Moving to Scotland

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This article provides some general information which may be of interest to individuals and businesses requiring international removals to the country.

About the road network in Scotland

Scotland has an excellent road network with motorways and dual carriageway roads linking many of the main cities and towns. The primary road network extends over most of the country except for a few remote areas, where there are single track roads with passing places (this means that you have to draw in to let others pass or overtake). It is part of the pleasurable quality of life in getting away from traffic jams to drive on the quiet roads in Scotland. There are no tolls on the roads in Scotland but there are three bridges which have a toll charge - the Forth, Tay and Erskine bridges.

Please remember that in Scotland, as elsewhere in the UK, driving is always on the left-hand side of the road. The holder of an overseas driving licence may, for a period of up to one year, drive a motor vehicle in Britain. Visitors bringing their own cars from overseas require green-card insurance and the car registration documents. You are strongly advised not to drink and drive. If caught and convicted, the criminal penalties can be severe.

Unless otherwise signposted, speed limits on UK roads are:
Motorway: 70 mph/ 112 kph
Dual Carriageway: 70 mph/ 112 kph
Single Carriageway: 60 mph/ 96 kph
Built-up areas: 30 mph/ 48 kph

Unmarked police cars patrol regularly and remote speed cameras are positioned on many roads.

Many fuel stations throughout Scotland are open 24 hours a day and all provide unleaded and lead-replacement petrol and diesel. In remote areas, distances between stations are greater and opening hours may be shorter. Fuel is priced and sold by the litre. It is compulsory to wear seat belts, both front and rear. Small children and babies must be restrained in an appropriate child seat or carrier.

The rules for driving in Britain can be found in The Highway Code , available from Her Majesty's Stationery Offices (i.e. government bookshops), other bookshops, and newsagents and from motoring organisations such as the AA and the RAC.

About getting married in Scotland

In days gone by, the law was such in Scotland, that couples over the age of sixteen could marry (without parental consent) either in a religious ceremony following proclamation of banns or simply by declaring themselves man and wife in front of witnesses. However, in 1940 an Act of Parliament ruled that civil marriages could only be conducted by authorised registrars.

Current law:

  • prior residence in Scotland is not a pre-requisite to marriage
  • minimum age remains sixteen
  • both parties must be free to marry (i.e. any previous marriage must have been terminated by divorce, death or annulment)
  • they must not be related to each other in any way which may impede them from marrying. Details of forbidden degrees of relationship are listed in the leaflet RM1 (Marriage in Scotland) which is available from any Registrar of births, deaths and marriages in Scotland or from the General Register Office for Scotland in Edinburgh.
  • both parties must be capable of understanding the nature of the ceremony and of giving free consent
  • the marriage would be regarded as valid in any foreign country to which either party belongs.

Religion and worship

In Scotland, people of many different religions, denominations and beliefs co-exist. The most widely practised faith in Scotland is Christianity, of which the most common denomination is Presbyterianism (represented by the Church of Scotland). Your nearest place of worship can be obtained from the appropriate contact point listed below:

  • Baptist Union of Scotland, 14 Aytoun Road, Glasgow, G41 5RT Tel: 0141 423 6169
  • Catholic Church, 5 St Vincent Place, Glasgow G1 2DH Tel: 0141 221 1168 Fax: 0141 204 2458
  • Church of Scotland, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 Tel: 0131 225 5722 Fax: 0131 220 3113
  • Edinburgh Buddhist Centre, 10 Viewforth, Edinburgh EH10 4JF Tel: 0131 228 3333
  • Glasgow Buddhist Centre, 329 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3HW Tel: 0141 333 0524
  • Hindu Mandir & Cultural Centre, Contact: Mr Lal Tel: 0131 667 6064
  • Jehovah's Witnesses, 10 Pennywell Road, Edinburgh EH4 Tel: 0131 343 3005
  • Jewish Synagogue & Community Centre, 4 Salisbury Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AB Tel: 0131 667 3144
  • Scottish Episcopal Church, General Senate Office, 21 Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 5EE Tel: 0131 225 6357 Fax: 0131 346 7247
  • The Salvation Army, 101 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BN Tel: 0845 634 0101 (UK). +44 (0)20 7367 4500 (overseas).
  • Sikh Temple, 1 Sheriff Brae, Edinburgh EH6 6ZZ Tel: 0131 553 7207 Contact: Ragbir Singh (Vice President) Mobile no: 0777 994848
  • UK Islamic Mission, 19 Carrington Street, Glasgow G4 9AJ Tel: 0141 331 1119 or 0141 333 9105