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.

Reviews in Scotland

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Review Date Sep 2022

The location is very good and many restaurants nearby. Espacially the Art Gallery just step away.
Only lack point is high volum music start at midnight from Monday to Saturday.

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I am living The Point since June and have been 2 different rooms, both are very close and faceing outside building’s wall.
Facilities are fine. Only no TV provide in room. Actually TV licence can be paid myself.
Staffs are very nice. Natasha Maddie and always smile and being helpful.

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Couldn’t know night time enviroment and internet speeding during viewing

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Maintenance and out of hour duty person are great response and dealing quick and smart.

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Review Date Sep 2022

The staff are all friendly and helpful, living environment and facilities are good too

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Everything is highly rated, the facilities are good and there is easy access to everywhere. The design of the building is considerate enough and the building management is in good hand. Reception staff are friendly and helpful, able to sort out issues quickly

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The water rate is not included in the rent

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Fast and efficient. Able to sort out issues quickly

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Hi Evelyn,

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Our aim is to make sure that everyone living at The Point feels welcome and at home, and I’m delighted to hear that you’ve found our team to be so helpful and friendly.

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Review Date Sep 2022

The location is perfect, you can literally go anywhere from here in less than 10 mins walking, lots of shops and shopping centers and only few mins away from union st. very easy to get around with public transportation.

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The whole place made me feel at ease. It has several quiet, clean, modeen, spacious and calming places to study, relax or even to hangout with friends. gym and TV rooms are super clean and comfortable. Standard rooms are perfectly sized for one to two people, super clean and well furnished and equipped.

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Before moving in they have informed me with what I would need to buy and have clearly explained the area. Also, there was a cute bag with essential stuff like kitchen and toilet papers, detergents and sprays, that was a lovely gesture.

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All the team are easy to talk and extremely friendly, always there and has never failed to offer help, very quickly to respond.

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Hello Noor,

I’m very pleased to read your comments about the building and our onsite team. We all hope you’ll be very happy living here at The Point, and wish you well with your studies.

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Brenda.

Nice place to live

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Review Date Sep 2022

Great range of close stores, restaurants and bars close by. Not too far from public transport access either.

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Building management is friendly and organised, nothing but helpful. Really nice, modern design and comfortable apartments. Tenants are quiet but friendly. Facilities are good, not left wanting. Nice view from apartment window too, not a deal breaker but makes a difference.

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Don’t hesitate to talk to management if there is an issue, even if it seems insignificant I’m sure they’d be helpful.

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Haven’t had any issues, but management have always been friendly

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Hello Hywel,

It’s great to receive such positive feedback and I really pleased to hear that you’ve found the team to be so helpful and are enjoying your time with us in Aberdeen.

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Brenda.