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Live in Scotland

Scotland forms the northern third of Great Britain and its only land border is with England. Scotland has a population of over 5 million people.

The most heavily populated areas of Scotland are in the Central Belt, where its two largest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh are situated.

Scotland is steeped in culture from the poet Robert Burns to famous historical characters like William Wallace. Scotland also offers some of the most spectacular views in the UK and as a result has often been used as a backdrop for movies.

Scotland is in the enviable position of being able to offer either rural or urban living.

Culture

It is believed that Scotland was first inhabited over 10,000 years ago. Modern Scotland was home to the Kingdoms of the Picts, Celts, Britons and Anglo-Saxons; even the Vikings made their home in the northern isles. It wasn't until the 9th Century that Scotland was united as the Kingdom of Alba. The Hebrides became part of Scotland in the 12th century and Orkney and Shetland in the 15th century. Scotland was an independent state until 1 May 1707 when the union between Scotland and England was formed. Since then, Scotland has become part of the United Kingdom but in many ways has retained its unique culture and national identity; for example it has its own legal system.

Tradition

Scots are proud of their culture and heritage. Scottish traditions include the celebration of Hogmanay (New Year); Burns' night when tribute is paid to poet Robert Burns; wearing of kilts and a love of the bagpipes. Scots also enjoy traditional Scottish fare such as haggis and porridge. Folklore is a strong tradition with the legend of the Loch Ness monster (Nessie) being one of its most famous tales. Gaelic is the traditional Scottish language but is only spoken by a minority of Scots.

Innovation

Scotland is a hub of learning and has some of the oldest and best universities in the world. Scots are renowned for contributions to engineering, medicine, science, philosophy and art. Famous Scots include Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes books, John Logie Baird, inventor of the television and Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin.

Lifestyle

Whatever pace of lifestyle you prefer, you can find it in Scotland. Large cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh provide cosmopolitan living. If you are seeking a more laidback lifestyle, try the north of Scotland.

There are major shopping areas in most parts of Scotland along with world-renowned restaurants, bars, nightclubs, traditional pubs, castles, museums. There is something for everyone.

Scotland's most popular sports are football and rugby. However, water sports, hill walking, cycling and skiing are also widespread. Scotland's traditional sports can be seen at the Highland Games. Scotland is also known as the home of golf and has many impressive golf courses.

Multiculturalism

As more and more people from all over the world choose Scotland to be their home, it is becoming ever more multicultural. Scotland accommodates many diverse communities. These include Pakistani, Indian, African, Eastern European, Western European, Irish, Chinese and many other smaller communities. There are places of worship for most religions throughout Scotland. Glasgow is the most diverse of Scottish cities in this respect.

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