Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and situated in the south east of the country. It has a population of just over 542,000 residents which has seen a slight increase over the last year. Whether you wish to step back in time while you investigate the cobbled streets and narrow alleyways or enjoy a more vibrant and cosmopolitan experience, Edinburgh has it all.
A most interesting city with a rich and colourful history which has held on proudly to its heritage but also embraced modernisation, it boasts the title of ‘best small city of the future’ and is consistently ranked as one of the most affluent and flourishing cities in the UK outside of London. Internationally, it was recently ranked as the thirteenth largest financial centre and the fourth largest in Europe. Edinburgh University attracts many gifted students from all over the world due to being highly acclaimed.
Major industries therefore obviously involve banking and financial services but also a large focus is on education, biotechnology, transport and construction, entertainment and leisure...and of course, not forgetting their world famous whiskies! Tourism, both national and international, plays a massive factor within Edinburgh's economy and brings in a staggering amount of revenue per annum.
With so much to see and do in Edinburgh, just a handful of the more well known attractions are Edinburgh Castle ( which interestingly nestles upon an extinct volcano~Castle Rock) from which you can admire the unrivalled views of the city and beyond, Edinburgh Zoo, Holyrood Park incorporating Arthurs Seat~ a 640 acre park close to Holyrood Palace, the Scottish National Gallery, Dynamic Earth Museum and the eerie yet fascinating underground city of The Real Mary Kings Close.
Like much of Scotland, the weather has mild summers and cold winters, occasionally getting snow which enhances the magical ambience of the city.
Edinburgh is also a coastal city situated on the Firth of Forth which is an estuary leading to the North Sea and so several unique and beautiful beaches are within easy reach.
Edinburgh Airport is Scotland's busiest airport and a flight from London typically takes little over an hour and is also easily accessible by road or rail.
Living here, in a major city, is certainly not as expensive as London and is reasonably priced in comparison to the rest of the UK. There are more expensive areas, less expensive areas and areas that are becoming more desirable so it is sensible to look around but whether you choose to buy a modern flat or rent a family friendly house, you can never be disappointed in this wonderful city.
There are a wide selection of restaurants and shops to explore which will cater for all tastes, budgets and preferences. It’s often said that it is the locals that make all the difference and according to recent in depth studies by a well known leisure company, Edinburgh has been named as the friendliest city in the UK so you are certain of a warm welcome.
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