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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Average Location Score

Excellent

76%

Very Good

18%

Average

5%

Disappointing

1%

Very Poor

1%

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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Enormously Helpful Staff, Clean and Modern Living

Review Date Nov 2021

We recently moved in and one thing that stands out for us is its members of staff. The team are professional, polite and promptly assist with any enquiry – always going the extra mile to solve any issue making living here even more special. There was even a welcome gift and card upon arrival for us.
The Point is a well presented, modern, clean and secure place.
The building is of okay construction although some could find fault with the finer details e.g. the floor in the studio apartment is uneven in some places making it more challenging to furniture. The design makes it nice and warm during the cold spells without boosting the heating.

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The in-house facilities are fantastic;
– The Point has a Gym that we use nearly daily and it is never too crowded and always nice to exchange workout tips with other residents; The Point has also a Studio
– we love the Garden Room and Working Hub with panoramic views of the city;
– Residents lounge is a nice place just to chill out;
– the laundry facilities have a TV to watch while waiting or ironing clothes
– The Point has two separate TV Rooms which are like personal cinemas;
– PostBox and BringMe service makes delivery of package of any size easy

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Suggestions, Points to be aware of
– Install additional storage cabinets or shelving
– Install an off switch for the main extractor – it is situated in the built-in cooker hood and is on constantly
– Install a quieter fridge/freezer – in a small studio, it is something to get used to, sleeping so close to the kitchenette
– Install dimmable or smart lights – they are too bright, especially in the bathroom
– Create raised gardens beds for residents to grow herbs and flowers on the terraces

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

The response from the Team was always timely, professional and very helpful.

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Love this development & builder!

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Review Date Oct 2021

Absolutely love my new home & the location! Homes are well spaced apart unlike many new build estates, landscaping & design makes it look great too. Once finished the play park and paths into the woodland walks will be perfect to make the most of the stunning views around here.
Ten minute walk to the train station – train times are a bit weird though thanks ScotRail! Close to the coastal path for lovely walks/trail runs and the beach so close is worth the move alone.

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My house has been well designed, finished to a great standard and the snagging issues (all to be expected with a new build!) we’re dealt with within 2 weeks.
I had 10 small issues and all were noted & fixed within that time. The site management have been so nice, helpful and quick to respond. The workers that have been in to fix the snagging have all been respectful of the new home, shoes off etc, friendly and happy to see the job done.
I’ve read some other reviews here saying aftercare wasn’t great but this has not been my experience at all & couldn’t rate them higher! I’d definitely recommend Lovell & would buy another one myself in future.

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When out for a walk, the only way home is up a hill!
This is genuinely a nice area, good surroundings, lots of dog walks and very welcoming

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

I had 10 small issues and all were noted & fixed within that time. The site management have been so nice, helpful and quick to respond. The workers that have been in to fix the snagging have all been respectful of the new home, shoes off etc, friendly and happy to see the job done.
I’ve read some other reviews here saying aftercare wasn’t great but this has not been my experience at all & couldn’t rate them higher! I’d definitely recommend Lovell & would buy another one myself in future.

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Excellent stay at the Point

Review Date Oct 2021

The location is one of the best aspects of this property. There is a large range of both shops, bars and restaurants all within a short walking distance.

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The design of the building in general is extremely nice with excellent furnishings and finishings. Having facilities like the gym on site are a added bonus and make life so much easier. The staff and management in the building have been excellent during my stay so far, the ability to have a 24 hour receptionist make getting parcels delivered amazing.

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The ability to have the bin room within the building makes recycling and throwing rubbish away much easier.

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I had a leak in my bathroom one afternoon and it was fixed within a couple of days, with a check up the following day.

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Fantastic

Review Date Oct 2021

The location is fantastic , everything I need is in walking distance. Transport is ideal as the bus stop is nearby.

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The facilities are very handy. The gym and study rooms are readily available and easy to access and use, saving me from travelling far. The rooftop terrace offers a great view when I need a breath of fresh air. The accommodation is clean and this is very reassuring during the pandemic.

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That there was no kettle and microwave, however that’s something that was taken care of quickly.

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Any issues I have had, the staff had been brilliant and helped me sort it out quickly. They are very welcoming and always ready to lend a helping hand.

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Manager Response

Hello A.F.,

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your review, which is much appreciated.

We’re delighted to hear that you’re enjoying life at The Point and the team have been able to assist you with any queries you’ve had promptly and efficiently.

Best wishes
Brenda