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Aviemore, Scotland

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Aviemore?

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

"Aviemore, located in the Scottish Highlands, is known for its stunning natural beauty, outdoor activities, and friendly locals. Before moving, expats should be aware that the cost of living in Aviemore is relatively high compared to other parts of Scotland, largely due to its popularity as a tourist destination. The local economy is heavily reliant on tourism, with many jobs in hospitality, retail, and outdoor recreation. The weather in Aviemore can be quite harsh, especially in winter, with heavy snowfall and temperatures often dropping below freezing. Expats should be prepared for this and invest in appropriate clothing and home heating. Despite the cold, the area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering activities like skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. Aviemore is a small town with a population of around 2,500 people, so it offers a close-knit community feel. English is the primary language spoken, but you'll also hear Scottish Gaelic. The town has a range of amenities including shops, restaurants, and schools, but for more extensive shopping or specialist services, the nearest city is Inverness, about 30 miles away. Public transportation is limited, so having a car can be beneficial, especially for exploring the wider Highlands area. However, Aviemore does have a train station with connections to major cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow. Healthcare in Scotland is provided by the National Health Service (NHS), which is free at the point of use for residents. Expats moving to Aviemore will need to register with a local GP to access these services. Finally, Scotland has its own legal and education systems, which are different from those in the rest of the UK. Expats with children should research the Scottish education system, which includes primary, secondary, and tertiary education," remarked one expat living in Aviemore, 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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