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The city of Aberdeen is Scotland's third most populous city, behind Edinburgh and Glasgow. Aberdeen has a long sandy beach between the two rivers, the Dee and the Don, which turns into high sand dunes north of the Don stretching as far as Fraserburgh. To the south of the Dee are steep rocky cliff faces with only minor pebble and shingle beaches in deep inlets. A number of granite outcrops along the south coast have been quarried in the past, making for spectacular scenery and good rock-climbing.
The city is sometimes known as the Granite City, the Grey City and the Silver City with the Golden Sands. These are all reference to the local quarried grey granite incorporated into Aberdeen's buildings. The discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970's it has also been known as the Oil Capital of Europe. The traditional industries of fishing, paper-making, shipbuilding, and textiles have been overtaken by the oil industry and Aberdeen's seaport. Aberdeen Heliport is one of the busiest commercial heliports in the world and the seaport is the largest in the north-east of Scotland. North Sea oil production has declined from its peak but the industry still supports around 47,000 jobs locally.
The city of Durham is located in the north east of England in the district of County Durham. The city is home to the iconic Durham Cathedral and Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is at the heart of a region that has amazing countryside and a breathtaking coastline. Visitors to the city can explore the tranquility of the Durham Dales, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, High Force waterfall and the Durham Heritage Coast. In the city you can take in the city's history at the Beamish Museum and Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon which is home of the first ever steam hauled passenger train which operated during the opening ceremony of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. When it's time to relax take a stroll through the city's cobbled streets and stop off at one of the city's many restaurants, pubs and coffee shops. Look out for the TasteDurham mark, a sign of great food and service proudly displayed at over forty five eateries across the county. Finally, if you crave culture, the Gala Theatre runs a year-round programme of exciting performances. Alternatively, if you prefer sports head to the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground.