FOR me, Killearn is a Scottish village like no other. The atmosphere is calm but lively, and the perfect place for young families – something I know through experience having grown up nearby. 

It’s the birthplace of Scottish historian and humanist scholar George Buchanan, but that’s not all it is famed for; Killearn also holds the title of being one of the ‘poshest’ villages in the UK, according to The Telegraph. 

Whilst this may seem the case to an outsider, the inclusivity and neighbourly spirit in Killearn is second to none, and you can trust that your neighbours are keeping a watchful eye over your home whilst you’re away. 

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The heart of the village is without a doubt the local pub, The Old Mill, which boasts a new beer garden, gourmet food, and a cheap pint. The same familiar faces are there Monday to Sunday, and you’ll never be without somebody to talk to. 

The National: The Old Mill's beer garden/ FacebookThe Old Mill's beer garden/ Facebook

The village is often described as a perfect "forever home". From the excellent afterschool activities, to the "Monday Club" for the senior ladies of the village, people of all ages are catered to. 

For many who commute into the city every day, Killearn is their haven away from the hustle and bustle of work life. 

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At the weekends, you will often find people heading out to fish and hill walk, with plenty of options within five minutes of each other. 

Whilst the village is a popular pitstop for tourists headed to the nearby Glengoyne Distillery, the close-knit population of almost 2000 people never feels diluted, and you can trust that a quick walk to the shop will never be quick with all the people that you’ll end up chatting to. 

Outlander’s famous Devil’s Pulpit is only a few minutes away in the car and is a popular destination for tourists and mountain rescue teams alike, but living nearby allows you to visit in off-peak times and have the place all to yourself. 

For some, the idea of being in a village where everyone knows the name of your goldfish can seem scary, but Glasgow is just a twenty-five-minute drive away, and so you can have the perfect balance of city and country living without the suburban traffic and noise pollution that comes from living in the outskirts of the city.