New Homes Aberdeen
Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city and home to over 220,000 people. Thriving city life contrasts with the rolling Scottish countryside around Aberdeen – a fantastic place to call home.
Located on Scotland’s north east coast, the city of Aberdeen began as two distinct boroughs. Old Aberdeen is located to the north of the city at the mouth of the River Don and was home to the city’s first settlements. As the city grew, the harbour at the mouth of the River Dee became a bustling fishing and trading settlement. Alongside this, shipbuilding and textile are the industries on which Aberdeen was built, but the city is now more commonly known as the “oil capital of Europe”.
Thanks to the oil industry and two acclaimed universities, the city attracts inhabitants from all over the country and around the world. This, along with the city’s historic roots, means Aberdeen has a unique personality that encompasses modern city life and traditional Scottish heritage.
The city also has strong Royal connections. Balmoral Castle – one of 263 castles in Aberdeenshire – is the summer residence of the Royal Family and open to the public throughout the year. Queen Victoria was said to be at her happiest in Aberdeen, writing: “All seemed to breathe freedom and peace”.
Although the city has grown since then, open spaces aren’t hard to find in and around Aberdeen. There are Munros and Corbetts for hillwalkers; parks and gardens for outdoor lovers; a plethora of courses for golfers; two rivers and 165 miles of coast for anglers and water sports enthusiasts.
This scenic coastline is hugged by golden beaches that provide the perfect backdrop for picturesque walks and leisure activities all year round. The rugged cliffs overlooking the beaches of Aberdeen add breath-taking drama to the area. Residents and tourists alike are often treated to sights of playful dolphins and sunbathing seals.
Aberdeen is also home to outstanding shopping, dining and nightlife. The Visit Aberdeenshire website lists over 40 museums, art galleries and heritage centres.
Living in Aberdeen
There are over 50 schools in Aberdeen. The Aberdeen City website has a useful school zone map to help you find your local school with ease.
The city has rail links with the north east of Scotland and beyond, and First Bus and Stagecoach provide public transport around the city. The city offers a Grasshopper ticket, allowing locals to hop on and off buses from any operator. From Aberdeen, you can drive to Inverness, Edinburgh or Glasgow in less than three hours.