5 Best Places to Live in Scotland

Scotland is one of the most culturally diverse and exciting places in the world. From bustling cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh to the rolling hills and mountains of the glens, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Little wonder it is such a popular choice for relocation. Here we review five Scottish locations where you might consider putting down roots.

1. Edinburgh

The capital of Scotland is a wonderful mix of history and modern innovation. With a population of around half a million people, it’s far less crowded than its southern neighbour London and is surrounded by stunning countryside and plenty boasts of amenities. The central focus of Edinburgh is the castle, which is a constant reminder of how steeped in history the city is. It’s also host to world famous festival the Fringe.

The transport network is pretty good and there’s an international airport providing access to the rest of the world. Edinburgh is home to no less than 4 universities and is well known for its professional working population, with industries such as tourism, financial services, and research and development to choose from.

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2. Orkney

If you prefer a more remote island life and something a little more parochial, Orkney should certainly be considered. It’s not for those who like their amenities on their doorstep but has been dubbed in recent years, the happiest location to set up home.

Job prospects are pretty good despite this being a small island with a population of 22,000. Over 80% of people are in work. While you may have to take a salary cut compared to the big city, you’ll also be a lot more cheerful, at least according to the locals. The average house price is only £155,000 and the local council has been doing a lot of work in recent times to attract new people to the island.

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3. Inverness

If the highlands are more to your liking but you want more city excitement than your average Scottish isle, Inverness is a popular choice. With a population of 62,000, it’s not so overcrowded that you’ll feel lost. Workwise, the traditional distilling and farming industry has been replaced by hi-tech industry so there are plenty of opportunities.

Whether you want to spend your time searching for the Loch Ness Monster or skiing in the Cairngorms National Park, there’s plenty to keep you busy.

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4. Dundee

Like many cities in Scotland, Dundee has undergone a dramatic change in the last few decades. Settled on the River Tay, it has a stunning waterfront and numerous attractions from bars and restaurants to historical jaunts such as the Jute Museum and Verdant Works.

With a population of just under 150,000, it’s home to two universities and is an hour’s drive from major transport hubs Edinburgh and Aberdeen. With affordable housing and a burgeoning biotech and medicine industry, the city and surrounding area has much to recommend it.

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5. The Scottish Borders

With accessible and affordable housing as well as a comfortable standard of living, the Scottish Borders just south of Edinburgh and down to Northumberland National Park is an area steeped in history and heritage. From sleepy hamlets to bustling towns, the region is defined by its community spirit. Being just a few miles from the nation’s capital means that a flight to anywhere in the world is just an hour away.

One of the main reasons why people move here is the stunning scenery but it’s also a region that is beginning to develop and if you’re looking for a great place to commute to and from you will struggle to find better!

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Help deciding

If you have your heart set on relocating to Scotland, then talk to one of our local Scottish property experts! They will listen to your requirements and help you to find the right location and property to suit you and your family’s needs.
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