Learn everything you need to know about cruise destinations under Avid Cruiser’s Port Profiles section (you’ll find a tab above on the navigation bar). Each week, we’ll provide one or more port profiles for those are planning trips or for those who need inspiration to do so. Today’s feature, Scotland’s Aberdeen.
The Scottish city of Aberdeen is known under many nicknames. Here are a couple of them: “Granite city,” “Oil Capital of Europe,” and “Energy Capital of Europe.”
One represents the past, one aptly describes today’s Aberdeen, and one tells us in which direction this city is currently heading.
“Granite city” is a remnant from past times, when Aberdeen became known for the granite quarried here. It has been estimated that six million tons of granite were excavated from the Rubislaw Quarry in the period from the late 18th century until 1971.
Throughout the centuries, granite from what is now one of the biggest man-made holes in Europe was used when constructing the terraces at Westminster Palace and the Waterloo Bridge in London. Aberdeen itself, of course, also features a number of impressive houses built in granite, such as the Aberdeen City Town House.
Read Avid Cruiser’s full Port Profile featuring Aberdeen, Scotland.