World-class shopping, a fascinating history and a wealth of attractions are just some of the reasons why Edinburgh is such a universal destination and a highly sought-after place to live. The scenic Scottish capital has been the inspiration and setting for numerous works of film and literature, and it’s not hard to see why – the beautiful architecture, dramatic views and historic architecture are enough to make anyone want to book a visit. This welcoming city is also home to thriving industry, a dynamic cultural scene, buzzing nightlife and a mouthwatering food scene, not to mention an impressive transport network, making it a great place to call home whatever your lifestyle. For those living in the city suburbs and slightly further afield, there’s the added benefit of being close to some glorious countryside such as the Pentland Hills Regional Park, we well as to the coast. The city also has great connections to most areas of Scotland, as well as flights and rail links to much of the UK.
Exceptional attractions and amenities
The city, which expanded rapidly from the 1500s, has history and culture in abundance, with sites of interest including the majestic castle, Princes Street Gardens and Holyrood Park, where the famous Arthur’s Seat is located. When the weather gets chilly (and it does), you could head inside to one of the many world-class museums and galleries, or browse one of the hundreds of shops on famous Princes Street and the surrounding maze of shopping streets. As for food and drink, there’s a fantastic range, from cosy pubs and coffee shops to Michelin-starred establishments.
For shopping outside the centre, you’ll find everything you need at Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre southeast of the city, Cameron Toll Shopping Centre to the south, or one of the retail superstores in the surrounding towns.
And how could you forget the many festivals that take place in Edinburgh every year, especially the extravaganza of the Fringe which takes place for a month every year – thousands of tourists travel the length of the country to visit every year, but for those lucky enough to live there it’s just a quick journey into the centre.
Education for all
Edinburgh boasts a wide range of well-respected schooling for children of all ages, with several featuring among the best schools in Scotland. There’s an excellent choice of nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and colleges in areas surrounding the city, and of course, Edinburgh University is world-renowned.
Edinburgh is very much a walkable city, with the compact centre meaning most attractions are within a few minutes of each other – the hilly landscape means it’s also a good way to get some exercise! For travelling in or out of the city, the Edinburgh bypass leads to the M8 and M9, ideal for commuters. The city is also served by regular buses along with a Park and Ride scheme into the centre.
Edinburgh Waverley train station has regular trains to Glasgow, Dundee, Perth and further afield to Leeds, Manchester and London Kings Cross. For travel by air, Edinburgh airport is just over 7 miles from the city centre and offers a wide range of national and international destinations.