Welcome to Scotland: A guide for Service personnel and their families in Scotland - updated 2024

Welcome to Scotland is a guide to support service personnel and their families upon their move to Scotland. Due to the moving nature of service personnel and their families they can be transferred to different bases. This guide gives key information on what to expect when moving to Scotland.


On behalf of the Scottish Government, it is my pleasure to welcome you and your family to Scotland. Going back through history, Scotland has always had close ties to the Armed Forces community and we are immensely proud of our military heritage.

The Armed Forces community is a true asset to our country and I am passionate about championing your interests and ensuring that we deliver the best possible level of care and support to service families during your time here and deliver the aims of the Armed Forces Covenant.

Here in Scotland we recognise the importance of ensuring close integration between the Armed Forces and local communities. This booklet has been designed specifically to help support you with your move and provides practical information on key topics such as housing, education, healthcare and employment.

I hope you will find it helpful and that you and your family enjoy the many benefits that our beautiful country has to offer.

Graeme Dey

Minister for Veterans


Email: veteransunit@gov.scot

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