Retirement homes in Scotland

With its stunning highlands, proud castles and thriving, metropolitan cities, there might be no better place than Scotland to find a high-quality retirement property among scenic landscapes.

Choose a retirement home in a nation packed with history

Wherever you look in Scotland, you'll see evidence of its deep and rich heritage. From the mysterious stone circles that date back 5,000 years, right up to the opening of a new parliament in 1999, there's a whole world of history to explore and learn from.

You can see first-hand the ruins of Scotland's earliest castles, such as the 800-year-old Castle Sween, near Achnamara, or Aberdour Castle in Fife. There are also dozens of abbeys, churches and priories to explore, where you can trace the long history of religion across centuries.

You could spend your entire retirement trying to visit all of the historic sites around Scotland. Fortunately, there are more than 400 museums and art galleries to give you a head start, including the National Museum of Scotland and the famous Kelingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Experience the tranquillity and beauty of unspoilt natural surroundings

In a country that's renowned for its breath-taking landscapes, you shouldn't be surprised to see a diverse range of natural settings. Scotland has more than 11,000 kilometres of coastline, almost 50 National Nature Reserves, and over 1,400 Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

You can admire the vast views from the tops of mountains, follow miles of rivers and canals on scenic walking routes, or spot rare wildlife in a wide range of habitats and climates. There are also hundreds of islands to explore around the coast, from the rugged terrain of the Orkney Isles to the bird sanctuary on the Isle of May.

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Retirement Living - The perfect blend for many buyers - your own apartment, maintenance taken care of and the chance to socialise.

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Retirement Living PLUS - All the benefits of Retirement Living plus support and on-site catering for those wanting a little more help.

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Lifestyle Living - This pioneering concept provides luxurious homes in stunning locations for active over-55s.

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Keep up an active retiring lifestyle in a country packed with culture and sports

Whether you're in love with the Great Outdoors or you can't stay away from the theatre, you'll find a huge range of activities, shows and events all over Scotland.

There are hundreds of opportunities to get active around the country: you can fish, sail, cycle and hike, surrounded by fresh air and clean water. And Scotland is definitely the perfect place for golfers, with the highest number of golf courses per person than anywhere else in the world.

If you'd rather just relax and admire some world-class art and performances, you'll find hundreds of impressive venues, from famous city galleries to cosy, local theatres.

You can catch the Scottish Ballet company as it tours venues across Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness, see the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, or experience major West End shows at Edinburgh's Playhouse, the largest all-seated auditorium in the UK.

Wherever you choose your retirement home in Scotland, you won't be disappointed. If you want to have stunning landscapes and busy cities both within easy reach, have a look at some of the latest properties around Scotland:

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