Relocation To Scotland

All you need to know when relocating to a different country

Before relocating to Scotland it is worth doing some research. Scotland is a sovereign state covering the northern third of the island of Great Britain. Scotland has an open mixed economy closely linked with Europe. Scotland’s strong economy results in a diverse number of job opportunities, it holds the highest employment rate of the UK’s four countries. Scotland continues to break new ground in areas such as computer gaming, animation, fashion, textiles literature and music. Tourism is one of Scotland’s most important assets.

Visa requirements

Anyone moving to the UK from outside the EU will need to possess some sort of work visa if they wish to legally be employed in the UK. There are a number of work visas to choose from.

Tier 1 general visas – allows investors, entrepreneurs and people with specialist skills to enter the UK to work without being tied to a particular employer were discontinued in 2011. Any person that holds a valid Tier 1 visa can apply for an extension until 2015.

Tier 2 Work Visas – These visas are granted to non-EU nationals who have a job offer in the UK from a licensed sponsor and hold a certificate of sponsorship.

Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visas – Expats interested in moving to the UK to work for a short period may be able to apply under the Tier 5 Temporary Worker visas.

Anyone who wants to remain in the UK for the longer term may be eligible to apply for permanent residence. People who have lived legally in the UK for a certain length of time, usually between two to five years can apply; depending on the category of visa they are currently in possession of.

Visa regulations are subject to change at short notice and expats should contact their respective embassy or consulate for the latest details.


Pound sterling (GBP) which consists of 100 pennies or pence.

Time difference

Scotland is in the same time zone as London and observes Daylight Saving Time.

Useful facts

  • Capital city: Edinburgh
  • Official Language: English, Gaelic, Scot
  • Unit of measure: Metric
  • Electricity supply: 230 volts, 50Hz
  • Emergency numbers: 999 – for police, ambulance and fire services

Travel connections



  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
    Central Station
  • Preswick
    Town Station


A9, M74, M77..


Edinburgh, Glasgow, Preswick, Aberdeen, Dundee

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Property prices

As a general guide you will find property prices are influenced by location and demand. Your choice of location will be influenced by your place of work. Local agents will be the best place to start. The process of buying any type of property or land is strictly regulated. The services of certain professionals are usually required for the process. The local estate agent should be able to give an estimation of all fees and the property charges the buyer will be responsible for when they become the owner. Typical property prices in Scotland. You can expect to pay an average asking price of £180,000. Typical property rental prices in Scotland. You can expect to pay an average rental cost of £523 pcm.

Property estate agents

Bell Ingram Estate Agents


Boswell House

Argyll Square,PA34 4BD

+1631 566122

CKD Galbraith Estate Agents


73 Bonnygate

KY15 4BY

+1334 659980

Scottish Property Centre Estate Agents


157 Kilmarnock Rd

G41 3JE

0141 649 7979


UK Expats will often send their children to the American Schools, which teach the syllabus in English. Education in Scotland is considered to be to a very high standard, with some of the best universities. International School of Aberdeen Pitfodels House N Deeside Road Aberdeen Scotland AB15 9PN T: 01224 730300 St Leonards School St Andrews Fife Scotland KY16 9QJ T: 01334 472126 International School c/o Shawlands Academy 31 Moss side Road Glasgow Scotland G41 3TR T: 0141 582 0210

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Other information

  • Local government offices
    A list of local government offices can be found at
  • Restaurants when relocating to Scotland



    Ryehill,Oynem Insch

    AB52 6QS


    The Tower


    National Museum Of Scotland,Chambers Street

    EH1 1JF

    0131 225 3003

    The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant


    The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant,The Mound

    EH2 2EL

    0131 225 1550

    Relocation Companies

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