hire is recommended from one of the local car hire agencies.du4SdE_8Yvs
The location of Aberdeen may seem daunting keeping the weather in mind, especially with a poor reputation of weather across the United Kingdom. However, the area is very temperate and mild with an oceanic climate. Here, we will explore the weather in this area in detail. The main issue of climate has less to do with the air temperature in Aberdeen as it does with the rotation of the Earth. The days in Aberdeen are very short in the winter months. In December, the average length of the day is a mere six and three quarter hours. However, once the Winter Solstice has passed, the days increase to just below eight and a half hours for the remainder or winter and early spring. This means that the weather is generally poor in the winter months, even though not terrible. The days are very long in the summer, sunlight can be seen in Aberdeen for an impressive 16 hours, and nautical twilight lasts the entire evening. Unfortunately, with this being said, the temperature in Aberdeen rarely reaches above 18 degrees Celsius even in the summer days, even though the highest recorded temperature for Aberdeen in the summer was just below 30 degrees Celsius. Aberdeen has a perfect mild climate year round. To avoid getting too wet, avoid travelling in October, November, December because these are the most precipitous months. Although the weather is much milder than expected for such a northern lying city, hiring a car is the best way to ensure you stay warm and dry when travelling to Aberdeen. If you are coming from a nearby town or city and are driving into Aberdeen, you can hire a car from a number of UK firms.
Aberdeen Airport is the main airport of Aberdeen, even though there are other airports around the local area. The airport welcomes a host of major airlines, including; KLM, Easy Jet, British Airways, BMI, Thomas Cook Airlines and other Internationalcarriers. The airport is situated just over nine kilometres north-west of the city centre of Aberdeen, which can be accessed by taxi, private car hire as well as a local bus line. In addition to the Aberdeen Airport, travellers can access the city by rail. Weekday travel is the most cost effective when travelling by rail as the rail service offers SuperSaver fares to those who travel during off peak hours. The train schedule has hundreds of daily services between Aberdeen and a number of large nearby cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow. Many travellers choose to use a car hire service while in Aberdeen, although travellers from nearby areas who are on a Budget may also choose to hire a car to get to Aberdeen instead of railway, airline, or bus. The A9 connects Aberdeen with Perth, Wick, and Inverness and other small destinations in between to the north and west of the city. Travellers coming in from the south can use the Forth and Tay Road, through Edinburgh and winding up the coastal road. Aberdeen car hire is available through a number of firms. Available companies catering these services on airport are Avis, Hertz, National, Europcar, Alamo, and Enterprise . Once you have arrived in Aberdeen you can enjoy the truly wonderful city.
Aberdeen plays home to quite a few popular cultural sites. The University of Aberdeen is one prime example. The Cruikshank Botanical Garden and The Cathedral of St. Marchar founded in 1131 are two must see sights at University of Aberdeen. The University is actually a collaboration of two colleges; Kings College and Marischal College; the two were joined in 1860. Marischal College was founded in 1593 by Earl Marischal, and it boasts the second largest granite structure in the world. The College is located on Broad Street and is home to Marischal Museum, which features photos and exhibits the University's history as well as local Scottish culture. This free attraction is open from 10 am Monday through Saturday and 2 pm on Sundays and closes at 5 pm. Located on University Road, Kings College is the oldest medical school in Great Britain. The 1500s chapel at Kings College is quite notable and can be visited from 9 am to 4:30 pm any day, with free admission. Holidays in Aberdeen should also include a trek along Scotland's Castle Trail. The trail stops at many of the castles and ruins in the countryside, most notably the Kildrummy Castle ruins, Fyvie Castle, and two magnificent works by the architect William Adam Duff House and Haddo House. Hiring a car is a perfect way to take a trip down the Castle Trail.
Many travellers seek a nice evening out in the town after a long day of sightseeing. Aberdeen offers a great array of night-life activities from clubs, bars, and theatres, among various other attractions. Those who enjoy the theatre will love the Aberdeen Arts Centre on Kings Street. This 350 seat theatre hosts a number of travelling and local acts for any taste from music and drama to poetry readings. The Haddo House presents ballets, operas, and other fine arts performances seasonally from Easter through October. On Union Street is the 19th century Music Hall that hosts orchestras from all over the world as well as National favourites such as Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish National Orchestra. However, the most impressive theatre structure is Her Majesty's Theatre; built entirely of granite, it is the only one of its kind theatre like this in the world. If you prefer to miss out the theatres and get right down to business Belmont Street is a good starting place for an evening out. Wild Boar and Old School House are great for quieter evenings. For traditional pub life, try Slains Castle a converted church, O Neils an Irish themed spot, or Ma Camerons. Creative cocktails can be found at Siberia (a vodka bar featuring 99 flavours) or the Revolution Bar part of the Revolution chain. The largest nightclub is located on Bridge Place and is part of the Liquid chain. Also make a note of Prince of Wales, often called PoW or Prince, this St Nicholas Square bar features a long bar with various Real Ale pumps. It is popular among the students; therefore, you know you will get a good pint. To get around Aberdeen, a car hire is a great idea. Travellers hiring a car to drive to Aberdeen for holiday can rent through a number of local UK car hire companies. Of course, the best way to hire a car is through our site.
Located in the North Eastern part of Scotland, Aberdeen is the third most populated city in the country. Aberdeen sits on the eastern coast and is 209 kilometres north-east of Edinburgh and 108 kilometres from Dundee. Many of the older buildings in Aberdeen were crafted from silver granite, earning the city two appropriate nicknames; The Silver City, and The Granite City. The abundance of gorgeous parks and gardens makes the city stand out as the Flower of Scotland. Playing home to one of the largest fishing ports in all of Scotland, Aberdeen is a large exporter of fish. Adding to the seafood, faire are the rivers Don and Dee, both full of trout and salmon.