Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Aberdeen, Scotland

Fri Jan 6, 2012 8:51am EST
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By Victoria Bryan

ABERDEEN, Scotland (Reuters) - The northern Scottish town of Aberdeen is much maligned for being as grey as its nickname of the Granite City suggests but its compact city centre can sparkle when the sun shines off its grey stone buildings.

The oil capital of Europe, a North Sea base for the likes of BP, Shell and Exxon and also home to a fledgling offshore renewables industry, is a useful starting point for exploring the whisky distilleries, castles, Highlands and golf links of the northeastern region of Scotland.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors make the most of a 48-hour stay in the Granite City.


5:00 p.m. - Kick off your trip by saying hello to one of the most famous Scots - William Wallace, immortalized in the film Braveheart, and famed for being hanged, drawn and quartered by the English after fighting in the Wars of Scottish Independence in the late 13th and early 14th centuries.

You'll find the statue of Wallace across from Union Terrace Gardens, opposite His Majesty's Theatre.

6 p.m. - For dinner, make your way to the Moonfish Cafe on Correction Wynd, a quiet street just off the main Union Street shopping drag. Chef Christian Recomio came to Scotland after working in Barcelona and France and these influences are reflected in the modern European menu, which of course includes Aberdeen Angus beef. (

7:30 p.m. - A short stroll away is His Majesty's Theatre. While small, it offers a good selection of plays and musicals, including some on tour from the theatre heartland of London. (   Continued...