Why Edinburgh Is One Of The Best Places On Earth To Live

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What makes Edinburgh one of the most desirable cities on the planet to live? Scotland's capital has gathered numerous awards and accolades covering everything from air quality to inclusivity in recent years, and its stunning scenery and architecture speak for themselves. 

With the world slowly opening up again post-Covid, and festivals and events returning to the city, Edinburgh is set to once again find itself centre stage. 


In February 2020, Edinburgh ranked as one of the world's 20 most liveable cities by ECA International, and in March this year, it came eighth worldwide for wellbeing in the Knight Frank City Wellbeing Index, based on healthcare, safety, air quality and sustainability.

Edinburgh's Portobello neighbourhood won the Great Neighbourhood Award in the 2020 Urbanism Awards, while Leith was named Scotland's best place to live in the Sunday Times' Best Places to Live 2020 guide.


The city hosts world-class events annually, such as the Edinburgh Fringe and Film Festivals and is awash with fabulous shops, restaurants and bars. Galleries and museums are also plentiful, including the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Writers' Museum. It's an eclectic city offering something for everyone, all contained within a compact 102 square miles. 

Green Space

Edinburgh has more green space than any other UK city, including 30 Green Flag-winning parks and areas of natural beauty such as Arthur's Seat and the Royal Botanic Garden.


Edinburgh is divided into a number of different neighbourhoods, all with their own distinct identities and connected by an exceptional public transport system that makes getting around a breeze. Trams run throughout the central area, and Edinburgh is easily accessible from other major cities such as London and Manchester.

But with so many stunning areas, how do you choose where you want to live? Here is a snapshot of some of Edinburgh's stand-out neighbourhoods:

Marchmont: a popular area with professionals and young families with a historic Victorian swimming pool, children's playground, tennis courts and sports pitches. Hosts the free Meadows Festival every year.

Stockbridge: once a quiet outlying village, it was absorbed into the city in the 19th Century when homes were built in the space in between. With stunning scenery and architecture, Stockbridge has its own Instagram account and is often used as a film location.  

New Town: if you want to be in the centre of the action, there's no better place. With stunning Georgian architecture, including some of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks, New Town offers fabulous shopping and eating out opportunities in Princes Street and George Street, plus the National Portrait Gallery and breathtaking Arthur's Seat.

Polwarth: situated by the Union Canal and offering peaceful residential living plus plenty of green space, this is a popular location for young families and dog owners. Polwarth is close to local amenities but offers a quieter pace of life.

Bruntsfield/Morningside: Bruntsfield boasts acres of green space, from one of the world's oldest golf courses where a round can be played for free to The Meadows, the perfect spot for a picnic or a kick about. A short walk away is Morningside, with boutique shops and restaurants plus big chains such as M&S and Waitrose. 

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