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Introducing Edinburgh - The Ballantyne's Guide to Moving to Edinburgh


Is the Capital Calling?

Whether you're already committed to moving to Edinburgh or are simply thinking about it; we've created a short introductory guide to the City of Edinburgh.

Welcome to Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a diverse City. Renowned for it's historical attractions and modern events, Edinburgh is an exciting and dynamic city to live in.

The districts of Edinburgh

Central Edinburgh

Edinburgh's city centre has two key areas, the New Town, known for it's stunning Georgian architecture and the Old Town, the historic heart of the city.


Part of the New Town, the West End has some of Edinburgh's best independent retailers. It is a sought after location given its diverse range of property both residential and commercial. With cobbled streets and traditional Georgian buildings this is a beautiful part of the City, only minutes from the city centre. The area also has a wide variety of eateries, boutiques and salons to explore.


A popular residential area, Stockbridge has a number of restaurants, shops and cafés. It's a popular part of town, largely because it has a more relaxed atmosphere than the hustle and bustle of the City.


The historic port town of Leith has been transformed in recent years. It's home to the Ocean Terminal shopping centre as well as the Royal Yacht Britannia. It's also established a reputation for its award winning bars & restaurants.

Morningside and Bruntsfield

This area has a quieter village feel and is very popular with families. As a result, the schools here are particularly sought after. This district in Edinburgh is well known for its independent shops, traditional cafes and restaurants.

Newington and the South Bridge Area

Close to the central campus of the University of Edinburgh central campus, it's hardly surprising that this part of the City is extremely popular with students.

Other well-known areas in Edinburgh include –
  • Marchmont
  • The Grange
  • Liberton
  • Fairmilehead
  • Colinton
  • Corstorphine
  • Barnton.

Types of Property in Edinburgh

Edinburgh's housing stock is as diverse as the city itself. From classical Georgian homes to traditional tenements and everything in between, Edinburgh has a massive range of property to choose from.
  1. Bungalow
  2. Terraced House
  3. Detached
  4. Semi-Detached
  5. Colony Flat
  6. Tenement Flat
  7. Penthouse
  8. Cottage

House Prices in Edinburgh

Property prices are among the highest in Scotland. As a result, many people that work in the city commute from Queensferry and Fife.

The average price for a house in Edinburgh is £229,000, which is considerably more than the Scottish average of £160,000.

Education in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has a wonderful mix of schooling options for your children. From pre-school nursery, right through to The University of Edinburgh and Napier University, the city has a great reputation for educational excellence.

You can find a list of all City of Edinburgh Council Primary Schools by visiting -

Or for Secondary schools visit

If you have a child with support needs, you can find a list of specialist schools at

For a list of Catholic Schools in throughout Edinburgh -

Edinburgh also has a wide range of Independent Schools. You can find out more by visiting -

Leisure Time in Edinburgh

When it comes to leisure time - in Edinburgh you are spoiled for choice. Edinburgh is a City with some incredible, not to mention award-winning, restaurants, bars and cafes. Whatever cuisine you're in the mood for, your taste buds are in for a treat.

If a retail treat is more your thing, then you're in luck. Major brands are well represented in Central Edinburgh, but there is also a wonderful and eclectic mix of smaller independent retailers.

The City also has many Cinemas and of course, a great day out is guaranteed at Edinburgh Zoo, home to the UK's only pandas.

The Cultural Capital

Edinburgh is home to a wide range of Art Galleries and Museums, many of which are in Central Edinburgh. The National Museum of Scotland, The National Portrait Gallery and The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art are hugely popular and have an international reputation.

And of course, Edinburgh's more modern cultural experience is the World-renowned Fringe Festival. Featuring acrobats, musicians, artists and comedians from across the World – the Festival has grown dramatically over the years and continues to be a major attraction for tourists and locals.

Getting Around Edinburgh

Edinburgh is well served by bus, rail and tram networks that spread throughout the city, including to Edinburgh International Airport. But Edinburgh is a city that can be enjoyed on bike or foot.

Property for Sale in Edinburgh

We've got lots of properties for sale in Edinburgh. For a full list click here.

Edinburgh is a unique City. It's a perfect blend of old and new that makes it a fascinating city to visit or a place to call home.
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