Despite this, Aberdeen is surprisingly easy to reach and is a modern and prosperous city.British visitors are often surprised to find a such a vibrant city so far north.Partly due to oil wealth and its status as the only large regional centre, it has the facilities of a much larger city.
It is an important sea port, regional centre, and the hub of the North Sea oil industry.
Although remote by UK standards, this is no backwater; Aberdeen is a prosperous and cosmopolitan city (partly due to North Sea oil) and is characterised by its grand and ornate architecture.
Most buildings are constructed out of granite quarried in and around the city, and as a result, Aberdeen is often referred to as The Granite City.
It is a great place to stop for a couple of days on a tour of Scotland, and especially good as a base for exploring the wider region to take advantage of the castles, golf, whisky distilleries, scenery, mountains (including skiing and snowboarding), coast and other attractions in Aberdeenshire and Royal Deeside.
Alternatively, Aberdeen's remoteness yet comforts and cosmopolitan nature makes it an interesting destination for a short city break if you really want to get away from the stress.
Aberdeen is a city of 220,000 people - smaller than Glasgow and Edinburgh, but larger than other Scottish cities.
By UK and even Scottish standards it is remote and often the subject of "far away" jokes (the nearest city is much smaller Dundee 70 miles south).
It is also known for its many outstanding parks, gardens and floral displays throughout the city, as well as its long, sandy beach.
Aberdeen also boasts the title of Oil Capital of Europe and has been voted in several polls as the happiest place in Britain, with a 2006 poll citing access to large areas of greenery and community spirit.