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The Edinburgh Effect

Ever wondered what it’s like to live in Scotland’s Capital? Look no further. In this blog, we offer you a snapshot of what to expect.

Published: 20/04/2018

Edinburgh, Scotland’s most beautiful city – split into two distinctive areas – the Old Town and the New Town with Edinburgh Castle sitting proudly on top of Castle Rock, is a majestic location. Those seeking a stunning vantage point can clamber to the top of Calton Hill, Arthur’s Seat or Blackford Hill.

Edinburgh Castle

Scotland’s capital is brimming with culture, with the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of Scotland, the Royal Scottish Academy, City Art Centre and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, you’re literally spoilt for choice when it comes to immersing yourself in culture.

Every August, the city plays host to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the single biggest celebration of arts and culture in the world where thousands of performers take to the stage to amuse, shock, and entertain. Tourists flock to the city to get a slice of the action and there’s a palpable buzz while it’s in town.

Located by Waverley station is the five-star Balmoral hotel, one of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks (along with the Scott monument). But this isn’t just any luxury five-star hotel, it is home to a very special suite, Room 552, where JK Rowling finished writing the final Harry Potter novel. In fact, Edinburgh is the birthplace of the boy wizard as the author penned her first novel in The Elephant House café on George IV Bridge in the Old Town.

No review of the city would be complete without mention of the Royal Mile which links Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. Speaking of Holyrood, we can’t forget the Scottish Parliament which is located just across the road.

Whatever your interests, Edinburgh is guaranteed to offer something to address it… with so many beautiful parks and green spaces to choose from including the stunning Botanic Gardens, Princes Street Gardens, Inverleith Park and the Meadows, there’s always somewhere you can go to be surrounded by nature.

If retail therapy is your guilty pleasure Princes Street and George Street provide excellent shopping opportunities with many high street and high-end stores, with the only Harvey Nichols in Scotland situated on St Andrew Square. If you like rugby, BT Murrayfield hosts a number of exciting matches every year.

Edinburgh is a foodies’ dream with many top-class eateries to choose from including Dishoom and the Ivy on the Square, both well-established London restaurants and fine dining in Michelin Starred restaurants such as Tom Kitchin’s The Kitchin and Restaurant Martin Wishart. There are also plenty of bars, pubs, clubs and affordable eateries to choose from to relax, unwind and catch-up with friends after a busy week at work.

Edinburgh is well connected to the rest of the UK, you can get the train to London in under five hours; or skip across to Glasgow in less than an hour. Edinburgh also has its own airport linking it to the UK, Europe and beyond.

If career aspirations lead you to Edinburgh, the cost of renting a flat in the capital city can range from £425 to £795 pcm with a lot likely to be towards the upper end of this scale. One of the best ways to get around Edinburgh is with a Ridacard which grants unlimited travel on Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams. With a monthly pass sitting at £57, the more you travel, the more you save. For the occasional traveller, you can get anywhere in the city on an Edinburgh and Lothian bus for £1.60 or £4 to travel for the whole day! 

We’ve had a number of ScotGrad success stories in this vibrant city including Edinburgh-based Diet Chef, a low calorie delivery service, who recruited three graduates via ScotGrad and who all went on to become permanent members of staff. Diet Chef is recruiting again, this time looking for a digital marketing graduate to accelerate the growth of the business over the next 12 months. The deadline for applications is the 4th of May, you can apply online here.

ScotGrad placements are advertised throughout the year. For more information about how graduates have supported business growth across Scotland take a look at our success stories. Never miss an update by registering with us.