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Union Terrace Gardens

Aberdeen - The Granite City - is the capital of Grampian Highlands and is famous for its sparkling granite buildings, well preserved history and North Sea oil. It is the gateway to Scotland's castle and whisky country and is home to more castles than any other area in the UK. Aberdeen has one of Scotland's most striking skylines, and the granite buildings give the city its distinctive look, whilst old Aberdeen and the fishing village of Footdee, have an indelible air of a bygone era. It was in Old Aberdeen that Bishop Elphinstone established Aberdeen's first University, Kings College, in 1495. In 1593 Aberdeen's second university was founded - at a time when there were only two in the whole of England. These two colleges united in the 19th Century to form the present day University of Aberdeen – the location of the Scottish International Festival 2016.  The combination of this historic venue, the spectacular scenery and history of this city and the reputation of Aberdeen as a centre of vibrant and enthusiastic dancing, make Aberdeen the ideal place for this exciting international festival.

 The pace of life in Grampian may be perceived as far removed from the urban hustle and bustle but Aberdeen is the hub of an extensive transport network, making the region easily accessible.  Direct flights from London take only 90 minutes.  Direct flights are available from most UK airports and many European cities.  Many of the budget airlines also run services to Aberdeen