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What You Need To Know

Aberdeen is a port city in northeast Scotland, where the Dee and Don rivers meet the North Sea. With a booming offshore petroleum industry, the city is home to an international population. Its Aberdeen Maritime Museum, with interactive exhibits on the historic local shipping, fishing and oil industries, affords panoramic views of the busy harbour.

Area186 km²
Population: 217,120

Currency

Currency of Aberdeen. As Scotland is part of the UK, the pound sterling (£) is most commonly used in Aberdeen. One pound sterling consists of 100 pence. Notes come in denominations of £5, £10, £20, and £50.

Language

Doric is the dialect of the Scots language spoken in Aberdeen

Religion

Religion in Aberdeen is traditionally Christian with the city being represented by a number of denominations, particularly the Church of Scotland through the Presbytery of Aberdeen and the Catholic faith.

Climate

Aberdeen has far milder winter temperatures than one might expect for its northern location, although statistically it is the coldest city in the UK. During the winter, especially throughout December, the length of the day is very short, averaging 6 hours and 41 minutes between sunrise and sunset at winter solstice. As winter progresses, the length of the day grows fairly quickly, to 8 hours and 20 minutes by the end of January. Around summer solstice, the days will be around 18 hours long, having 17 hours and 55 minutes between sunrise and sunset.  During this time of the year marginal nautical twilight lasts the entire night. The best time is during the summer months. Days are long (reaching 18 hours at the summer solstice) and most days are warm and sunny. Most of the festivals occur in summer and it’s also the best time to visit attractions in the surrounding region.

Health

  • Aberdeen has a the publicly funded healthcare system in Scotland. Health and social care policy and funding are the responsibility of the Health and Social Care Director.
  • NHS Scotland provides healthcare to all permanent residents that is free at the point of need and paid for from general taxation. Health is a matter that is devolved, and considerable differences are now developing between the public healthcare systems in the different countries of the United Kingdom.

Security

  • Aberdeen is a very safe city, with a crime rate lower than the rest of the UK. It is very unusual for visitors to experience crime in Aberdeen. However, use common sense. Whether male or female,avoid walking through deprived areas such as Tillydrone (north of Bedford Road and east of St. Machar Drive) and Torry (the south bank of River Dee) these have a relatively higher crime rate. Also, avoid walking alone south of the River Dee at night, muggings and assaults here are reported frequently. Street beggars sometimes operate in the city-centre, but are relatively harmless.
  • Prostitutes drug addicts are not always provocatively dressed and may approach male passers especially near the Harbour. It is illegal to engage a prostitute therefore you can be arrested.
  • The main problem is alcohol-related aggression at night on weekends. Most Scottish cannot handle this violence anything like as much alcohol as they would claim and on nights out, many (both men and women) drink far more than they can handle. Public drunkenness on weekend nights is dangerous, as throughout Scotland. Some Bars and Pubs can have many brawls, assaults and abuse.
  • The Police System in Scotland is the second largest police force in the United Kingdom.

DO

  • See an art house film at the Belmont Picture house cinema.
  • Visit Satrosphere Science Centre.
  • Go on a cruise around Aberdeen Harbour.
  • Take a cooking class at the Nick Nairn Cook School.
  • Aberdeen Snowsports dry-slope skiing and snowboarding.