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 1.6 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
Scottish Borders (south), Fife, (north) 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
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