Living and working in Scotland

Scotland's cities and regions offer a diverse range of places to live and work.

Whether you choose to live in the remote countryside of the Highlands or in one of the vibrant cities, such as Edinburgh or Aberdeen, living in Scotland provides an excellent work-life balance.

For work, there are plenty of prestigious industries in Scotland offering exciting employment opportunities in areas such as banking, IT, financial services, construction, oil and gas production, whisky, and of course tourism. 

Other important industries which Scotland is renowned for around the world include textile production, agriculture and fishing.


The great outdoors

Outside of work there an equal number of opportunities. For those who prefer the great outdoors, the stunning landscape lends itself to all kinds of sporting opportunities not easily available in other parts of the UK. 

From stress-busting hiking and mountain biking, to the adrenaline rush of skiing and white-water rafting, for those who love the outdoors, Scotland combines the greatest outdoor activities with the most spectacular backdrop.

But the greatest outdoor activity in Scotland has to be golf. The game of golf was first developed and established in Scotland and is regarded as a national sport.

The many famous golf courses in Scotland include the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie, Gleneagles, Muirfield, Balcomie and Royal Troon. There are also plenty of less prestigious courses to play on across Scotland. But wherever you play, you’ll be afforded the traditional Scottish hospitality.

City living also provides everything you need, from theatre and exhibitions to family activities and a thriving nightlife, there is something for everyone in the family.

And what better way to spend time with your family and friends than enjoying some of the finest Scottish food and drink.

The fertile and lush Scottish countryside and clear coastal waters produce much sought-after natural produce which is exported not only across the UK, but around the world.

Food and drink

Good food and drink is embedded in Scottish culture and the list of world-renowned produce is endless. Aberdeen Angus steaks and seafood such as wild trout, salmon, oysters and langoustines, alongside delicious cheeses, ensure the 'Made in Scotland' stamp is synonymous with taste and quality. 

Scotland is also famous for whisky, naturally healthy oat-based products such as porridge and oatcakes, strawberries and raspberries and the national dish, haggis. Traditionally served with neeps and tatties (turnip and potato) as part of a Burns Supper, haggis is also enjoyed all year round with other traditional accompaniments such as black pudding.

Education and professional development

If education and ongoing professional development is important to you or other members of your family, there are fifteen universities in Scotland and three other institutions of higher education which have the authority to award academic degrees to choose from. 

The prestigious University of St Andrews in Fife is the oldest  university in Scotland. Attracting students from around the world, the student body is made up of over 120 nationalities. Its most famous alumni and affiliated faculty, includes the former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond; Olympic cycling gold medalist Chris Hoy; and royals Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

In addition, house prices in Scotland are considerably cheaper than other areas across the UK. So when the working day is done and you’ve enjoyed all that Scotland has to offer, you’ll be more than happy to make your way home. 

With all the fantastic employment opportunities, great lifestyle choices and beautiful locations, why wouldn’t you want to live and work in Scotland?

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