Edinburgh and the surrounding Lothians make for a region of iconic, historic landmarks (the Castle and the Forth Rail Bridge amongst many others), a world famous arts festival and many opportunities for interesting, stimulating and challenging work.
Scotland’s capital city, with historical links to Europe (it’s often called ‘the Athens of the North’), is home to nearly 470,000 people and offers a beguiling mixture of old and new, from the ancient streets of the Royal Mile and Holyrood to the neo-classical grandeur of the New Town (together with the Old Town, it was made designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995). It is a seat of government (the Scottish Parliament is based at Holyrood, opposite the Queen’s Scottish palace), and also the major financial and insurance centre in the country. In 2013, Edinburgh was ranked the third best city to live and work in the UK.
Like Glasgow, its universities bring in a huge number of students from across the world. Here, you can enjoy the benefits of living in a major, cosmopolitan city with the feel of a welcoming town. That said, it can be an expensive place to buy property but many people find excellent accommodation outside the city, where there are many areas of beautiful coastline and countryside, especially to the east and the ‘golf coast’ of East Lothian.
The East of Scotland in general, and Edinburgh in particular, is one of the most prosperous areas in Scotland and one of the fastest-growing and most productive cities in the UK. Across a number of business sectors, Scotland’s capital is a magnet for established as well as young companies, start-ups and entrepreneurs. Industries such as financial services, technology & software, life sciences, tourism and food and drink are vibrant and create strong demands on the city’s recruitment firms.
Edinburgh International Airport is located 8 miles to the west of the city centre and is the principal gateway to the city as well as being the busiest airport in Scotland. The Edinburgh tram system (opened in May 2014) connects the airport with the city centre, making it a popular method of transport across the city for many workers. Suburban trains are adequate but not as good as Glasgow, however, the bus network is first-class and the most popular means of public transport in Edinburgh.
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