Edinburgh life

Edinburgh is a vibrant capital city, steeped in culture and history. Its seamless transition between the ancient and the modern, provides its residents with plenty of diverse sights, sounds and experiences. Home to the Scottish Parliament and the supreme courts of Scotland, Edinburgh has long been known as a centre of education, particularly in the fields of Scots law, literature and engineering. Explore what Edinburgh has to offer.

Edinburgh is the birthplace and home to world-famous writers such as Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) and JK Rowling (Harry Potter). It’s no surprise then, that in 2004 Edinburgh was designated the world’s first UNESCO’s City of Literature. 

This wasn’t the first time UNESCO had recognised Edinburgh’s special heritage, as in 1995, the Old and New Towns became UNESCO World Heritage Sites due to the “harmonious juxtaposition of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character.” (UNESCO.org, 2019)

Working in Edinburgh

You will find our offices in Edinburgh’s Exchange District, located in the heart of the city’s leading financial and business centre. Atria One, is BREEAM rated ‘Excellent’ and our neighbours include PwC, EY, EDF, Brewin Dolphin and the Law Society of Scotland. Here you will be close to Edinburgh’s cultural venues and shopping, which are all within walking distance along with an abundance of eating options, from sandwich bars to fine dining.

Edinburgh is the UK’s second largest financial centre after London and in the 19th century, its economy was known for Banking, publishing and brewing. Today, its economy is still based around the financial services industry and more recently scientific research. It is home to the headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Sainsbury’s Bank, Tesco Bank, TSB Bank and Virgin Money.

Edinburgh is a compact, clean and safe city, with the local council heavily focused on supporting the city’s transition to a low carbon economy and significantly increasing the number of socially responsible businesses.

Living in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is overflowing with culture, creatives, comedy, festivals, food and heritage, somehow all seamlessly coming together within the city’s historical streets. Throughout the year, the city hosts outdoor art sculptures, winter festivals, Christmas markets, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

You don’t have to go far to find an experience to suit you from festivals to workshops, art and comedy events, whiskey and wine tasting evenings. You will be surrounded by the countryside and are a short hop away from some of the most stunning coastlines in the UK.

There are plenty of housing options in and around Edinburgh with most residential areas located within an easy commute of the city centre by foot, bike tram or train. Whether living in a character period property in a stunning New Town terrace or one of the modern developments by the Port of Leith, there is a vast array of diverse housing options across the city region, interspersed with numerous green spaces for residents.