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Pros and Cons of Living in Scotland

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 10, 2024

Summary: The pros of living in Scotland include its stunning natural beauty, with rolling hills, lochs, and mountains, as well as its vibrant culture and history. Scotland is also known for its friendly people, excellent education system, and strong economy. Additionally, Scotland is a great place to explore, with plenty of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and skiing. The cons of living in Scotland include its unpredictable weather, with cold winters and wet summers. Additionally, the cost of living in Scotland can be quite high, especially in the larger cities. Finally, Scotland is a relatively small country, so there can be limited job opportunities in certain areas.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Scotland?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Scotland responded:

"Expats and digital nomads living in Scotland appreciate the country's stunning natural beauty, with its rolling hills, lochs, and mountains. They also enjoy the friendly and welcoming people, the vibrant culture, and the excellent quality of life. Additionally, Scotland is known for its excellent education system, making it a great place to raise a family. On the downside, expats and digital nomads may find the weather to be a bit unpredictable, with cold winters and wet summers. Additionally, the cost of living in Scotland can be quite high, especially in the larger cities," explained one expat living in Scotland.

"Some of our fondest memories are from the time we lived in Glasgow. Flights from the east coast of the States are plentiful with nonstop more expensive but cheaper flights to Edinburgh(then a 45 min train) or to Manchester or Liverpool with a short in-country flight to Glasgow. It was easy to travel to mainland Europe with two Glasgow airports. The city is grittier than Edinburgh but also more interesting in my opinion. The Kelvingrove Museum is a mash up of natural history and art and outdoor sculpture. The nearby park has trails that will lead you up for a wonderful view of the city, through to the University of Glasgow campus, or the Great Western Rd with shops, restaurants and the Botanical Gardens. I love the park near the River Clyde with the People's Palace and Winter Gardens.The enormous greenhouse-like Winter Gardens are a great place to spend time with a book and tea in the colder months. Americans will feel at ease in Glasgow with familiar shops like Gap, Urban Outfitters, and of course, Starbucks. And, find a tea room for breakfast lunch, or snack and get scones with clotted cream and jam. Please. The ones in Glasgow are casual and welcoming, not the least bit pretentious. A 25-minute drive north of the city and you are at Loch Lomond. From there the country stretches out with immense mystic beauty and history. Please rent a car once a month and drive to a different small town or island. Just driving past crumbling castles and fields of the greenest green, there is so much to experience. And you must get a photo of a highland cow aka "Heeland Coo"," said one expat in living in Glasgow, Scotland.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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