Edinburgh is a unique city and the capital of Scotland. Its proximity to Europe and its worldwide transportation links makes Edinburgh a hub for tourism, talent and trade.
Edinburgh is at the heart of an economically strong and diverse City Region with has a population of approximately 1.2 million. Immediately surrounding the city are the local authority areas of the Lothians Mid, East and West. Further afield and into the wider Edinburgh City Region are the local authority areas of south Fife, north Scottish Borders and Forth Valley Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire.
The city itself lies on the coast by the Firth of Forth. Its grandiose mix of architecture, modern amenities, medieval alleyways and blend of culture makes the city one of the world’s most liveable. Residents and visitors throng the streets and relax amongst the city’s cosmopolitan bars, nightclubs, cafes, shops and stunning scenery.
Edinburgh is a city of great contrasts. Its traditional but lively urban centre the Royal Mile runs parallel to the modern and vibrant core of the city – Princes Street. The city is punctuated by rocky crags, volcanic plugs and open expanses of greenery. Just outside the city are stunning beaches, lively towns and rolling hills to enjoy. It’s proximity to the coast results in a temperate climate. Be prepared for all four seasons in a day.
Edinburgh developed as Scotland’s legal and political centre and gained the status of royal burgh from Robert the Bruce. It is home to the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish legal courts and numerous international consulates.
Today Edinburgh is a world influencer in business arts, science, financial services and enjoys a strong tradition of culture. Home to leading global organisations such as RBS and HBoS, it is also, of course, a world leading festival city. Year round festivals bring a unique energy to the capital as the entire city is brought alive with street theatre, international artists, live music and inspiring exhibitions.