Ah Scotland. The land of breath-taking scenery, fascinating history, haggis and your new home (possibly)! If you are thinking of moving and looking for a change of scene then Scotland has a lot to offer.
From winter sports, to first class education for your children, here are just some of the reasons why a new life in Scotland could be a great decision…
Low property prices
According to recent research by estate agency Hatched, Scotland boasts some of the most affordable counties in the UK for property. Average house prices in East Ayrshire, for example, came in at just under £75,000 – the national average in January 2018 was over £225,000. Edinburgh is known for its high-cost housing, yet the popular city is still much cheaper to live in than London. Also, house surveys in Scotland are included in the normal home report you carry out when buying a property, helping to save you more cash.
If you’re thinking of going to university, Scotland might well be the place for you because university fees are free. Yes, FREE! The slight caveat is that, to classify as a Scottish student, you need to have lived in Scotland for the three years before the start of your course. So, if you’re heading to university or if you have kids who might go, then there is a massive saving to be had on education!
Scotland also follows an entirely different schooling system from the National Curriculum used in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The country has its own framework, called the Curriculum of Excellence, for nursery, primary and secondary schools. It provides a more flexible range of courses and subjects. Children also start school later, between age four and a half and five and a half depending when their birthday falls in the year.
The great outdoors
While the weather is known for being on the chilly side, that doesn't stop Scots getting out and about enjoying their natural surroundings. Scotland has some of the most beautiful countryside, mountains and beaches in the UK. A big pull is the abundant snow in winter, making skiing a fun day out right on your door stop. Scotland has five ski resorts with slopes for all levels - the Cairngorms, Glencoe, Glenshee, Nevis and The Lecht. You can even try skimo (ski mountaineering) and Nordic skiing. Visit Scotland has all the details.
If you love our planet, then you'll love Scotland's policies on renewable energy. The country is leading the pack when it comes to climate change, now generating enough energy through wind turbines to provide electricity to 95% of its homes. Scotland has a target of generating 100 per cent their gross annual electricity through renewable sources by 2020.
The delicious food
Foodies adore Scotland's fantastic range of home-grown favourites. Fresh fish caught in the nearby Atlantic, salmon from the Shetlands and Aberdeen Angus beef – all a food lover's dream. Traditional Scottish dishes such as neeps (turnips), tatties (potatoes) and delicious sweet treats like scones, shortbread and tablet (a sugary sweet made from condensed milk) will make you want to move permanently.
The Scots know how to throw a good party, and come August Edinburgh's streets are taken over by its annual Fringe Festival where thousands of performers take to the city's stages. Scotland's many highland games are popular events for the whole family to enjoy and 60 of the traditional games run between May and September. Think highland dancing, tossing the caber and plenty of whisky tasting! Then there's Hogmanay, the nation's three day long New Year's celebrations.
It’s time to start packing…