I realise that sounds like an oxymoron, but just let me show you some of the amazing stonework that can be found in Aberdeen:
Older Aberdonians have spoken to me of their pride in the granite industry, which was once one of the mainstays of Aberdeen’s economy. My darling neighbour Mrs. Mary Morrison (who inspired my poem Loving Memory, as well as Mrs. Milne) had worked in the office of a granite yard, and could often name the different types of granite and where they came from.
The Victorian granite merchants and masons used their own houses to advertise their product and their craft:
This house was the work of one of Aberdeen’s most important Victorian architects, John Pirie, who designed much of the architecture of Aberdeen’s West End, and in particular Queen’s Cross Church. There’s a very good article about the firm Pirie and Clyne, and their close relationship with John Morgan, here.
Even on much more modest buildings you can see beautiful granite carving. This one is also graced by a lovely Art Nouveau iron railing:
So if you’re in Aberdeen, keep an eye out for stone flowers, leaves, shells and feathers. A good rule of thumb here is: look up!