The third largest city in Scotland, Aberdeen, looks out to the North Sea from it's position between the mouths of rivers Dee and Don on the country's north east coast.
It has long been an important regional seaport, but since the discovery of oil beneath the North Sea the city has really blossomed to become Europe's centre for crude extraction. The oil rigs out at sea provide a large amount of the city's two hundred thousand inhabitants' employment - an estimated half a million jobs have been created by the industry across Scotland - but the Piper Alpha oil rig fire during the 80's was a body-blow to Aberdeen.
One of Scotland's success stories, Aberdeen has been buoyed over the years by the cloth and paper trades in the 17th and 18th centuries and construction of ships - Tea Clippers were it's stock in trade - more latterly.
You can read more about Aberdeen in the About Aberdeen section.