Found 14th Jul 2014
As I am living through an unusually long heatwave in the south west of England ,I was wondering what it was really like living in Scotland? I have been once or twice and it was always raining, so I always associate Scotland with lousy weather. Anyway, I wondered what it was like for someone from the south of England to emigrate to Scotland and live. Can you adapt? I know everywhere is different but it I think I'd miss the good store choices. You can't get by on scenery alone and I think I wouldn't be able to adjust.

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It can be difficult.

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I think you may have answered your own question, however, like anywhere it depends on which part you decided to live in.

If you chose central Edinburgh or Glasgow then the store choices wouldn't be too much different. but how often do you really need to go shopping? if its about keeping yourself entertained then if you like outdoor activities then Scotland would be a good move.

Glasgow,Edinburgh have most of the shops you get in any city. Further north changes a little. Aberdeen has a good selection of shops. Depends how you want to live your life.

Even Inverness is good for shopping and thats quite far north. Glasgow has the 2nd best shopping in the UK.
Yes it does rain ( raining right now ) but this is the first rain in a good few weeks in Glasgow.

It's still part of the UK, same TV, same shops - nothing much would change apart from the accents

The main question for me would be work - as long as you could get a job ok, providing you need to work then why not apply for ome jobs and give it a go

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i have lived in the south west before mainly torquay,newton ferrers and plymouth and i can assure you if it is shops you are after you will be more than surprised of whats on offer in glasgow.....just steer well away from an area called parkhead,full of plastic paddy,s and just not very nice in general.

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It's grim. Imagine Mogadishu but Baltic and with more Weejies.

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Gibbering

It's grim. Imagine Mogadishu but Baltic and with more Weejies.



what are weejies?

GAVINLEWISHUKD

Glasgow,Edinburgh have most of the shops you get in any city. Further … Glasgow,Edinburgh have most of the shops you get in any city. Further north changes a little. Aberdeen has a good selection of shops. Depends how you want to live your life.



I personally wouldn't recommend Aberdeen to live far too expensive and the constant helicopters are annoying (coming from someone in the industry).

RFC

what are weejies?



Add glas- to the front of the word that should give the game away

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never heard of them glasweejies!!!

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BarmyBulldog

I personally wouldn't recommend Aberdeen to live far too expensive and … I personally wouldn't recommend Aberdeen to live far too expensive and the constant helicopters are annoying (coming from someone in the industry).



neither would i to many sheep worriers....

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never heard of them glasweejies!!!



There as abundant as midges

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BarmyBulldog

There as abundant as midges



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BarmyBulldog

There as abundant as midges



Are they glasmeejies? X)

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BarmyBulldog



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It has, only because I missed your previous message, about actually living there now; upon re-reading it:

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Edited by: "BarmyBulldog" 14th Jul 2014

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BarmyBulldog

It has only because I missed your previous message about actually living … It has only because I missed your previous message about actually living now upon re-reading it:




english not your first language mate....

Been there a couple of times, I do the same. Fairly wet and cold weather in Scotland, so I too relate lousy weather to Scotland.

Of course you can adapt,you wouldn't be going to the other side of the world!

I was born in Scotland,moved to just outside London when I was 3,lived in Kent from age 11-15 and then back up here. Of course when first back I missed being away(probably more down to being a teen) now I would never move back down South!

I'm just outside of Edinburgh and shopping will just be the same as anywhere. Can get through to Glasgow in 50 minutes driving if I really wanted to! Glasgow does have great shopping and of course where the majority of concerts/gigs are however I wouldn't live there!

Yes weather can be a bit pants at times but can also be great. Put it this way,no horrible flooding that some parts of the UK recently had.

There are some beautiful parts up here,I like my shopping but also love my scenery-best of both worlds


I think if you are panicking about not being able to adjust you really need to actually get out more. We probably have just as good up here if not better than what you have there. Beautiful fresh air and lovely water for a start
Edited by: "takethatfan1978" 14th Jul 2014

maccy1

Are they glasmeejies? X)



X)

Look at you slyly throwing fuel on the fire X)

vics219

X)Look at you slyly throwing fuel on the fire X)



Unintentional I assure you, it just sprung to mind, now the glasmeejies come back to bite me X)

maccy1

Unintentional I assure you, it just sprung to mind, now the glasmeejies … Unintentional I assure you, it just sprung to mind, now the glasmeejies come back to bite me X)



Yeah yeah X)

In England, they will take a tree, cut it down, remove the branches and the bark until they are left with a cylinder. Next, they will take the cylinder of wood and turn it on a lathe and whittle away until they are left with a perfectly formed bat. The bat will be cured and treated to strengthen it and then, when it is finally ready, they will use it to knock a leather ball around a park.

In Scotland, they just throw the bloody tree..

whatsThePoint

I can see Scotland from my window, that's close enough for me



We have enough long term unemployed anyway

RFC

i have lived in the south west before mainly torquay,newton ferrers and … i have lived in the south west before mainly torquay,newton ferrers and plymouth and i can assure you if it is shops you are after you will be more than surprised of whats on offer in glasgow.....just steer well away from an area called parkhead,full of plastic paddy,s and just not very nice in general.



We got tickets for the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony next week and of course its at Celtic park X) Am the only one not bothered by that!! I dont care!

South west england goo d store choices X) The SW is filled with inbred locals and arrogant londoners that have just popped down for the weekend. Do us a favour stay there.

There's nothing missing from any of the big Scottish cities in terms of shopping. In fact, considering that we aren't restricted by those archaic Sunday trading laws, shopping in Scotland can be a good deal better than in England.

You're better with Edinburgh than Glasgow, though.

Born in England, lived in Scotland and Wales and am now back in Scotland as it feels like home to me. Just outside Glasgow - 30mins by train. Love the shopping there and lots to see and do. Weather wise, we had one day of snow through the winter, no flooding and are having amazing weather just now whilst the kids are off school. Plenty of greenery around. I lived on the North East Coast for 17 years and loved it. You get used to the weather and toughen up. Pace of life is different here too away from the cities. Scotland is a large place and people think everything is next to each other. It takes 2.5hrs to get to Aberdeen from Glasgow and a further 1.5-2hrs to get to Inverness and you still aren't at the top of Scotland. Where else can you get square sausage, irn bru in glass bottles that you can return to the shop and get some money back. We have haggis which is yummy.

The only thing spoiling Scotland is the god awful tartan uniform for the Scottish Team to wear at the Commonwealth Games oO

dxx

There's nothing missing from any of the big Scottish cities in terms of … There's nothing missing from any of the big Scottish cities in terms of shopping. In fact, considering that we aren't restricted by those archaic Sunday trading laws, shopping in Scotland can be a good deal better than in England.You're better with Edinburgh than Glasgow, though.



More to do in Glasgow, hence more of us live here

HaggisHunter

More to do in Glasgow, hence more of us live here



Aye, true. One of my favourite things to do in Glasgow used to be to go to the Barras Market, and just hang about until someone shouted 'Polis!'. Watching everyone panic and scramble to hide all their stock was something that never got old.

dxx

Aye, true. One of my favourite things to do in Glasgow used to be to go … Aye, true. One of my favourite things to do in Glasgow used to be to go to the Barras Market, and just hang about until someone shouted 'Polis!'. Watching everyone panic and scramble to hide all their stock was something that never got old.





^^^^ Been there, seen that. X) ^^^^
Was over twenty years ago; buying tobacco for my Dad.
One minute I'm in a busy crowded place taking my money out to pay - next minute I'm the only one there. X)
An experience I don't think I will ever forget.

Have to say my memories of the people are 'good' memories, they were all genuinely friendly people (but we always left before nightfall X) ).

dxx

Aye, true. One of my favourite things to do in Glasgow used to be to go … Aye, true. One of my favourite things to do in Glasgow used to be to go to the Barras Market, and just hang about until someone shouted 'Polis!'. Watching everyone panic and scramble to hide all their stock was something that never got old.



Remember that too lol.
Not been there for ages, went there a few years ago last time, was deid so never bothered going back. Cracked down on it too much and ruined the fun lol.
Piracy likely killed a lot of it, every man and his dug was selling pirate dvd's before everyone else clicked on how to do it as well lol.

My partner would love to move to Scotland. You'll be cold haha.
I'm from the south and live in North East England now, in winter my partners cold, I'm blooming freezing. Even in summer I can still be cold, unless I visit family then it's sweltering to me down south lol.

I think though, you'd be fine, most southern shops will be in Scotland too. Only thing I can think of is, are there any southern foods you like? For example my family love dripping cakes, don't get them here though. My partners family love Stottie cakes, don't get them down south.

dxx

Aye, true. One of my favourite things to do in Glasgow used to be to go … Aye, true. One of my favourite things to do in Glasgow used to be to go to the Barras Market, and just hang about until someone shouted 'Polis!'. Watching everyone panic and scramble to hide all their stock was something that never got old.

Around 10 years ago I was buying some films (pirate copies) & picked up the films I wanted & went to hand the money to the 2 boys.Next thing I knew was the boys running away & 2 C.I.D telling me to put my money away :-/
I did as they said,but also nervously walked off with the 4 films as well.I love freebies.

bex85

My partner would love to move to Scotland. You'll be cold haha.I'm from … My partner would love to move to Scotland. You'll be cold haha.I'm from the south and live in North East England now, in winter my partners cold, I'm blooming freezing. Even in summer I can still be cold, unless I visit family then it's sweltering to me down south lol. I think though, you'd be fine, most southern shops will be in Scotland too. Only thing I can think of is, are there any southern foods you like? For example my family love dripping cakes, don't get them here though. My partners family love Stottie cakes, don't get them down south.


It's generally warmer down south, but it's not always true that it's colder up north.

We have family on the Isle of Mull where it's often warmer than the majority of the UK owing to something called the 'gulf stream'.

Similar weather 'oddities' can be found in many parts of Scotland including the 'fohn effect' in Elgin and the surrounding areas resulting in the unusual sight of palm trees lining white sanded beaches - in Scotland! oO

I've also seen palm trees in the north west of Scotland in places like Ullapool and further up at Kinlochbervie, but if it's sunshine your after my cousins in the highlands have always told us Tiree gets more sunshine than anywhere else in Britain (mind you, when I found out where Tiree was I began to wonder if I'd perhaps overstayed my highland welcome X)).
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Edited by: "tryn2help" 19th Jul 2014

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Glasgows miles better

i went to dundee once - i liked it.

i think it'd be a good place to live combining the advantages of a reasonably big city with the sea and countryside close by.

there's a nice hotel just opened in dundee for those who can afford it - malmaison.com/loc…AsA

I love the Scottish summer ... it's the best day of the year, by far
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