Edinburgh is regularly voted as one of the best and most desirable places to live in the UK. Located between two dormant volcanoes and set within some spectacular countryside, the city’s collection of medieval and Georgian architecture make it one of the world’s most picturesque cities.
Edinburgh offers an enviable lifestyle and one which other European capital cities find hard to match. With over 400 pubs and a lively nightlife, it is the perfect place for a night out and the city’s shopping districts offer all the retail therapy you could ever need.
As you would expect in a cosmopolitan capital city, Edinburgh has an excellent choice of local amenities such as childcare facilities, public and private healthcare services, state and private schools, places of worship for many denominations, and over 20 leisure centres and 10 swimming pools.
Unsurprisingly for a city that attracts around 4 million visitors a year, tourism is a growth sector, contributing £1.73bn to the local economy each year. As the seat of the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh is also a centre of national and local government making the public sector a significant employer in the city region.
The Edinburgh Festival is the largest cultural event in the world; over 1.7 million visits descend on the city every August to take in the many arts and cultural festivals that take place simultaneously.
Festivals continue to take place throughout the year in Edinburgh with performances and events taking place in the city’s many theatres, museums and galleries, as well as on the streets.
Edinburgh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are many historical buildings and sites to explore and unwind in.
With direct air links to the UK, Europe, America and beyond, Edinburgh city region is one of the best connected areas of Scotland.
The express train link between Glasgow and Edinburgh serves commuters from either city in less than one hour, whilst the M8 motorway transports commuters in approximately 50 minutes.