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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Excellent

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Very Good

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Average

7%

Disappointing

1%

Very Poor

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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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Our own experience of the property management has been generally good

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Review Date May 2022

As this is a very new development there are no facilities such as shops etc. in place at present. Local bus services are a relatively short distance away. There are no services within the development as yet. Local refuse collection is in place. There are no parking problems and we have a quiet situation.

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The area is well designed and there is management of the communal areas in place. As time goes on I would anticipate that communal facilities and infrastructure will be put in place to enhance the development. Our own experience of the property management has been generally good. But we should have had an external water tap in place as most of the development seem to have this as standard.

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Out side water tap. There was a bath in the property which we had taken out and a shower put in instead at out own cost. It we had asked for this to be done before purchasing we could have saved ourselves this additional cost.

What is the best feature of your home:

We chose a Bungalow as we wished to downsize to a single level property.

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Great, Would 100% recommend

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Review Date May 2022

Great location, street is very quiet and friendly. Visually pleasing as well with all the top tier developers.

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Dandara have been great throughout. Anytime we had a question or needed help they were always more than happy to help, Site manager is great. Gave me his direct line so if I needed anything, I went straight to him, would 100% recommend Dandara to anyone. Been a pleasure.

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Electric heating is expensive and doesn’t really work well with the new flat regulations of having a open vent in the bedrooms, this trips the electric heating.

What is the best feature of your home:

Kitchen and bathroom finishing, best of appliances.

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The building and property management is very great.

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Review Date May 2022

In general, there are two large supermarkets around this area (ASDA and Tesco), which is convenient. Parking and bin collection are very good.

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It would be better if the builder could provide the curtain installation service. Also, it would be better if there are some public fitness facilities provided in the local area, which would be helpful. The building and property management is very great.

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If the solar panel can be installed at the south of the roof, that will be better.

What is the best feature of your home:

The kitchen devices are very functional and easy to use.

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We love our new house

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Review Date May 2022

We are looking at the bigger picture and looking forward to the football pitches and shops coming.

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We love the property. The only improvement we could suggest is that when you flush the toilet you have to put the toilet seat down first. Maybe have the panel higher up.
We also would have liked a back gate that leads to car port instead of at the side.

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Other expenses that come with a new build eg) blinds/curtains, higher council tax.

What is the best feature of your home:

The width of the corridors and the amount of storage

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