The landscape of Scotland is what sets it apart from the rest of the UK; the rugged coastline, snow covered mountains, islands, archipelagos and lochs combine to create some breathtaking scenery. Scotland covers a vast area – just over 78,000 square kilometres – yet its population is just 5.3 million, creating a very low population density. This has helped to preserve this wonderful landscape, resulting in thriving wildlife, including some species which are incredibly rare, if found at all, in the rest of the UK: puffins, dolphins, golden eagles and red squirrels, among many others.
The space available in Scotland means that property prices are comparatively low, and buyers can often get more space for their money than elsewhere in the UK. Many properties in Scotland have lots of land and incorporate some of the stalking, shooting or fishing for which Scotland is famed.
Stretching up to the northernmost point of the United Kingdom, Scotland benefits from extremely long summer days – up to 18 hours of daylight during summer in the Highlands – and frequent sightings of the Northern Lights. The climate and landscape lends itself well to snow sports, and the country has a number of ski resorts, including Glenshee, Lecht and Nevis Range 131.
Scotland is very rich in culture and history, and has two minority languages – Scots and Scottish Gaelic – as well as many dialects and accents. The famed Loch Ness, the Cairngorms National Park, the vast number of castles and the Edinburgh Fringe festival are just some of the things that attract the 18 million visitors to Scotland annually; this is, of course, in addition to the wonderful natural beauty of the country.
Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital and second largest city, has so much to offer in terms of culture and entertainment, as well as cobbled streets lined with independent shops, great eateries and good schools. The city is one of the most desirable areas in Scotland, with its townhouses, city centre flats and family houses in the suburbs commanding more substantial prices than other parts of Scotland.
Rural Scotland, including the stunning Highlands and oil-rich Aberdeenshire, are known for offering a high quality of life. The Isle of Skye is a fantastic example of just how unspoilt and beautiful the Scottish landscape can be; the island has nearly 650 kilometres of wild coastlines, providing unrivalled sunsets and scenery.