Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and situated in the south east of the country. Whether you wish to step back in time while you walk along the cobbled streets and narrow alleyways or enjoy a more vibrant and cosmopolitan experience, Edinburgh has it all. It is very well connected by road networks and one of the many regular and direct trains will get you in to London in just over four hours! Edinburgh Airport is Scotland's busiest airport and a flight from London typically takes little over an hour but the city is also easily accessible by road or rail.
Like much of Scotland, the weather has mild summers and cold winters, occasionally getting snow which enhances the magical ambience of the city which 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 most interesting city with a rich and colourful history which has held on proudly to its heritage but also fully embraced modernisation, it boasts the title of ‘best city in the world’ according to Time Out magazine and is consistently ranked as one of the most affluent and flourishing cities in the UK outside of London. Edinburgh is a leading financial centre within the UK, Europe and is steadily rising globally. The award winning EICC hosts regular conferences and events for the financial sector.
The popular University of Edinburgh which attracts students from all over the world is one of the world's top universities with consistent high rankings and an excellent reputation.
Major industries 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 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 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. Edinburgh is consistently classed as one the friendliest cities in the UK so you are very certain of a warm welcome!
If you’re looking for a new career in Edinburgh, we recommend attending our Edinburgh Careers Fair! Our career fair will offer candidates from all backgrounds, experience and education levels the opportunity to speak to representatives from an abundance of local employers. Book a ticket today!