Described as the Athens of the North, Scotland’s capital city has a more historic and European feel to it than its post-industrial neighbour Glasgow.
Voted the best city in the UK for the third year running in a poll by the Telegraph (beating London to the top spot), Edinburgh is a rich and diverse city, full of energy and excitement. With its plethora of shops, bars, and restaurants the nightlife here is up there with the best, while it also boasts some of the most beautiful and important museums and galleries in the country.
And when you throw the world’s largest arts festival into the mix, you’ll see that Auld Reekie is a cultural powerhouse in its own right.
Location, Location, Location
Edinburgh feels like a collection of little communities set amongst some of the most stunning architecture in Scotland. In fact, it has the highest concentration of listed buildings in the United Kingdom, and a number of World Heritage Sites.
Whether you want to be close to the city’s transport connections, or far enough out in the ‘burbs to enjoy some deserved peace and quiet, Edinburgh has you covered.
Where the Sun Shines
Famous for The Proclaimers’ love letter to their home city (Sunshine on Leith), the port of Leith has undergone something of a facelift over the last few decades. Once a thriving industrial town, it became part of the city in 1920. After a decline in the 1980s, it has bounced back to house some of Edinburgh’s finest bars and seafood restaurants, and some eye catching modern property developments too.
With the Leith Academy (one of the oldest schools in Scotland), plenty of shops, and the Ocean Terminal shopping and entertainment complex, this part of the city is ideal for families, students, and young professionals alike.
Village Life in the City
Located to the north of the city, Stockbridge really does feel like a village, however it’s only a 15 minute walk to Edinburgh’s main shopping street, Princes Street.
Not that you’ll need to wander down there often, as its own main street, Raeburn Place, is home to plenty of quirky and interesting shops and restaurants. The area known as the ‘Stockbridge Colonies’ was constructed as low-cost housing for the city’s working class, yet now it’s one of the most affluent, fashionable, and desirable neighbourhoods around.
When the sun shines, you’re only a stone’s throw from the peaceful Royal Botanical Gardens. And if you’d like to go a bit further afield, Stockbridge is equidistant from both of Edinburgh’s main railway stations (a 25 minute walk in either direction).
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