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Scotland Property Buying Guide

About Scotland

As the second-largest country in the UK, Scotland is home to over five million people across 32 council areas. The population is mainly concentrated in the Central Belt region, including Greater Glasgow, Falkirk, Ayrshire, Edinburgh, West Lothian and Fife.


Scotland has it all, whether you’re looking for a rural retreat or city living. From the larger cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen to historic towns like St Andrews and Elgin, there’s plenty to enjoy. Explore the breathtaking landscapes on your doorstep in the Highlands and Islands or the Cairngorms National Park.


Considering moving to Scotland or adding a new property to your portfolio? Find information to get started in our buying guide. If you buy your first home with us, you’ll also have access to a wide range of offers to help get you on the property ladder. 

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Scotland property market prices & trends

The UK House Price Index has reported a slight increase in property prices across Scotland, up 6% in the 12 months leading to December 2022. The country’s house prices are the third lowest in the UK, followed by Northern Ireland.

More homebuyers chose areas with good access to green spaces and open countryside. Scotland’s property market has seen West Lothian as the area where house prices have risen the most, up 18% between 2020 and 2023. Falkirk also experienced growth, with prices up 17%.

If you think Scotland is the place to be, don’t miss our developments, offering modern housing paired with fantastic facilities and travel links.

Best investment areas in Scotland

Scotland is popular among homebuyers thanks to its various landscapes, fun-filled activities and attractions.

Edinburgh remains a permanent fixture in the residential investment scene. The Scottish capital is famous for its rich culture and history, majestic architecture and unique, friendly atmosphere. From medieval tenements in the Old Town to the beauty of the Georgian New Town, it’s no wonder the city is a destination of choice for many tourists every year. Property prices in Edinburgh grew by 10% between 2020 and 2023.

Glasgow is another hotspot for property investors, with house prices rising by approximately 5% between 2020 and 2023. Thanks to the high rental yields and the higher five-year capital growth to date, the city is considered one of the top up-and-coming areas in Scotland.

Stirling, Ayrshire and Aberdeen are major investment spots set to bring great short- and long-term prospects.

The most sought-after property areas in Scotland

Scotland has endless delights, from the Highlands and national parks to vibrant cities bursting with culture. Whether you’re planning a trip to Loch Lomond, a stroll along Portobello Marina or want to shop around the cobbled streets of Edinburgh, the country has something for everyone.


This pleasant town in East Dunbartonshire, just outside of Glasgow, was voted one of the best places to live in the UK in 2021 by the Sunday Times. Bearsden is packed with local attractions, from the Roman Antonine Wall and the ruins of a military bathhouse to the charming Gruffalo Trail.

North Berwick

Named the best place to live in Scotland in 2021 by the Sunday Times, North Berwick is a quaint seaside town in East Lothian. With great beaches and spectacular coastal scenery, this place is home to quirky shops, sports centres and two castles: Tantallon and Dirleton. It also provides excellent transport links to Edinburgh.


As the fourth-largest settlement in Scotland, Dundee offers an exciting variety of local amenities, from shops and restaurants to parks. Take a trip down memory lane at the V&A Museum, experience one of Dundee’s floating attractions or stroll along the marina to make the most of your time in this beautiful city.

Best places to move with your family in Scotland

Surrounding area with Huntingtower and River Tay in the background
Whether your kids enjoy adventure parks, want to spend weekends on the beach or fancy exploring the great outdoors, there are many beautiful places to raise a family in Scotland.


Sitting on the banks of the River Tay, close to where it flows into the North Sea, Perth is a desirable spot in Scotland. There is plenty to see and do here, from art galleries and museums to local parks and historical landmarks. There are also excellent local schools.


Less than 20 miles south of Glasgow, this large town is brilliant for families. With so much going for it, from quirky shops and boutiques to green spaces and museums, you’ll find something to cater for all ages in Motherwell.


Not far from the English border, Dumfries is a sought-after market town with access to one of Scotland’s most beautiful nature spots – Galloway Forest Park. Homes here are popular thanks to fantastic amenities, quality primary and secondary schools and a wealth of wildlife.

Education Scotland  rankings of best schools in Scotland


School Education Scotland Rating Date of Inspection
 Riverside Primary School  Good  September 2018
 Strathmartine Primary School  Very Good  October 2017
 St Albert’s Primary School  Very Good  June 2017
 Blackhall Primary School  Very Good  September 2017
 St Anthony’s Primary School  Excellent  June 2018
 St Ninian’s High School  Excellent  June 2019
 Gryffe High School  Very Good  August 2020
 Boroughmuir High School  Very Good  March 2020
 Aberdeen Grammar School  Very Good  December 2018
 Hillhead High School  Very Good  June 2018



Best places to move to be close to nature in Scotland

River Ness with forest and rocky beach
Whether looking for a serene lakeside property or a home near the beach, Scotland is one of the best rural places to live in the UK. Thanks to its abundance of lochs, mountains and beaches, you’re never far from nature in Scotland.


Elgin is a historic town offering quiet countryside living with access to local amenities. Loch Spynie and the Moray Coast are on your doorstep, plus country parks and woodlands.


The seaside town of Portobello is a stone’s throw from Edinburgh. Enjoy long walks along the beach with views of the Firth of Forth or go wild swimming in the North Sea.


Inverness is hard to beat if you’re looking for stunning natural landscapes. This beautiful city is on the northeast coast of Scotland, where the River Ness and the Moray Firth converge. The Highland capital is all about sightseeing, from the rugged coastline and Cairngorms National Park to a 19th-century castle.


Buying in Scotland’s towns & cities

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Scotland is a country of wonders, from the glorious coastline and Highlands scenery to spectacular national parks and modern cities.

Most of the population is concentrated in the Central Belt, the plain between the Highlands and the Southern Uplands. Here you’ll find many amenities, attractions, retail and leisure destinations. Not to mention excellent transport links.

Scotland is home to five international airports, with Edinburgh Airport being the UK’s sixth-busiest. If you prefer travelling by land, road and rail links are just as convenient.

ScotRail is the leading rail network, with the East Coast and the West Coast railway lines connecting the main Scottish cities to England’s railways. As for motorways, the M8 is the biggest, running between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Other major roads are the M9, the M80 and the A74 (M) through England.

Whether you’re considering relocating to Scotland with your family, buying your first home or investing in a Buy to Let property, don’t miss our selection of developments.

Buying your home in Glasgow

Once a leading industrial hub, Glasgow is renowned for its economy, student population and flourishing property market that attracts many buyers and investors. House prices have increased by 5% since 2022.


On the south bank of the River Clyde, this town lies close to Hampden Park, with trains into the city taking less than ten minutes. If you’re looking for affordable properties and proximity to fantastic amenities, Rutherglen could be up your street.

Buying your home in Edinburgh

There are many reasons why Edinburgh is one of the most desirable places to live in Scotland. Thanks to its rich history, contemporary culture, and proximity to rugged nature, the capital is a gem. Great for families, commuters and older and younger couples, properties are always popular.


Only a short drive from North Edinburgh, Leith is a picturesque port suburb at the mouth of the Water of Leith. Promenade along the coast or explore many inviting restaurants and cafés.


Looking to live on the capital’s outskirts? Fairmilehead could be ideal. This charming town sits within commuting distance of Edinburgh while enjoying proximity to beautiful green spaces. Property prices here rose by approximately 10% between 2020 and 2023.


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Buying your home in Dundee

If you’re looking for a quiet, coastal town in Scotland, Dundee could be for you. Conde Nast Traveller has named it one of the UK’s top city breaks, thanks to its fascinating architecture, maritime heritage and tempting culinary scene. The town has enjoyed another boost since the opening of its V&A museum, enhanced by the ongoing waterside promenade project.

House prices slightly increased from 2020 to 2023, up 3%.

Broughty Ferry

On the northern banks of the River Tay, this seaside town is well-connected to Dundee, ideal for commuters. It’s also bursting with local amenities and things to do. House prices here rose by around 20% between 2020 and 2023.

Buying your home in East Kilbride

On the southern outskirts of Glasgow, six miles west of Hamilton and less than 20 miles from Paisley, East Kilbridge is the largest town in South Lanarkshire. It is surrounded by James Hamilton Heritage Park and Langlands Moss, neighbouring Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. House prices rose by around 7% between 2020 and 2023.

Newton Mearns

This pleasant town is around ten miles south of Glasgow. Newton Mearns saw house prices rise slightly over 10% between 2020 and 2023.

Buying your Home in Aberdeen

Often called the ‘Flower of Scotland’, Aberdeen is a beautiful city overlooking the North Sea, between the Rivers Dee and Don. Surrounded by many green spaces, from Donmouth nature reserve and Kincorth Hill to Hazlehead Park. The city is also Scotland’s biggest fishing port.


Sitting on the northwestern outskirts of Aberdeen, along the banks of the River Don, Bucksburn is an ever-improving area surrounded by open landscapes. It’s a perfect location if you want to be close to nature. House prices rose by a little over 10% between 2020 and 2023.

Buying your home in Paisley

Paisley is in the West-Central Lowlands and stretches along the banks of White Cart Water, a River Clyde tributary. Paisley Abbey dominates the landscape, complemented by Barshaw Park and Ferguslie Gardens. The property market recorded an increase in house prices of more than 10% between 2020 and 2023.

Our Offers to Help You Get Moving

Help to Sell Schemes

We have a range of schemes to help you sell your existing home.


Low Deposit Schemes

If you have a low deposit, we have a variety of schemes to help make moving more affordable.


Own New - Rate Reducer

Own New - Rate Reducer is a brand-new scheme available on new build homes that could mean lower mortgage rates and reduced monthly payments.

Key Worker Scheme

We could help make your move with our Key Worker Deposit Contribution Scheme.


Parent Power

If you’re getting financial support from your family or friends to help you get on the property ladder, we could match it, up to a maximum of 5% of the purchase price.



Part Exchange

We could be your guaranteed buyer, so no stress or fuss, just an easy move for you and your family.