Edinburgh City Guide

Edinburgh, capital city of Scotland, was designated a World Heritage Site in 1995. Edinburgh welcomes around 1.2 million tourists annually.


Running through Old Town from Holyrood Palace to Edinburgh Castle is the Royal Mile, along which can also be found St Gile’s Cathedral. The new Scottish Parliament building is being constructed in Holyrood, and Arthur’s Seat (offering dramatic views over the city) can be found nearby.

Holyrood Palace

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland.

Parallel to the Royal Mile is Princes Street, which marks the start New Town. Beyond this is Leith with its port, and further upstream the Forth road and rail bridges link the city with Fife.

Hilly Edinburgh, has a medieval Old Town and an elegant Georgian New Town, with gardens and neoclassical buildings. It’s home to Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano in Holyrood Park with sweeping views from its peak. Looming over the city is hilltop Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, traditionally used in the coronation of Scottish rulers.

Edinburgh is a spacious but manageable 259 sq km, while Greater London sprawls over 976 sq km. A monthly Lothian Buses Ridacard is just £48. A monthly zone 1-4 Oyster card costs £177.10.

Forth Bridges

The Forth Bridge between North Queensferry and Dalmeny

Moving to Edinburgh

Edinburgh has always been a desirable place to live and work. The earliest evidence of habitation dates all the way back to 8500 BC.

Moving to Scotland and especially to Edinburgh needs some planning. According to MoneySuperMarket’s Quality of Living Index, Edinburgh has the second highest average salary in the country, with £25,528.

Looking into real estate? You can afford to buy a home. The average price might seem high at £233,795, but if you shop around you can snap up a fantastic flat for as little as £80,000. The average rental price for a one bedroom apartment is £770. Here is some more information if you decide to move to Edinburgh.

You’ll pay a lot of taxes – council tax, road tax (if you have a car), TV license (£150ish per year) – but you’ll have free health care, which is nice. If you’re working, you’re legally entitled to a minimum of 28 days of holiday per year for full-time workers. If you’re part-time, it’s pro-rated. It doesn’t matter if you work full-time in an office or work part-time in retail, you get a considerable amount of holiday.

It’s easy to get around here and you really don’t need a car. It’s expensive to get a license, and insurance and petrol are very expensive, so the bus is the best option. The bus system is great and very easy to use.

Edinburgh in 5 minutes

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