Working in the South of Scotland

From the rugby playing heartlands of the Scottish Borders to writer Robert Burns’ Dumfries and Galloway, the South of Scotland offers a pleasant pace of life in one of the country’s diverse economies.


The Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway make up the South of Scotland – each economically distinctive with a wealth of history, culture and tradition. Approximately 638,000 people call this combined area home.

It’s not just athletes, artists and writers that have been drawn to and inspired by South of Scotland. If you’ve ever dreamed about magnificent countryside coupled with the perfect lifestyle, the South of Scotland is for you.

South of Scotland

The Scottish Borders are in a key location for the central belt and the North of England. The regions beautiful countryside is complimented by good transport links, a wide range of property options and an excellent education system. The South’s friendly communities will instantly make you feel at home.

A variety of career opportunities

The diverse career opportunities in industries like renewables and tourism attract skilled professionals to the region. The area’s rich heritage of agriculture, textiles manufacturing and trade is offset by a range of growing businesses in creative industries, design, pharmaceuticals, food and drink and telecoms.

Short commutes to work, beautiful surroundings and vibrant communities make living and working in this area particularly appealing and enjoyable.

Something for every taste

Miles of beautiful beaches and impressive countryside run along the border to England. And you won't need to look very far to find intriguing historical charm, castles and monuments. From children's amusement parks to many museums and galleries, there's lots to discover in the South Scotland.

You’ll be spoiled by the delicious local produce served at eateries throughout the region. Work up an appetite golfing, kayaking and hiking in lush surroundings or take in a bit of retail therapy in the one of the main towns of the regions.

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Getting around

Getting to and around the South of Scotland is easy - all major areas are connected to the motorway network with only 90 minutes from Dumfries to Edinburgh and only an hour between Glasgow.

The nearby Glasgow Prestwick International airport keeps you connected throughout the country, in addition to international routes across Europe like France, Spain and Germany.

Buses are widely available, even in remote locations, and are generally an inexpensive way to travel. Or take in some of the splendid scenery by exploring the region by train, which also links to the rest of Scotland and the wider UK.

You can also sail across to Northern Ireland on the ferries from the West Coast sea ports of Cairnryan, Stranraer and Troon.

Explore your career options in exceptional surroundings and enjoy the peaceful tranquility the South of Scotland offers.