Moving to Falkirk?

Hi all

Myself and my partner are moving to Scotland in August and have been to look at linlithgow. I was wondering though if anyone could advise me of good areas to live in the falkirk region and areas to avoid as it seems cheaper to be there (my money saving side coming out!!) :confused:

We are looking to rent for 6mths so we can get the feel for the place, also if anyone knows of good rental agents can you pass them on. :D
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  • Emms
    Emms Posts: 956 Forumite
    I live just outside Falkirk in Bonnybridge. Its a nice enough wee town, lots of new builds but were hoping to move into Falkirk soon as I want to be closer to a train station. ( Other half can drive to work and park in their private car park so hes quite happy here whereas Ive got a 10-15 drive to the train first ) Linlithgow is really nice but it is more expensive. Falkirk is handy cause its kinda half way between Edinburgh and Glasgow so good for commuting. I think theres a lot of nice areas in Falkirk but it all depends on your budget really. You would probably be best to come up for a few days and have a look around before you decide for sure where you want to go.

    Emma :)
  • I am originally from Grangemouth (Nr Falkirk) and wouldn't recommend Grangemouth as it's mainly petro chems. Falkirk is ok and is reasonable for council tax. It has good shopping facilities and reasonable property prices. I don't know about schools though (if this is relevant to you). If you do see any properties that interest you, you could let me know and I could run the addresses by my brother (who lives in Falkirk) - I'm sure he will know good/bad areas.

    You could check out the local newspaper: https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk for rentals or alternatively https://www.letting-solutions.co.uk sometimes have Central Scotland lettings. Another good source is https://www.espc.co.uk - they have rental listings.

    Didn't you like Linlithgow then? I understand property prices are quite pricey. Have you thought about Livingston? It's on the M8, 20 minutes from Edinburgh and about 20 minutes to Falkirk - great shopping too!

    If I can help with anything, just pm me and I'll do my best to help.

    Good luck!
  • claireiom
    claireiom Posts: 53 Forumite
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    Didn't you like Linlithgow then? I understand property prices are quite pricey. Have you thought about Livingston? It's on the M8, 20 minutes from Edinburgh and about 20 minutes to Falkirk - great shopping too!

    I did like Linlithgow but found that the rental prices can be a lot higher than surrounding areas.
    The problem that we have is that we need a good rail link so that OH can get into Edinburgh for a job and a bus service so I can get to Uni in Stirling (bus is lots cheaper for me) I want a bus service that goes straight to Stirling in under an hour so that cuts out Livingston, thats why I was looking in the Falkirik region.

    We are coming over again in July and will be lining up properties for that area along with Linlithgow so that we can compare what you get in each area.
    I have seen some houses in Polmount (which I believe has a train station) and also Halls Glen which I believe looks over Callender Park.

    I would appreciate it if you could ask your brother if those areas where any good and anywhere he could recommend within walking distance of a train station.

    I want to narrow the search down to areas as I only have 3 days when we come over.

    Thanks again
  • claireiom
    claireiom Posts: 53 Forumite
    Emms wrote:
    but were hoping to move into Falkirk soon as I want to be closer to a train station. Linlithgow is really nice but it is more expensive. Falkirk is handy cause its kinda half way between Edinburgh and Glasgow so good for commuting. I think theres a lot of nice areas in Falkirk but it all depends on your budget really. You would probably be best to come up for a few days and have a look around before you decide for sure where you want to go.

    Emma :)

    The maximum budget we can go for is £500pm plus council tax, are there any areas in particular near train stations that you would be looking at then?

    Just trying to narrow search down so when I come over I will get the maximum benefit of my time there.

    Claire
  • Polmont is nice and it does have a train station. I don't know anything about Hallglen but you'd probably have to get a bus to the train station(s) in Falkirk.

    There is also a train station in Larbert (just on the outskirts of Falkirk and a nice place). I don't know if it has a direct bus link to Stirling though. Falkirk has two train stations: Grahamston which is in the town centre and the High Station. I know that Grahamston have direct trains to Edinburgh and Glasgow and there is a big bus station which has buses to Stirling. If I were you, I'd have a look at Falkirk, Polmont and Larbert. Although Linlithgow is closer for your OH to travel to Edinburgh, you'd have a fair trek to Stirling each day.

    You are wise to come and spend a couple of days trying to get a "feel" for the different areas. I can recommend a good hotel in Falkirk if you are looking for one!

    Good luck and do let me know if you need any more info.
  • Emms
    Emms Posts: 956 Forumite
    I dont think Hall Glen is the best of areas. Might be wrong but im sure we drove round it when we were looking for a house and we werent overly impressed. I dont think you will get a direct bus from Polmont to Stirling but pretty sure you would from Falkirk. Area near Falkirk High station is nice and some nice places near the hospital. Theres a lot of new build flats going up near the station. Cant really think about much more than that.

    Emma :)
  • Gadget-guy
    Gadget-guy Posts: 181 Forumite
    Hi, I live in Polmont and it is a very nice and quiet place to stay :D , we are selling but looking for a bigger place in Polmont. The train station is quite central, you will get to edinburgh in about 20 mins. and to Stirling in the same, the trains for both are about every half an hour, there is also a bus service to both which will take quite a bit more time. There is a quite a large co-op and they are in the middle of building a new Tesco (there are a few other shops), the UK no.1 chip shop, great chinese takeaway, very good schools etc., it would be worth your time to look at Brightons, Wallacestone, Polmont which are all in the Braes area and are quite a bit cheaper than Linlithgow (which is a very nice place). Falkirk town has some great choices also, would probably stay clear of Hallglen (no offence) :rolleyes: .

    Try the following for rental properties.

    http://www.propertyfinder.com/property/Flats/rent/L13464

    http://www.s1homes.com/directory/rent/Falkirk+(Area)/

    http://www.email4property.co.uk/falkirk/estate-agents.htm

    http://www.lettingweb.com/Dir_Property_Txt-2_LocType-1_ID-00QQ_Falkirk.htm

    http://www.hotproperty.co.uk/renting/Property_Search/List_Locality/Stirlingshire~Falkirk.html

    http://www.propertiestoday.co.uk/frontpage.aspx?sitecode=FALK

    Try the following to buy.

    http://www.yourmove.co.uk/html/default.htm

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-in--stirlingshire--central-scotland.rsp

    http://www.slaterhogg.co.uk/frame.asp?url=http://www.rightmove.co.uk/rm/action/ShowBranch/svr/1037?ag_u=4885

    http://www.espc.com/EspcPublic/UniversalPages/DetailedSearchCriteria1.aspx

    http://www.remax-scotland.com/PubScripts/OfficeFull.asp?OfficeId=74039&Region=7&Lang=ENG

    http://www.iangrayestateagents.co.uk/

    http://www.radenny.co.uk/property.html

    http://www.marshallwilson.com/

    http://www.propertiestoday.co.uk/frontpage.aspx?sitecode=FALK

    The following would help you find the properties.

    http://www.streetmap.co.uk/

    http://www.theaa.com/travelwatch/planner_main.jsp?database=B

    Good luck and just ask any other questions and I will try my best to answer. ;)
  • claireiom
    claireiom Posts: 53 Forumite
    Thanks for all your responses, think there must be a new development in Hallglen called the Bath House as lots of them are up for rent. Some sites say then in Hallglen, others say they are in Falkirk central so not sure!!!

    Def think that Polmont is in the running due to the station etc and will be looking at properties coming up there along with linlithgow.
  • Gadget-guy
    Gadget-guy Posts: 181 Forumite
    The new houses that you are talking about are not in Hallglen but are close, the are at the top of Falkirk about 10 mins walk from Falkirk High station (this is the main station, Edinburgh trains are every 15 mins from there).
  • claireiom
    claireiom Posts: 53 Forumite
    Gadget-guy wrote:
    The new houses that you are talking about are not in Hallglen but are close, the are at the top of Falkirk about 10 mins walk from Falkirk High station (this is the main station, Edinburgh trains are every 15 mins from there).


    Thanks for that, some of them seemed to say Hallglen on the letting agents sites. That makes it better if within walking distance of the train, they are def on my list to look at then!

    Has anyone heard anything about Camelon, near the canal? Or New Carron Village, found some flats there that look nice in the pictures.
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