By now if you’re considering a move to Scotland for a job you recently applied for, you’ve almost certainly done your research, however, you can never be too prepared. As you know, D R Newitt recruit all over the country, but with our main base being in Edinburgh, we’ve certainly got a lot to say about what this glorious city and country has to offer….
I love Edinburgh, who wouldn’t? There’s so much to do and see in and around the city. Walking down the cobbled streets past the endless pubs and historic buildings, you instantly feel this city has a tremendous amount of character. Not to mention the great food and drink scene, which we’re experts in of course.You can also experience the world renowned Fringe festival and New Year Hogmanay, which I’m sure you’re well aware of. Combine these unique characteristics, and you encounter a city that thrives on Scottish culture.
The first thing any tourist does when arriving at the capital is head to the Royal Mile. Here you will find many unique boutique shops along side the classic tacky gift shops that of course offer your usual Tartan apparel. Be sure to investigate the quirky little alleys, there are some hidden treasures hiding away from the main hustle and bustle. The mile starts at the top of Castle Rock (Edinburgh castle) and runs all the way down to the legendary Holyrood Palace. The whole stretch of the mile offers great photo opportunities from the historic buildings to the street performers. Head into St. Giles Cathedral, to learn all about the Holy Table and gaze at the breathtaking architecture. You are guaranteed to find discover something new each time you journey down the Royal Mile and will never be disappointed.
Going out to eat and drink in Edinburgh you will be spoilt for choice every corner you turn. You of course have all the national chain restaurants at your disposal, however, if you are in Scotland you have to take advantage of its local, traditional and more authentic options. Definitely check out Wildfire located on Rose Street, which serves locally sourced ingredients with Scottish Whiskey, Ales and Cider on tap. Order the char grilled Aberdeen Angus Rib Eye Steak if you want to be seriously impressed. If you are closer to Glasgow, then visit the award winning Ubiquitous Chip. It’s THE place to visit to sample traditional Scottish food. I would recommend trying the Shetland Cod with cockles to really immerse yourself in Scottish custom.
Glasgow has just as many opportunities to enjoy the Scottish tradition in a more modern & dynamic setting. Be sure to check out the Style Mile, which stretches from Argyle Street to Sauchehall street and is known to be the UKs best shopping experience outside London. You will be spoilt for choice with the biggest brands and major designer retailers all located in a convenient, close concentration of shops. Once you have burnt out all your cash, there are plenty of stylish cafés, bars and restaurants to rest your weary shopaholic feet.
Do you like Music? Yet another reason you will love Glasgow. Whilst Edinburgh could be described as the culture capital of Scotland, Glasgow would definitely be the music capital. The music scene spans the spectrum of urban, hip-hop, electronica, indie to Classical. Bands such as The Fratellis, Twin Atlantic & Franz Ferdinand all begun their careers gigging in Glasgow. The city also attracts some of the major performing artists such as Ed Sheeran, Jess Glynne and Taylor Swift to top class venues like the Hydro and the O2 Academy.
Another great thing about living in Edinburgh or Glasgow (or the central belt of Scotland as we like to call it) is you are only a couple of hours away from the Highlands. On the weekends you are free to roam the stunning scenery that is right on your doorstep. This is your chance to really immerse yourself in the heart of Scottish culture and if you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll love the exciting activities available to you. Maybe you will feel brave enough to summit all 4,411ft of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain, or perhaps you prefer the adrenaline rush of the world class mountain bike routes. Either way, you will never be short of fun things to do in this beautiful landscape.
Across the whole of Scotland you will find sport and leisure activities to suit every age and taste. Glasgow played host to the most recent Commonwealth games which was a huge success, largely due to the thousands of local keen, sport loving volunteers. The Scots are extremely passionate and competitive, a prime example of this in all its Scottish glory is the Highland games. The games comprise of Caber Toss, Stone Put and Sheaf Toss to name a few. As the birthplace of Golf back in the 15th century, Scotland has arguable the finest courses in the world. Lastly, if you’re up for great day out with a bunch of friendly and likeminded sport fans, then head to Murrayfield to support the National team in the 6 nations or autumn international test matches. See arch rivals England and Scotland go head to head in the annual Calcutta cup, a tradition since 1879. Hopefully after celebrating a win you can then catch a local tram to Rose Street to drink the night away.
Realistically this blog could go on forever and there are many brilliant sites out there you can use for further information such as Visit Scotland. However, if you’ve seen one of our positions up here in Scotland and think you’re ready for an adventure in this remarkable country……stop wondering and start living.