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Aberdeen is an ancient city, with records dating back to 1179, and is the commercial centre of the North East of Scotland. In past times it flourished with native industries of farming, granite quarrying, fishing and trade with the continent especially the Baltic. In recent times, with the coming of, North Sea oil it has become the European Capital of the Oil Industry.

With a population of about 250,000 in the city and another 250,00 in the hinterland it is self-sufficient being 100 miles from Inverness and 80 miles from Dundee, the nearest big cities. There is a wide range of employment in services and light industries and unemployment stands at 1.7%.

The city has mature housing areas in the centre and a growing number of modern estates at the periphery. The countryside is very close and commuting from a wide range of small villages is possible within 30-40 minutes.

The city centre is active and had many excellent shopping opportunities from large tasteful shopping malls to small specialist shops. Travelling and parking in the centre can be difficult at times due to heavy traffic but a network of Park and Ride buses are being developed to give access from the edge of the town. Smaller shopping centres are located in a number of areas such as Rosemount, Mannofield, Seafield and Mastrick and Woodside.

There is an excellent Hospital and Primary care medical network and a wide range of schools from private Robert Gordons College: Albyn School for Girls: and St Margarets School for Girls, to State Schools and an International School of Aberdeen for children of overseas parents. There are two Universities The Robert Gordon University and Aberdeen University offering a wide range of vocational and academic courses.

Sport and leisure are well catered for with a notable football team Aberdeen Football Club who’s fortunes fluctuate much to the frustration of the fans who extend worldwide. There are many opportunities for individual sport in public and private sports facilities and public playing fields and Golf courses,at least 54 in the North East. In the countryside there are opportunities for hill walking, riding, gliding, sailing and even surfing if you have a good wet suit.

There is a notable theatre His Majesty's Theatre hosting a mixture of opera, ballet plays and musical events as well as an excellent Concert hall, along with a number of cinemas ranging from large multiplex venues to small specialist cinemas. There is also a large Aberdeen Exhibition Centre , which hosts the International Oil Exhibition every two years and a range of interesting museums, The Maritime Museum and The Gordon Highlanders Museum as well as the Main Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum.

There is a flourishing local paper the The Press & Journal as well as local Independent and BBC Television Stations and Local radio stations and local community news papers and Internet groups The city is serviced by an excellent airport Aberdeen Airport Dyce and a well developed harbour which deals equally well with fishing boats, supply boats, ferries and Royal yachts.

There is a flourishing selection of towns and small villages in the area from the small fishing village Pennan where 'Local Hero' was filmed and Ballater and Deeside near Balmoral where the Queen has her holiday home and Stonehaven on the coast near Dunottar Castle where Hamlet was filmed.

There is a plentiful supply of housing for rent varying from centre of town accommodation in flats for students, larger flats or small houses for couples and families and large detached houses or even country estate houses for the executive with a large expense account.

Hopefully Aberdeen can provide you with an exciting and interesting place to stay. It is important that if you are renting or letting out your property that you are advised by Professionals who know the area. All the staff at MD Leasing have been born, brought up and live in the area and are therefore ideally suited to answer your questions.

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