Scotland

Boasting some of the highest scores for standards of living in the UK, Scotland is a country of extraordinary natural beauty. Add to that its friendly, cultured cities and a rich history stretching back for centuries, and you have a location that offers something for everyone. Whether you live in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or another of its cities, or find a home closer to nature, Scotland provides plenty to appeal to property hunters of all ages and inclinations.

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Best places to live in Scotland

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View over Edinburgh, capital city of Scotland

Where to live in Scotland?

In the far north, the Highlands & Islands region offers some of the country’s wildest scenery and includes islands such as Shetland and Orkney. The way of life here is largely rural, with farming and tourism the main sources of income.

In the north-east of the country lies the Grampian region, famous for its synonymous mountain range and Scotland’s third-largest city, Aberdeen. The ‘Granite City’ has recently been named the best city in Scotland to live in, thanks in part to its good employment prospects and low cost of living.

Moving south, you’ll find Glasgow to the west and Edinburgh to the east. As the country’s two largest cities, both are obvious choices for great places to live in Scotland, with Glasgow offering the lower cost of living out of the two.

Even further south and towards the border with England lie the cities of Ayr and Dumfries. Dumfries is just 25 miles by road from the border, and offers residents a charming and characterful market town set amidst the unique beauty of the Scottish lowlands.

Isle of Skye in the west of Scotland

Best places to visit in Scotland

We don’t have space to list all the best places to visit in Scotland but we can offer a few highlights that shouldn’t be missed.

The enduring legend of the Loch Ness Monster brings many visitors to Inverness. This city can be found where the River Ness flows over the northeast coast of Scotland into the Moray Firth. Even if you don’t spot the beast, Loch Ness itself is a stunning natural feature at 23 miles long and containing more water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined.

Whiskey is another famous product of Scotland’s plentiful water. Make sure you take in a distillery tour or two – the oldest sites are Strathisla, Bowmore and Glenturret. The latter has had a distillery on the site since 1775.

Edinburgh and Glasgow are two obvious city destinations visitors to Scotland should try to take in. Other cities well worth a visit include Inverness, Perth, Stirling and Ayr.

For natural scenery, the Isle of Skye is hard to beat. Orkney and Arran are also spectacularly beautiful islands to visit. Other sites offering stunning scenery and outstanding hiking options include Glencoe, Loch Lomond, The Cairngorms National Park, The Trossachs and Kintail.

Best castles in Scotland

Scotland has more than its fair share of stunning castles. From beautifully preserved examples like Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle or Dunrobin Castle, to ruined fortresses like the craggy Dunnottar Castle, there’s plenty here for history buffs. Even Balmoral Castle – holiday home of the Royal Family – opens its doors to the public for visits each year from April to July.

View over the city of Inverness in Scotland

What is the population of Scotland?

The population of Scotland is around 5,466,000, according to the latest figures from National Records of Scotland. The capital city of Edinburgh is the second largest city in the country, with a population of 524,930. Glasgow is the largest with a population of 633,210.

Best schools in Scotland

The best school in Scotland is currently Jordanhill School Glasgow, according to league tables for 2021. Other top schools making up the top ten include St Ninian’s High School East Renfrewshire, Gryffe High School Renfrewshire and Dunblane High School in Stirling.

The highest-ranked universities in Scotland for 2021 are St Andrews in the top spot, followed by the University of Edinburgh in second and Glasgow University in third. Heriot-Watt University and the University of Dundee take up fourth and fifth places.

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Review Date Jul 2024

In a central location right in the heart of Aberdeen City Centre. You really could not ask for better!

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The building is in fantastic location in the city centre with great facilities and amazing staff who will always go above and beyond for each of the residents. They really do care for your welfare and make you feel safe and happy. Nothing is too much trouble.

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How good the place is and how amazing the staff are!

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They have always responded promptly if there are any issues.

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Glad I found this place

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Review Date Jul 2024

– next to train station
– next to gym
-next to lidl
– lots of bars/restaurants around and easy to walk into town

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I rented this place while moving from Leeds to Glasgow, I didn’t check the place in person before and I am very glad I got it right, its a nice, clean and sophisticated development that is being very well looked after, close to city center and to lots of amenities, has its own parking, accepts pets and the team are easy to reach and to help you get things sorted.

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I ended up having a great view from my flat but some are not as fortunate as me so if I was renting without seeing again this would be one of my main concerns as it makes a huge difference having a view towards the inside of the development or in my case having a view from the back overlooking the the SECC and many other things.

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all problems or issues i reported were answered or responded within a couple days at max

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The property is very clean and well maintained

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Review Date Jul 2024

We love the location of the property, there are many lovely bars and restaurants within a short walking distance. The location is ideal for food shopping also and transportation too and from the central. The complex feels very safe with the barriers and security cameras in place. It’s very clean and rubbish collection and storage is very clean and tidy in the shed.

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The building manager is very helpful and friendly, she always is quick to respond to any questions I have. The property is very clean and well maintained. The green areas around the building are a lovely touch and kept very tidy. The apartment is well laid out and have lots of storage, and great sized rooms. All appliances are good quality and condition.

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The only thing I can think of is being told; to what extent can i decorate the apartment (pictures on the wall etc..)

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Yes, she has responded very quickly and fixed problems quickly and efficiently. There a couple of things in the process of being resolved but I am reassured they will be corrected.

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Highly recommend living here!

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Review Date Jul 2024

The Point is ideally located in the city centre, close to train and bus stations as well as all the shops and restaurants you need.

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The staff are all friendly and approachable and always happy to help, special thanks to Phil who gave me all the info I needed when I came to view and responded to landlord’s reference request really quickly when I left. The design and facilities are excellent. It’s such a modern development, all your needs have thought out from laundry to garden room. My studio apartment was so warm in the winter that I hardly had to use the heating (heating and internet costs were included in rent) and the modern en-suite was a pleasure compared to other places I’ve rented. Highly recommend living here whether you’re planning a short o long term stay in Aberdeen.

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Factor in laundry machine charges to your budget, at the time of my stay a wash costs around £3.20 and dryer is £1.70

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I didn’t have any problems or issues during my 8 month stay here.

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