Aberdeen Harbour and Torry Battery

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If North Sea oil is the Granite City's life blood, then Aberdeen Harbour, one of the longest established ports in the UK, is its beating heart. This success didn't happen overnight with evidence that Romans were the first traders to use the port and according to Guiness Book of Business Records, it is Britain's oldest business.

Aberdeen Harbour is a world class port annually handling around 6,500 vessel arrivals and around four million tonnes of cargo, valued at approximately £1.5 billion, for a wide range of industries.

With versatile facilities, competitive charges and diversity of traffic, it serves Scotland's third city and an extensive hinterland.

Behind these figures lie countless inspiring stories of the men and women who contribute to its success which made the ideal subject for the documentary makers behind the acclaimed BBC TV series The Harbour.  

Construction has now commenced on Aberdeen Harbour Board's South Harbour at Nigg Bay.

Nearby Torry Battery, formerly fortified and last used defensively in WWII is now an ancient monument. Today it is an excellent viewing spot for dolphins at play and is a popular destination for tourists wishing to view some wildlife whilst staying in a city. Close by are the remains of a rocket-propelled life-saving apparatus station and a Robert Stevenson - designed lighthouse and accompanying disused foghorn.

At Torry Battery Car park you get an exquisite view of the resident bottlenosed dolphins feeding in the harbour mouth.

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