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silbchris’s Travel Diary

Friday, 05 Jul 2019

Location: Aberdeen, UK

MapAberdeen, a popular tourist destination in the UK, is the third biggest city in Scotland after Glasgow and the capital Edinburgh. Aberdeen, often referred to as the Granite City, has a lot to offer visitors and locals alike. Although famous for many things – its granite architecture to name one of many – there are lots of interesting facts regarding this vibrant city which are lesser known.

The Oldest Newspaper

Did you know Aberdeen is home to the oldest daily newspaper in Scotland? The Press and Journal, formerly known as the Aberdeen Journal, started operation in 1747 and is still going to this day, with many eminent writers having contributed to and editing the articles over the many years.

Inspiration for Dracula

We’ve all heard of the Bram Stoker tome Dracula, but did you know the inspiration for Dracula’s home came from Aberdeenshire? On the coast of Cruden Bay is where you will find the ruins of Slains Castle which was first constructed in 1597. The castle sits on a cliff edge overlooking the North Sea and is said to have inspired the eminent writer Bram Stoker when he visited the area in 1895.

Largest National Park

Aberdeenshire is home to the Cairngorms National Park, the largest national park in the UK.  The park is estimated to receive 1.8 million visitors a year with a 5<sup>th</sup> of these people visitors from other countries outside the UK. If you’re a fan of wildlife or climbing Munros then the Cairngorms is the place for you. 5 of the highest mountains can be found in the park, along with some rare wildlife such as the Scottish wildcat and the golden eagle.

Oldest Bridge

Aberdeen is home to Scotland’s oldest bridge, the Brig O’Balgownie near Seaton Park. The bridge is a 13<sup>th</sup> century structure spanning the River Don in Old Aberdeen; the bridge fell into disrepair in the 16<sup>th</sup> century and was completely renovated in 1605.

Beach City

Aberdeen is one of only a handful of cities which has a beach a few miles from the city centre. Aberdeen beach is famous for its golden sand and is a popular spot for dog walkers, wind surfers and runners. In recent years the beach saw an expensive operation to move sand down the beach as it had been lost to the tide and winds.

Largest Amusement Park

Aberdeen is home to Scotland’s largest amusement park. Codona’s Amusement Park was established by the Codona family in 1970 and is still managed by the family to this day. The park sits just off Aberdeen beach on the North Sea coast and has rollercoasters, golf courses and places to eat and drink.