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Living And Working In Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and situated in the south east of the country. You can easily step back in time whilst you walk along the cobbled streets and narrow alleyways or you can choose to enjoy a more vibrant and cosmopolitan experience - Edinburgh has everything you could possibly imagine a city has. It is very well connected by road networks and one of the many regular and direct trains will get you to London in as little as four and a half hours! Edinburgh Airport is Scotland's busiest airport and a flight from London typically takes little over an hour.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
April 2, 2024

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and situated in the south east of the country. You can easily step back in time whilst you walk along the cobbled streets and narrow alleyways or you can choose to enjoy a more vibrant and cosmopolitan experience -  Edinburgh has everything you could possibly imagine a city has. It is very well connected by road networks and one of the many regular and direct trains will get you to London in as little as four and a half hours! Edinburgh Airport is Scotland's busiest airport and a flight from London typically takes little over an hour.

Similar to many areas of Scotland, the weather generally has mild summers and cold winters, occasionally getting snow which enhances the magical ambience of the city and is a favourite with photographers. Edinburgh is 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.

A very interesting city with a rich and colourful history, it has held on proudly to its heritage. Last year it was voted as being the best city in the world. It consistently ranks as one of the most affluent and flourishing cities in the UK outside of London with a happy and healthy population.

The popular University of Edinburgh which first opened its doors to students in 1583, continues to attract students from all over the world due to its first class teaching facilities and excellent reputation. It is currently placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

The city is a leading financial centre within the UK. Major industries here include banking, finance, education, healthcare, software and digital, energy and engineering, creative, life sciences, food and drink and robotics and artificial intelligence. Hospitality, entertainment, retail and leisure are all thriving especially as they are linked to the huge amount of visitors drawn to Edinburgh. Tourism, both national and international, plays a massive part within Edinburgh's economy and brings in a staggering amount of revenue per annum.

The city has been carefully planning for its future with  initiatives such as the 2050 City Vision and other projects which include the tram to Newhaven, regeneration and building works, alongside the ambitious goal of becoming net zero carbon by 2030.

With so much to see and do in Edinburgh, just a handful of the more well known attractions include Edinburgh Castle which interestingly nestles upon an extinct volcano~Castle Rock~from which you can admire the unrivalled views of the city and beyond. You may even spot the ghosts that are said to haunt the castle! Edinburgh Zoo, Holyrood Park incorporating Arthurs Seat~ a large 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 are all definitely worth visiting.

Shopping and dining out in Edinburgh are fantastic experiences as you would expect with a major city. A snapshot of these include the famous Princes Street which offers a mix of high street brands and stores, George Street which is perfect for luxury shopping and the Royal Mile in the heart of the old town which has a variety of souvenir and Scottish themed goods. Do not miss the opportunity to sample traditional Scottish cuisine such as haggis, neeps and tatties in the many pubs, restaurants, cafes and market stalls.

It is often said that it is the locals that make all the difference when in a new place and as Edinburgh is often identified as being one the friendliest cities in the UK so you are certain of a warm welcome!

The next event being hosted by the UK Careers Fair will be held on April 10th between 10am - 2pm. The venue is the Assembly Rooms, EH2 2LR. The category A listed building Assembly Rooms was originally opened in 1787 and was solely used as a meeting place for social gatherings. This popular and much loved building, situated at the heart of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site is now used as an arts venue and for major public events.

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