Moving to Scotland from Australia

Famous for its stunning scenery, vibrant culture and cutting edge innovation, Scotland has a renowned reputation for providing visitors with a warm, friendly and open welcome.

Moving and Living in Scotland

Scotland is the most northern part of the United Kingdom and is divided into three topographic areas: the Highlands in the north, Midland Valley and the Southern Uplands. The Grampian Mountains contain Britain’s highest mountains and provide many cliffs and pinnacles challenging mountaineers and serious hikers. Many tourists come from overseas to explore Scotland’s rural parklands around Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley.

Most of Scotland consists of hilly land, with hill sheep farming still popular within the Southern Uplands and in the Highlands. The seafood industry is vital to the economy, with about two-thirds of Britain’s fish and shellfish caught and handled by Scottish ports.

Scotland has a strong culture, with many customs and traditions stemming from the country’s diverse background. Bagpipes are one of the most recognisable symbols of Scottish culture, with the form of the kilt as the national costume seen at social occasions, major occasions and festivals.

Scotland is the most northern part of the United Kingdom and is divided into three topographic areas: the Highlands in the north, Midland Valley and the Southern Uplands. The Grampian Mountains contain Britain’s highest mountains and provide many cliffs and pinnacles challenging mountaineers and serious hikers. Many tourists come from overseas to explore Scotland’s rural parklands around Greater Glasgow and the Clyde Valley. Most of Scotland consists of hilly land, with hill sheep farming still popular within the Southern Uplands and in the Highlands. The seafood industry is vital to the economy, with about two-thirds of Britain's fish and shellfish caught and handled by Scottish ports.

Food and drink are a major part of the Scottish culture and heritage, with famous meals such as haggis, Angus beef, shortbreads and whiskey offered on the menu. Scottish whiskey is one of Scotland’s leading exports. 

Edinburgh and Glasgow are considered the cultural capital cities of Scotland, home to institutions such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera. Other attractions include the National Galleries of Scotland (of which there are seven), the annual Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh War Museum. 

The Scottish Highland Games have been part of Scotland’s culture for hundreds of years, celebrating community, heritage and individual achievements. The season for these games begins in May, peaking in July and August with 30 events each month and ending in September. Showcasing traditional Highland sports such as the caber toss, tug o’ war and hammer throw, the events showcase Highland dancing and music, focusing on family fun with food and craft stalls. 

Moving your household goods to Scotland

Visa and Immigration Information

The following information and links will inform you about UK Government services in Australia.

British High Commission, Canberra, Australia

Contact the British High Commission by visiting Commonwealth Avenue, Yarramumla, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia. Phone +612 6270 6666 Fax +612 6273 3236 Email australia.enquiries@fco.gov.uk
There are consulates-general in Sydney and Melbourne and consulates in Brisbane and Perth. With over one million Britons living in Australia and over 590,000 visiting every year, the consulates support British nationals if they need assistance: https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-high-commission-canberra

UK Visa Information

General visa information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration

UK Passport Information

General passport information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports

UK Immigration Information

General immigration information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration

UK Citizenship Information

A guide to citizenship: https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/citizenship

Social Media Links

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ukinaustralia
Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/ukinaustralia

UK Trade & Investment

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy.
We also help overseas companies bring their high-quality investment to the UK’s dynamic economy: https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/uk-trade-investment-australia

British Council, Australia

Connects people with learning opportunities and creative ideas from the UK. Whether you want to learn or teach English, take an exam, study in the UK or find out about our forthcoming events, this is the place to start: https://www.britishcouncil.org.au/

Visit Britain, Australia

Places to visit, things to do, travel advice and accommodation throughout Britain: http://www.visitbritain.com/en/AU/