Aberdeen - The Silver City
Set between the rivers Don and Dee in the North-East of Scotland, Aberdeen, with a population of c. 228,000, is the best Scottish city in which to live and work, according to The Good Growth for Cities Index 2021 run by Demos-PwC.
Celebrated for its proximity to the sea and its famous, silvery, sparkling architecture, Scotland’s third most populous city is prosperous and cosmopolitan, outperforming other major cities in the UK in terms of jobs, skills, income and environment. This is reflected in an eclectic mix of eateries, a lively nightlife scene, opportunities for outdoor adventure, year-round festivals and events, inspiring art galleries and interesting museums.
It is far milder here than you might expect from our northern location. The east coast is actually the sunniest area in Scotland, with around 1,500 of sunshine every year - ideal for the region's outstanding outdoor and active activities, which attract huge numbers of people throughout the year.
Our coastline is amazing – with rugged cliffs and beautiful sandy beaches which stretch for miles both north and south of Aberdeen. Charming fishing villages and world-class golf courses intermingle with magnificent castles overlooking the North Sea, while nature lovers will be delighted with the range of bird and mammal life inhabiting the landscape.
With the Grampian Mountains and Cairngorms National Park within an hour of the city, there are plentiful opportunities for mountain biking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding and white-water rafting. Aberdeen also has its very own snow-sports centre where you can ski and snowboard all year round while The Deeside Way offers the chance to run, walk or cycle from the centre of Aberdeen to Ballater in the Cairngorms National Park.
The city is also the perfect place from which to expand your horizons across Scotland, the UK and Europe. Edinburgh is easily accessible by road or rail; London is just over an hour away by air; while flights to European hubs such as Amsterdam and Paris takes less than two hours.
Whether you are coming from within Scotland, the UK or from overseas, we appreciate that it’s a complex process with a multitude of things to consider. Our recruitment team will be pleased to help and answer any questions and in the links below you'll find the best of the information available to help you make this transition.
Living and Working in Aberdeenshire
Living and Working in Scotland
Lifestyle, Locations and Living
Government Guide to Living in the UK
We look forward to welcoming you to Aberdeen.