Aberdeen Impressions

Bad Tourist

I went to Aberdeen for a couple of days…

I’ve only been to Scotland once before (in Glasgow, a long time ago), so I didn’t really know what to expect. I suppose the stereotype is that it rains a lot (hardly a drop during my visit), and the people are friendly and unpretentious (that was also my impression). 

Anyway, in the best Bad Tourist tradition, I’m going to share with you some snapshots of what caught my eye, or interest (pretty much the same thing). True to myself, I didn’t photograph anything that could be described as an ‘attraction’, ‘must-see’, or ‘well-known’… Why? Well, because I’m more interested in the less touristy, everyday stuff: architectural details, colours and shapes. And my idea of sightseeing is walking aimlessly around, soaking in the atmosphere and admiring local design. So, I suppose we could call these pictures random impressions by a lazy observer…

And what was it that caught my attention in Aberdeen, then?

Aberdeen is grey. But not grey in the sense of boring and ugly; the grey granite is the perfect backdrop for details such as simple white window panes. This makes the facade of an ordinary building more interesting, reminiscent of a painting or an illustration.


Aberdeen architecture

grey granite

But granite also suits more impressive buildings with quirky architectural details:


grey granite architecture

Aberdeen colour palette

Of course, there’s more to Aberdeen than massive grey buildings; there are quirky shops, excellent restaurants and green parks. But I since my intention here is to convey my impressions of Aberdeen, I’m going to end this post with a picture that for me illustrates the colour scheme of this town:


I hope you enjoyed the tour. 

Next time Bad Tourist will fly south…



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  1. Shybiker
    5 October 2016 / 3:24 am

    I've always wanted to visit Scotland. Now you make me want to go even more. :-)

    • Tiina L
      7 October 2016 / 6:23 pm

      It's definitely worth a vist, from the little I've seen. This was a very brief visit, so I didn't get to see much, though.

  2. Radostin
    5 October 2016 / 5:45 am

    Love all those gorgeous huge windows to let in the light. I agree, the grey granite buildings are very pleasing to the eye. Thank you for the pictures!

    • Tiina L
      7 October 2016 / 6:25 pm

      I'm glad you liked the pictures. I always photograph ordinary buildings because I want to record whatever attracts my attention: the little details of everyday life.

  3. Nancy's Fashion Style
    5 October 2016 / 6:50 am

    I never been to Scotland, I always go to the UK, but friends are totally in love with Scotland. I saw pictures from their Holiday and it looks very pretty. But I stick with Sussex!

    • Tiina L
      7 October 2016 / 6:26 pm

      It was very pretty. But Sussex is pretty, too ( hubby and I lived in Brighton for years).

    • Tiina L
      7 October 2016 / 6:27 pm

      I found it very beautiful, well worth a visit.

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