The best places to buy property in Scotland

Scottish properties feature heavily in every respectable best-of list, from the UK’s most affordable cities to the best places to live. But when you’re buying a home in a property hotspot, it pays to know whether you’re buying into hype or if there’s real value there. Here we look at the best places to buy a property in Scotland, and tell you why they blow our socks off. 

Dundee

Dundee is in the middle of a major renaissance. Not only is it the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design, but its university has been named Scottish University of the Year twice in a row, too. At the same time businesses like Beano publishers DC Thomson & Co. and Minecraft developers 4J Studios are busy sculpting the former industrial powerhouse into a major creative hub.  

Dundee truly is an up and coming cultural hub – the Victoria & Albert Museum is set to open a new design museum and actor Brian Cox planning a film studio. And if you're wondering about the average property value, houses normally sell for a bargain £150,000

Banchory, Aberdeenshire

Banchory already features in our pick of the best rural property hotspots, and with good reason. This charmingly vibrant seaside town is close to the amenities of Aberdeen and the stunning scenery of the Cairngorms, and has plenty of its own attractions to brag about. From Banchory Academy, one of Scotland’s best state schools, to restaurants purveying tasty, locally sourced fare, there’s something for everyone.

Stirling

If you’re considering an escape to the country, Stirling and its nearby countryside are among the most attractive spaces in Scotland. Even the historic city itself, with its imposing castle, is one of the most affordable in the UK, although nearby towns like Dunblane and Killearn with quaint houses and good schools provide hot competition.

However, if you decide to buy yourself a little busy of Scottish historical property – or even just any old home that’s seen a bit of wear of tear – make sure you have a survey completed before making an offer. To understand a little more about what surveys entail, have a read of our downloadable guide.

 

Shawlands, Glasgow

Glasgow has long been a city on the rise. With the fashionable West End and well-heeled Pollokshields already commanding high prices, Shawlands shows all the signs of being the next gentrification hotspot. Easy access to the glorious greenery of Queen’s Park and Pollok Park, alongside creative haunts like The Glad Cafe, means Shawlands strikes the perfect balance of urban cool and family fun. The average house price is around £148,000 and steadily rising.