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GreatDanes
2/8/2013 04:45 EST

I would like to get some advice on moving to Scotland. I have googled many topics and I have to say my findings are a little concerning. My main concern is finding a good family environment that is safe and friendly to outsiders. I need to find a good, supportive and challenging school for two boys ages 9 & 12. I can go to public or private either one. I have never been there, so not knowing the good areas versus the bad makes it difficult to narrow down. I am use to driving from the US or using the train from Switzerland, so a radius of 30 min's is fine. My starting point would be halfway between Glasgow and Edinburgh. I would be so thrilled to get helpful feedback. Thank you,

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AuntieFlo
2/8/2013 11:06 EST

My husband and I will be in Scotland July 1. I have made some good contacts concerning Scotland on LinkedIn. There are several groups on there for expats. Do you have a profile on it?

If not I can send you the emails for those who have been willing to help answer questions about living in Scotland. For our needs it seems that Inverness is the best option.

I'm not sure about the information you have seen which are concerning you. Perhaps if you tell everyone on here what you have seen they can address it for you.

Best,

Florence

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carrmia
2/8/2013 15:43 EST

Being an expat, fae Glasgow,now living in Dallas,
TX, not Dallas Scotland, all I can tell U,is that Inverness is a lovely town.Only been there once. It is considered the capital of the North. It is said the people there have the nicest accents among the Scots.I'm sure U have googled 4 more info. I must say if U've never been 2 Edinburgh/Glasgow U should visit there 2.

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GreatDanes
2/9/2013 04:33 EST

Thank you. I hope you are enjoying Tx. What about the schools? Should I do public or private? I want them to continue with a foreign language.

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carrmia
2/10/2013 14:34 EST

Most of the public schools R pretty good @ least they use 2 B when I lived there, but again depends on the area.Common sense would B 2 visit the schools when U get there, ask neighbours. Don't know much about the private sector, prob more of them in affluent areas.They R prob a bit better as R Catholic schools, (usually more discipline) When I was @ school, (public), Catholic, we did French & Latin, tho don't think Latin is offered any more U can prob google the schools using the name of the town..I hope 2 return in the next 6 months, loved going 4 coffee @ the Royal Mount Hotel right on Princes St, Edinburgh,as it was upstairs & great 4 people watching & facing the castle & gardens.

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LChute
2/20/2013 05:12 EST

I have been living in Ayr, Scotland for almost 6 months now and find it a very friendly family oriented community. Ayr offers beautiful ocean and river walks and is a destination spot for people traveling from Glasgow. There is a seaside play area that is fun for both younger & older children and a couple recreation centers with indoor pools. The schools are also highly respected in Ayr, one being the private Wellington School. We call it the Harry Potter school because the buildings resemble those from the story. There is some nice shopping on High St and several grocery stores to choose from. Ayr is also a short drive or train ride to Glasgow which is a fun city to visit.

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AuntieFlo
2/20/2013 08:29 EST

Can you tell me what the rents are in Ayr. I met on another site a woman who owns a B&B in Ayr and she said the same thing about it being a lovely city.

We only need a one bedroom place with internet.

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AuntieFlo
2/20/2013 08:30 EST

Can you tell me what the rents are in Ayr. I met on another site a woman who owns a B&B in Ayr and she said the same thing about it being a lovely city.

We only need a one bedroom place with internet.

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LChute
2/20/2013 13:48 EST

You can try looking on the web sites: ayr.letting.web.com/ or rightmove.co.uk

Looks like flats in Ayr are starting around £325 or around $500+

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Homesearch
2/25/2013 10:34 EST

GreatDanes: All public schools and private schools will teach a foreign language. In public schools this will usually be from secondary school (age 11/12) and usually earlier in private schools.

If you're looking at living beteen Glasgow and Edinburgh then the only private school I can think of is Clifton Hall (near Edinburgh Airport). Otherwise there is a good choice in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Good quality housing in Glasgow is generally a little less expensive in Glasgow than Edinburgh, but as with any country it depends what you want and how close to the good schools you want to be.

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Homesearch
2/25/2013 10:36 EST

AuntieFlo: As LChute says, the starting rent in Ayr will be £325 but to get a good quality you could pay around double £600-£700. Also look at Prestwick and Troon.

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AuntieFlo
2/25/2013 11:22 EST

Thank you Homesearch - we have settled on life in Perth for 6 months. Any comments on life in Perth?

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carrmia
3/7/2013 20:50 EST

Don't know if City Lets operate in Perth, but if not mayb they can give U a referal, google them.

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Homesearch
3/21/2013 09:13 EST

AuntieFlo: Life in Perth? Perth is promoted as the "Perfect Centre" of Scotland, so if you're only in Scotland for 6 months then Perth isa good base for exploring the rest of the country as most of it can be reached easily. Beware the low budget rental properties as some of the letting agents do not have a good reputation and provide barely adequate properties.

(Sorry for late reply - I lost my login details!)

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Homesearch
3/21/2013 09:26 EST

City Lets do cover Perth (see www.citylets.co.uk). Most of the letting agents advertising on there today (21 March 2013) are reputable and provide a professional service.

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AuntieFlo
3/21/2013 09:31 EST

I've actually begun to search through and answer ads on homeshare.com. We thought that renting from and with a local was really the way to go. We have done it in every country so far and it's how we learn so much more about a country and a place. If you know someone who wants to rent a room to two expat boomers (who are quiet!!!) let me know.

We are very excited about being in Scotland. Just wish I could find a place to live. :)

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cdorsey
4/19/2013 14:26 EST

We are a family of 3 and lived in Banchory,Scotland for a total of 4 years. We had 2 hitches of 2 years each. The first hitch we had a school age son and he much preferred the American School. Our company provided tuition and most companies do the same. We went back for the second time 11 years later and the people remembered us and we have friendships today with these people.
Do not take your electrical appliances as they have different electricity and you can buy whatever you need. I would especially reccommend buying an American-sized icebox and deepfreezer as theirs are very small.
The people were always very friendly. Americans too often make a fatal mistake---they expect everything to be like the States and it is not. You have to remember you came there for the adventure and change. relish and enjoy it. The countryside is beautiful and filled with places to see and go and enjoy. The health system is socialized and at first it is confusing; but you just have to learn how to operate. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES act like an arrogant Know Everything American. Revel in the new experiences and enjoy. It will be a joy to learn how to shop in small villages and how to use their public transport. My wife and I would move back quick if the opportunity arose. We made friends that we stay in touch with today. A final thought: You will actually learn to enjoy the benefits of walking. The countryside is so varied and beautiful and completely safe that you will enjoy walking.

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Conjondi
8/3/2016 13:23 EST

I am British and have lived in Scotland for 10 years and have never once experienced any problems at all. (I have now lived in all 4 countries of the U.K.) Scotland is a great place to live. The population is 5.5 million compared with England which is 56m. The scenery is incredible and the travel throughout the country and the Isles is easy and well worth doing. We have a Lodge house in the country side outside Stirling which is exactly mid way between Glasgow and Edinburgh. We are 8 minutes from the junction of the M9 and M80 motorways. The local Schools are well staffed and the curriculum is good. If you prefer private schools then The Queen Victoria School at Dunblane or Dollar and, Morrison's Academy are within easy travel distance. If you would like to view our property please visit You Tube and Clyde Property- Polmaise Lodge. Hope that you find the place you wish. Regards Jondi

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OldPro
8/6/2016 13:16 EST

Why are you responding to a 3 year old thread Conjondi?

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