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Friday, 20 November 2020

Location: Scotland

Scotland is a beautiful country, and there are many reasons why millions of people choose to call this place home. So, in this article, we are going to share with you a few of the reasons we think Scotland is a great place to move to.

The culture
Scotland has one of the richest cultures in the world, which can be traced back almost a thousand years. This culture is still rich nowadays and is just as alive today as it has ever been. As each new generation of Scot has come around, our culture has grown and developed with it.

Culture is a big part of Scotland and something you’ll find embedded in almost everything we do. It’s also something we readily welcome others into, so, if you do decide to move here be prepared to learn all about the culture that surrounds you.
The Scots have everything from their own formal dress, TV, movies, music, recipes and more. If you decide to make the country your home, you will be quick to see this firsthand.

Places to live
Whether you are a city lover or you favour the more rural lifestyle, Scotland has you covered. All across the country, you are spoiled for choice on where you want to love.

There are numerous large, busy, populated cities that are perfect for young professionals, students and generally anyone who loves to be at the heart of it all. Most people favour Edinburgh or Glasgow for the city lifestyle. If this is you, then you can find rough data on the cost of living in Edinburgh and Glasgow online as well as plenty of options for other big cities, too.

For those of you who like a quieter life, why not consider moving a little further north where there is all manner of smaller towns and villages to suit everyone. For example, there are many places in and around the Aberdeen area that could be perfect for you. Take Inverurie as just one of many smaller towns that packs a lot of punch. Situated just north-west of Aberdeen, Inverurie sits in the striking countryside and has all of the amenities that anyone could need for life in a quieter part of Scotland.

World-class education
Scotland’s education system is one of the best in the world. University tuition is free for Scottish citizens but will cost a fee for students from outside the country. Students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales typically pay around £9,250 for the first three years and £5,000 - £15,000 for postgraduate fees. It’s important to note that while study has been free for EU students previously, as of the start of the 2021-22 academic year EU students will have to pay tuition fees.

Don’t let this put you off, though. Scotland is home to some of the best universities in the UK and some that are famous around the world. These include, but are not limited to, the University of St Andrews, Edinburgh University and the University of Glasgow.

The Scottish people
Arguably one of the biggest selling points of moving to Scotland is the Scottish people. Scots are famous all over the world for their incredible warmth and unbeatable hospitality. The Scots love people and are generally some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. They’ll pass the time chatting to anyone and everyone and will often lend a hand if need be.

They’re known for not taking themselves too seriously and always having a good laugh. Scots are very proud of their culture and heritage and are always happy to answer questions and spread their knowledge. More than anything, the Scottish people love a good party – and a good drink!

While this is by no means an exhaustive list, we hope you take these points on board when making your decision whether or not to move to Scotland. If you do decide to make the move, we can promise you you’ll not regret it.

Thursday, 05 November 2020

Location: Cornwall, England, Europe

Road trips are a great way to spend your annual leave – you don’t need to worry about public transport and can stop wherever you want. The UK has many routes that feature incredible landscapes.

From the very South in Cornwall to the rough North in Scotland, there are plenty of different routes that are perfect for a driving holiday. Let’s have a look at some of the best ones as well as some guidance on what you need to prepare for a road trip.

North Coast 500, Scotland

If you don’t mind driving on narrow roads and through tough weather, then the scenic North Coast 500 that stretches from Inverness all the way up to Wick is something for you. The route will reward you with spectacular views of the highlands and the Northern coast of Scotland.

The drive is more than 500 miles long and will take you about 5-7 days. Make sure you plan your accommodation well in advance – there is only a small number of bed and breakfasts that are usually booked out around peak times.

Atlantic Highway, South England

If you prefer sunnier weather than the very North of the UK, then you might want to drive along the Atlantic Highway on the North Coast 500. You can start your trip in the scenic town Bath and then drive the highway along the coast through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.

If you are into surfing, you shouldn’t miss out Newquay. Fistral Beach has some of the finest waves in England and is suitable for any level surfer.

Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland
Also, Northern Ireland has some great routes for a road trip. One of them is the Causeway Coastal Route that takes about six days. You can start your trip from downtown Belfast and head to The Gobbins where you can stop to walk along the breath-taking cliff-facing pathway.

Other stops on the Coastal Circuit that you shouldn’t miss are the Glens of Antrim, Rathlin Island as well as Dunluce Castle before you finish your trip in Derry.

Hebrides Island Hopping, Scotland

One of the best spots for remote, white-sanded beaches is the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. While the Isle of Skye is usually crowded with tourists, you can take your car on a trip with the ferry and visit the island chain off the west coast of mainland Scotland.

For example, you can start your road trip in Oban by hopping on the ferry to Lochboisdale. From there you can drive along Uist and take the ferry to Leverburgh. You’ll then find yourself on the Isle of Harris that is famous for its stunning scenery. Once you drove up to Stornoway, you can take the ferry to Ullapool back to the mainland.

Getting Organised
With the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, you will need to check if you can drive to certain remote areas. Particularly if you come from one of the strongly affected areas, then you should reconsider if a road trip to an area with a low number of cases is responsible.

You might find it convenient to pack a tent as you don’t have to rely on accommodation. Sometimes, it can be hard to find a bed and breakfast short-term, especially in the summer season.

If you plan to drive with your own car, you also need to make sure that your car is insured. Then you don’t need to worry about things that can potentially go wrong, and you don’t end up stranded when your car isn’t driveable.

Depending on where you live in the UK, there are lots of different road trips you can do that may not even be that far away from your home. With a bit of planning in advance, you can organise a beautiful driving holiday for your next annual leave.

Monday, 14 September 2020

Location: Aberdeenshire, Scotland

The stresses and strains of modern urban life have left many of us questioning what the actual benefits are of living in a city. Thanks to many people now working from home in light of recent circumstances, a lot more businesses and companies are open to the idea of their employees’ home working. This has opened the door for those who want to keep their job but perhaps want to enjoy a more rural lifestyle.

The Scottish North East has become an increasingly popular place to move in recent years as people across the country have discovered the beauty that can be found in Aberdeenshire and the surrounding area. This part of Scotland has often been overshadowed by the likes of the Highlands and the Central Belt, but today we will talk about the area and the town of Buckie.

Aberdeenshire Offers Rural Living

One of the most appealing parts of moving to this area of Scotland is the balance between getting off the beaten track and being close to the comforts you would want from a town or city. The area that we are focussing on includes a number of well-sized towns and cities including Aberdeen, Inverness, Montrose, and Peterhead. If you choose to move to any part of Aberdeenshire, you can rest assured knowing that there is a degree of civilisation not too far away.

The Town of Buckie

Right on the Northern coast of Aberdeenshire is the town of Buckie. With a population in excess of 8,000, it is an ideal size for people who are wanting to move away to escape the many of a town or city that might have several hundred thousand people living there. While Buckie is one of the larger towns of the region, it still carries the charm of a village and enjoys stunning coastal views looking out to the North Sea. It has all the amenities you would want from a town and there are some beautiful coastal walks to be found in the surrounding area.

Undertaking Your Research

It is important to have a clear perception and view of a place before you commit to moving there. With a place like Buckie that is a little out of the way, making multiple visits to help you decide might be a little tricky and time consuming. Luckily, there are online resources from local property experts that can help you to find out what you’re interested in knowing. Take advantage of all these guides and articles to help you make an informed decision on how you would make a move to a town like Buckie.

The idea of a rural lifestyle has become increasingly popular for those who have been working in the office-based 9-to-5 routine throughout the course of their careers. Making the move is one that should not be taken lightly, and you should consider all options available to you before you commit to a region or place. For a lot of people for whom this lifestyle appeals, the town of Buckie and the countryside within Aberdeenshire ticks a lot of different boxes.

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Location: The West Country, UK

The UK offers such a broad range of experiences and landscapes to enjoy as a holidaymaker. It’s hard to say how our lives will have been permanently changed by the Covid-19 pandemic that is currently sweeping the world, but there will be some changes in the short term that we will need to get used to.

The last few months have been a real challenge for all of us, as lockdown has had wide range consequences. The experts predict that traveling out of the country for a holiday might not be the preferred option as restrictions are lifted. Now is the time to look a little closer to home for the ideal staycation destination.

The West Country

There are some parts of the UK that are consistently popular with tourists and make for the top destinations both domestically and internationally. With the lockdown easing, you would be forgiven for wanting to consider some of the places that won’t be rammed with visitors at the first instance. One part of the country that offers a range of holidays but isn’t plagued by copious amounts of tourists is the West Country.

This part of the UK is a loosely defined area that takes in the South West of England. There is such a broad range of places across a relatively small area. From the countryside beauty of Devon and Cornwall, the coastal towns like St Ives and even towns with their own personality and character for an ideal city break, a weekend away to this area of England might offer more that you’d initially expect.

Countryside Walking

The UK is often referred to the green and pleasant land. If you want to see where this description comes from, look no further than rural Dorset. The travel connections to Exeter are good, but once you leave the town, you’ll see nothing but rolling green hills punctuated by the occasional town for miles and miles in every direction.

Thanks to the stunning rural scenery of this part of the country, the area has unsurprisingly become very popular with tourists who enjoy a walking holiday. If you do some investigation into the expert guides, you will see the range of experiences on offer for people of all ages and abilities. It’s not quite the mountain scaling you’d see in the North of Scotland but is beautiful in its own way.

City Breaks

This part of the country is defined to its connection to rural living and agriculture. There are towns in the area that offer great weekends away on a smaller scale than what you might expect from a place like London or Edinburgh. Places like Bristol have reinvented themselves in recent years to become much more cosmopolitan while still maintaining that small-town feel that makes them popular.

A look at the city guides to Bristol show you how you can have a great weekend away here, but still be close to the countryside that gives this part of England its own distinct character. With so much on offer across the UK, why not look at somewhere like the West Country when researching you’re first holiday after the lockdown restrictions are eased?

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