Buildings of beautiful white granite characterize Aberdeen. Set beside the North Sea, Aberdeen is both a university town and the capital of the Scottish oil boom. In addition, it is one of Scotland's largest seaside resorts. The city's attractions include the 15th-century St. Machar's Cathedral, the striking Mercat Cross of 1686, the 14th-century Brig o' Balgownie, which is Scotland's oldest bridge and the Winter Garden (Europe's largest indoor garden). Old Aberdeen, the students' quarter of the city is home to the campuses of the two ancient universities, King's College (founded 1495) and Marischal College (founded 1500), now combined as the University of Aberdeen.
Aberdeen is excellent as a base for touring the nearby castles of Dunnotar, Slains and Crathes and whiskey distilleries such as Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Speyside Cooperage. Other sites include Balmoral Castle, the Royal Family's summer residence and Braemar Castle, which hosts the largest Highland games every September.
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