Living in Edinburgh

Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is a city like no other. Being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK, a visit here is well worth it

Famous for it’s packed out year round events calendar, there’s pretty much a festival for everything. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is world renowned and brings thousands of people to the city every year. Filled with the sounds of military pipes and drums, Highland dancers and marching troupes, all set to the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh is separated into six different areas, each displaying its own unique charm.

  • City Centre – The busy city centre has been dubbed one of the most beautiful in Europe. The dramatic Edinburgh Castle is surrounded by the city’s peaceful gardens, streets filled with boutique shops and retail outlets, and popular restaurants offering cuisines from around the world.
  • Grassmarket – Historically a marketplace for cattle and horses, the Grassmarket is now an oasis of independent shops and artisans. Here is the home of the Greyfriars Bobby sculpture and the infamous colourful buildings of Victoria Street.
  •  The Royal Mile – Not surprisingly the Royal Mile is one of the most visited streets in Edinburgh, and with its walking tours, shops, restaurants, cathedral and churches and Holyrood House, you can see why thousands flood there each year.
  • West End – home of stylish boutiques and bohemian-feel pubs and bars, this hidden village is worth a visit. Travelling west out of the city, you will find the popular Edinburgh Zoo, filled with lions, penguins, rhino’s, meerkats and many many more animals.
  • Leith – the old maritime centre of Edinburgh is now filled with dockside restaurants, bars and shops. The Royal Yacht Britannia is berthed in Leith, playing host to self-guided tourists and serving refreshments in the Tea Room.
  • Stockbridge – home to many musicians, poets, writers, artists and thespians, this area of the city really has a village feel. Stockbridge also plays home to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Royal Botanic Garden (a visit to the Glasshouses is a must!)
  • South Side – street food is a fast growing love in Britain, and this area really has got it all. From ethical, healthy food to the Brazilian gluten free, you’re sure to find something. And for those who crave culture, there’s the National Museum of Scotland, where you can explore art, design, science and technology.

Edinburgh is a stunning city filled with amazing geology. Its landscape is worth admiring- to get the best view of the city, you can climb Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano which is one of the most visited attractions the city has to offer.

According to current Zoopla estimates, the average value for property in Edinburgh stood at £292,787 in April 2019. This is a fall of 0.60% in the last three months (since January 2019) and rise of 0.05% since 12 months ago. In terms of property types, flats in Edinburgh sold for an average of £220,941 and terraced houses for £353,421.

If you think Edinburgh could be a destination for you? Get in touch with our Belvoir Edinburgh office for more information.

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