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City of Edinburgh

As Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh is the whole package for people looking for a new build home. Excellent schooling and employment opportunities, outstanding culture and a walkable size contribute to it consistently featuring at the top of lists of the best cities to live in the UK.

Thanks to the excellent transport system, you’ll easily be able to enjoy all that the city has to offer. No matter the location of your new home, you can have access to both the centre and the suburbs, as well as the surrounding regional parks, beaches and countryside.

Edinburgh is a historic location with an exciting future. While it has all of the amenities and activities you’d expect to find in a capital city, it’s manageable in size and green spaces are easy to access. It is the perfect location for career-focused first-time buyers, retirees who want to benefit from all that the city has to offer and families who want to provide a great education and vibrant upbringing for their children.

Living in City of Edinburgh

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.

Excellent transport

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.