Scotland, Small nation, far-reaching reputation
Scotland is rightly famed worldwide for many things. Including these are its fascinating history, its inspiring scenery, and of course its national dish haggis.
The Scots are also famed for their gregarious and hospitable nature – and there are many tales on the blogs of world travellers of the wonderful experiences they had when they spent some time in a Scottish city.
But Scotland is – for many people from across the world – more than a holiday destination or city-break location: it’s their permanent home.
So, just as there are many expatriate Scots scattered around the globe, Scotland itself also has a cosmopolitan feel – with cities and larger towns offering a dazzling area of world cuisine – everything from Nepalese to Croatian food can be found in Scotland.
As well, of course, as the great many superb Italian, Indian and Chinese restaurants that Scots love so dearly when of course they’re not tucking into their national dish.
Moving to Scotland
If you’re considering a move to Scotland, then obviously your entry into the country will have different requirements depending on which country you currently live in. There’s some good information covering the basics at the Scotland.org site (http://www.scotland.org/live-and-work-in-scotland/moving-to-scotland ). These include:
Education – the site has information about what’s provided for school age as well as nursery age children. While it’s one of the constituent countries of the UK, Scotland has its own education system – so it’s worth remembering this, as there are often significant differences.
Healthcare. If you’re from another European Economic Area country and visiting on holiday, your EHIC should entitle you to emergency treatment (but do check the rules before travelling) plus you should also take out travel cover. If you’re staying longer term then travel cover will not be applicable. If you require health cover as an expat then international insurance is the type that’s needed. Follow the link for an example of what expat health insurance covers – http://www.axapppinternational.com/personal/international-health-insurance/)
Housing. As you’d expect, Scotland has lots of really amazing castles. Sadly though they don’t come up on the market often (and many never do), and are stratospherically expensive. Luckily you don’t need to live in a castle to experience the fun of a historical building – and much of the property in Glasgow and Edinburgh is comprised of tenement flats, many of which are over a hundred years old. And for fans of newbuilds, Scotland has plenty of these on offer too.
Spoilt for choice – Scottish towns and cities
Being the more populous towns, Glasgow and Edinburgh get a lot of media attention – and feature in countless films, television programmes, novels and works of art. But beyond its biggest two cities, Scotland has a wealth of amazing places to offer, so it’s well worth investigating all the options on offer. From beautiful coastal towns and villages to secluded island communities, this is a country that offers a really diverse choice of living – from the windswept and coastal to the urban and sophisticated.