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Relocate and Work Remotely In The Scottish Borders

Updated on February 26, 2014

Is the daily commute to and from work gradually grinding you down? Ever felt as if the balance between work and pleasure inevitably tips in favour of work? Do you wish you could live life at your own pace without feeling as if you’re being inexorably carried along on the daily 9 to 5 express? The chances are that all of us have considered these questions at some time or other. One solution is to have the ability to work from home. Running a business from home or having the ability to work remotely in your job can drastically improve your quality of life. It also allows you the opportunity to choose your ideal home location. But where will you go to find this magic balance between work and pleasure?

Scottish Borders Coastal Scenery
Scottish Borders Coastal Scenery

Location

Consider the Scottish Borders. This is the region that extends from the south east coast of Scotland westwards for approximately 60 miles. The Scottish Border region consists of eighteen hundred square miles of picturesque rolling hill land bordered to the east by sandy beaches and dramatic rocky coastline. Here you’ll find that you are never too far from local amenities yet have the space and time to enjoy the gentle pace of life in an atmosphere of rural relaxation.

More for your money

A recent Labour Force Survey of UK workers found that although around 25% of the workforce ‘sometimes’ worked from home, only 2.5% mainly worked from home. However due to the current economic downturn this figure is likely to steadily increase as unemployment and redundancy has given many people to opportunity to become self employed and mainly working from home. Those looking to relocate to the Scottish Border region will find that house prices are on average around 100k lower that the UK average. This means that you’ll probably be able to afford the extra space that is sometimes needed when working from home.

The Scottish Borders Region
The Scottish Borders Region

Ideally located

The Scottish Borders is located roughly half way between the major cities of Edinburgh to the north and Newcastle upon Tyne to the south east. Average travel time to each is just over an hour. Each city has excellent air and rail links to London and beyond. The local travel infrastructure in the Borders is generally excellent. The nearby town of Berwick upon Tweed lies on the main east coast rail network and has regular daily services that allow convenient connections to any part of the UK. Ongoing work to reopen the new Borders Railway means that by 2015 the Scottish Borders will have 30 miles of new track with a direct rail link to Edinburgh Waverley Station.

High speed broadband

Broadband internet access and speeds in the area are generally good and this situation is expected to improve further after the announcement of £21 million in funding to South of Scotland Broadband project which is gradually rolling out super fast broadband services in the region.

Explore the area

Choosing where you’ll live in the Scottish Borders definitely demands a visit to see the area for yourself. An ideal place to begin your explorations is the centrally situated Border Abbey town of Melrose. This will be the end point of the new Borders Railway line and the town offers a good range local amenities. For those that enjoy the outdoor life it offers excellent walking, cycling, and fishing and is also home to the world famous Melrose Rugby Sevens tournament. Choose from a selection of local Melrose accommodation and spend a few days experiencing the unique personality of this unspoilt area.

Towns, Landscape and Attractions

Scottish Borders Regional Map

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The View From Your Office?
The View From Your Office?

Find your dream house in the Scottish Borders and turn the daily commute to work into a mere walk from the kitchen to your office room. Enjoy a peaceful view of rolling hills knowing that your client is just an email or a telephone call way. Work smarter but just don’t get caught working in your pyjamas.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      4 years ago from Norfolk

      jgwhite66 -

      You are so right - it is a stunning part of the Country. I hope to do a bit more exploring sometime next year - perhaps take in a few of the Islands - I fancy to do a bit of photography in your neck of the woods.

      You have a great day - even if it is not California:)

      Sally

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      John Goodwin White 

      4 years ago from Scotland

      I now live on the coast not far from Berwick upon Tweed. It's a beautiful part of the country and well worth a visit. Sally, I remember visiting the Isle of Skye before the bridge was built but haven't been back there since sadly.

      Working from home does take a bit of discipline but I enjoy being able to dictate my own hours, and yes, most days you I do end up doing overtime. Mind you, some days I wish I was in California :-)

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      Judy Specht 

      4 years ago from California

      How come you have been here so long without followers?

      Good to meet you, glad you have spoken up.-

      Love working from home, it does take self- direction and boundaries. We have found that we work far more hours than when we are limited by the train schedule or we get distracted.

      I would love to live on the Scottish coast.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      4 years ago from Norfolk

      jgwhite66

      Welcome to Hub Pages

      I would certainly be up for this - can't think of anything I would like more. I have been to Scotland - actually stayed in Berwick-Upon- Tweed once on my way to the Hebrides. I called in at the Isle of Muck and Skye long before the bridge had been built to get there - a very memorable trip as there were a bunch of Irish singers on the small boat we rode on. Love this and look forward to reading more.

      Sally

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