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Kirkcaldy, 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 Kirkcaldy, Scotland: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Kirkcaldy?

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

"Kirkcaldy is a coastal town known for its rich history, beautiful landscapes, and friendly locals. Before moving, expats should know that the cost of living in Kirkcaldy is relatively lower compared to other parts of the UK, making it an affordable place to live. The town has a good public transportation system, but owning a car can be beneficial for exploring the surrounding countryside. The weather in Kirkcaldy can be unpredictable, with frequent rain and cold temperatures, especially in the winter months. Therefore, it's advisable to invest in good quality, warm clothing and waterproofs. The town is also known for its strong winds, so be prepared for that. Kirkcaldy has a range of housing options, from modern apartments to traditional Scottish homes. It's advisable to research the different areas of the town to find a neighborhood that suits your lifestyle and budget. The town is home to a diverse range of restaurants, pubs, and shops. It's also known for its vibrant arts scene, with numerous galleries, theaters, and music venues. The healthcare system in Scotland is excellent, and expats will have access to free healthcare through the National Health Service (NHS). However, it's important to register with a local GP as soon as you arrive. Kirkcaldy is a safe town with a low crime rate, but like any place, it's always important to take basic safety precautions. The education system in Scotland is slightly different from the rest of the UK, with children starting primary school at age five and secondary school at age twelve. There are several good schools in Kirkcaldy, both public and private. Finally, Scots are known for their friendly and welcoming nature, so don't hesitate to ask locals for help or advice. They'll be more than happy to assist you in settling into your new home," remarked one expat who made the move to Kirkcaldy.

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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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