1 Aberdeenshire Council HQ
Aberdeenshire Council is headquartered at Woodhill House in Aberdeen. This makes it the only Scottish council to have an HQ based outwith the area it governs.
2 Best at Winter Gardend
The David Welch Winter Gardens at Duthie Park are the largest in Europe and Aberdeen has won the Britain in Bloom competition on a record ten occasions.
3 Ancient universities
Up until 1858, there were as many universities in Aberdeen as the whole of England.
4 Oldest newspapers
Aberdeen is home to Scotland’s oldest daily newspaper, The Press and Journal. Originally called the Aberdeen Journal, it launched way back in 1747. Scots poet William Forsyth is just one of many notable figures who has sat in the editor’s chair over years.
5 Envelope pioneers
During the 1800s, Aberdeen was a global powerhouse in the production of envelopes. Self-sealing envelopes were first developed here before anywhere else.
6 Fastest sailing ship
Launched in 1868 by Walter Hood & Co of Aberdeen, the Thermopylae is widely regarded as the fastest sailing boat ever made. Its speed record of 63 days from the UK to Australia has never been bettered by another sailing vessel.
7 First female driver
Minnie Palmer became Britain’s first woman car owner and driver while on tour in the city in 1897. That year she drove a Daimler Rougemont through the Granite City streets.
8 First all-seater stadium
Pittodrie, the home of Aberdeen Football Club, was the first ground in Britain to become an all-seater stadium in 1978. It can also lay claim to the invention of the dug-out.
9 A granite giant
Aberdeen’s historic Marischal College is the second largest granite building on the planet after the Escorial in Madrid. It is also the fifth oldest university in the English-speaking world.
10 First photo of the Moon
Aberdeen-born Sir David Gill (1843-1914) is credited with taking the first ever photograph of the Moon. Sir David was the Astronomer Royal for Scotland and studied at Marischal College.
With acknowledgement to ‘I Never Knew That About Scotland’ by Christopher Winn.