A Neighbourhood Guide to Aberdeen

Footdee
Footdee | © John Lord/Flickr

Scotland’s Granite City, Aberdeen, has long been a city of different parts, where areas of the city sport personalities distinct from each other. Aberdeen consistently scores highly on lists of the best cities to live within in the UK, despite only being number 37 on the list of most populous. Here, we share the details of six different areas that influence this popularity, from green edges to former fishing villages.

1. Old Aberdeen

University

Kings College, Old Aberdeen
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Originally a separate Royal Burgh to Aberdeen itself, Old Aberdeen is today well-known as the home of the University of Aberdeen. Here you can find ancient buildings, beautiful and quaint streets, modern architecture and sculpture. There are parts of Old Aberdeen that feel more like other university towns, like Cambridge or Oxford. During term time, the presence of thousands of students gives the area a youthful and international feel.

Old Aberdeen

King’s College, Old Aberdeen | © Verino77/Flickr | © Verino77/Flickr

2. Hazlehead

Park

To the west of Aberdeen, right on the outskirts of the city, is Hazlehead. This was originally built as a council estate but is now increasingly privately owned. When the suburb was planned, the architects decided to include large areas of free space, between the houses and tower blocks, open and available to all. This, along with the huge Hazlehead Park, three golf courses, football pitches, horse riding centre and tennis courts, means that Hazlehead is the perfect edge between city and countryside — and something of both.

Hazlehead

3. Rosemount and the West End

3. Rosemount and the West End
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If you are looking for the best place to find independent shops in Aberdeen, head to the West End. Long resisting the pull of chain stores and generic shop fronts, this area continues to attract shoppers visiting the city, as it has for many years. Most of the buildings here are Victorian in origin which, as in most of Aberdeen, means granite. Flats and apartments are above the shops, and Rosemount has a reputation as a good place to stay in one of the city’s boutique hotels.

Rosemount

Rosemount Viaduct | © John Lord/Flickr

5. Footdee

5. Footdee
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Footdee is one of those parts of Aberdeen that visitors are drawn to. This former village, pronounced ‘Fittie’, is found at the east end of Aberdeen’s busy harbour and was set out as planned homes for fishermen in the earlier part of the 1800s. Today, it does still house some fisherfolk and their families, but gone are the days of nets drying across the greens. The area is very pretty, with many great opportunities and vibrant colours for photographs. This, and the fact it is easily walked to from the city centre, means a steady stream of visitors in the summer months.

Footdee

Footdee | © John Lord/Flickr

6. Harbour and Docks

No discussion of the different areas of Aberdeen would be complete without mentioning the harbour. The city has a long history of seafaring, and this continues to the present day. Walking from the city centre to Footdee, it is possible to visit the docks, watch the boats — both large and small — coming and going and inhaling the scent of the sea. It is even possible to watch dolphins in the harbour. To the north of this area is the Beach Boulevard and Esplanade, full of seaside attractions and, of course, the beach itself.

Harbour and Docks

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