The capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh is a cosmopolitan setting where a strong and long history meets contemporary shopping and structures. Historical and cultural attractions that attract thousands of tourists to the city annually include Edinburgh Castle, the Old Town and the 18th Century Georgian New Town.
As well as the vast history to offer residents and visitors, Edinburgh holds a number of festivals including the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe, dedicated to the arts, culture and comedy, as well as the city’s famous Hogmanay festival.
House prices are above the national average, currently sitting at just over £303,000. Whilst that makes Edinburgh a more expensive place to live, there’s a wide range of amenities, leisure facilities and nightlife to justify the price.
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If you’re considering Edinburgh as your next place to settle down, you’ll be pleased to know that their transport infrastructure is second to none.
Edinburgh Waverley is the city’s main railway station, connecting the Scottish capital to other parts of the country such as Glasgow, Aberdeen and towns within the highlands. There are also direct routes to London Kings Cross, as well as Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds.
Getting round the city itself is very straightforward too, with a regular tram network that takes passengers to major parts of Edinburgh and the surrounding areas, including Edinburgh Airport. There’s also a bus route which takes passengers further afield to nearby towns and serves more remote areas of Scotland.
If you’re a driver, the M8 motorway network connects Edinburgh to Glasgow in as little as an hour. The M9 motorway allows drivers to travel north, connecting Edinburgh to the city of Sterling and beyond to Perth.
If you’re looking to live in central Edinburgh, look no further than West End — just expect to pay for the privilege. The area boasts beautiful large townhouses with spades of character that have been well-maintained over the years.
Areas that have just as much charm but are slightly more affordable include the area of Leith. Situated just outside the city centre, Leith boasts beautiful waterfront scenery and a wide range of detached and semi-detached homes in areas close by to green spaces such as Leith Links.
Families seeking good schools in the area will be spoiled for choice, with a wide range of schools suiting children of all ages achieving good or outstanding in Ofsted reports. Top performers include Boroughmuir High School and St Thomas of Aquins.
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