One of the world's most northerly and beautiful cities, once the leader of Scotland's fishing industry, it is now the European oil capital, a very cosmopolitan city. Auld Aiberdeen is very historical with its ancient University and Cathedral, founded by St Machar, a disciple of St Columba, it isn't now, strictly, a Cathedral, as it is Presbyterian Church of Scotland but the city boasts 2 others, one Roman Catholic and one Episcopalian, where there's a memorial to the consecration of Dr Seabury the first US Bishop, the ceremony took place in a room in the house of Bishop Skinner in Aberdeen, conducted by Primus Kilgour, Bishop Petrie and Bishop John Skinner. It's also a modern city with a large shopping centre and for the tourist there's miles of golden beaches, numerous golf courses, you can even take a tour of the home of Aberdeen Football Club, the Dons are the only British team to win the European Cup Winners Cup and the European Super Cup and don't forget to try the local delicacy, Buttery Rowies.
Famous Frasers include William Fraser, a Lord Provost and Lord-Lieutenant, the cities first socialist Lord Provost, Duncan Fraser CBE, George Fraser local author and moderniser of the city's libraries but the one who has left an everlasting mark on the city is Archibald Simpson, 1790-1847, architect and designer of many of the cities finest buildings. Other famous people with an "Aiberdeen" connection are, Lord Byron who was educated at one of the country's oldest schools, Aberdeen Grammar, Thomas Blake Glover (1839-1911), known as the Scottish Samurai, he was brought up in the city and was hailed as the father of the Japanese Industrial Revolution, also, Annie Lennox, the singer and Dennis Law, one of Scotland's greatest footballers, were born here.


Unfortunately, the hotel, which has been in the Pike family since it was built in 1926, closed in June 2003, due to family ill health but you can still feel the history in this quintessentially English village. The officers of the Lovat Scouts were stationed here during the war, the rest of the troops were at nearby Carlton Hall, It's an important part of their history, as two things took place, Lord Lovat, who was an officer left them, more pushed than pulled, to join the commandos and they ceased to be a mounted regiment. The locals welcomed them, even though they had difficulty understanding them and one even married a local girl. They sailed from Glasgow, on May 23 1940, to the Faroe Islands, where they were the only thing between the islander's freedom and a German invasion. Thanks to the late K B Hemstock, village historian for the information.


ST Machars Church