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Oban, Scotland

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Oban, Scotland: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Oban?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Oban, they said:

"Oban is a small town located on the west coast of Scotland, known for its stunning landscapes and rich history. Before moving to Oban, expats should know that the primary language spoken is English, although you may hear some locals speaking Scottish Gaelic. The cost of living in Oban is relatively lower compared to larger cities in Scotland, but it's still higher than many places in the world. Housing can be a bit expensive, but utilities, groceries, and other necessities are reasonably priced. Oban has a maritime climate, with mild and wet winters and cool summers. It's advisable to have warm clothing and rain gear handy. The town is famous for its seafood, particularly shellfish, and whisky. The Oban Distillery is one of the oldest in Scotland and a popular tourist attraction. Public transportation in Oban is reliable, with regular bus and train services connecting the town to other parts of Scotland. However, having a car can be beneficial for exploring the surrounding countryside. Oban has a slower pace of life compared to larger cities. It's a close-knit community where people tend to know each other, and newcomers are generally welcomed warmly. The healthcare system in Scotland is excellent, and residents have access to free healthcare through the National Health Service. However, it's advisable for expats to have comprehensive health insurance to cover any additional health needs. Oban has a range of educational options for families with children, including public and private schools. The education system in Scotland is slightly different from other parts of the UK, with children starting primary school at age five and secondary school at age twelve. While Oban is generally safe, it's always advisable to take standard precautions to protect yourself and your property. Finally, it's important to note that Scotland has its own legal system, separate from the rest of the UK. Therefore, it's advisable to familiarize yourself with Scottish laws and regulations," wrote a member in Oban.

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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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