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South East of Scotland

Famous for its Castle and the world renowned Fringe Festival, Edinburgh is a city full of character and history. There are great range of city attractions, coffee shops, theatres, museums and restaurants offering seasonal, locally sourced produce, which make the city a great place to work and study. The region's countryside is also full of historic towns, castles and charming villages for you to explore. The region covers the City of Edinburgh, East, West and Mid Lothian, Fife and the Borders.

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Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, dominated by its iconic castle; city's Old and New Towns are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and have more listed buildings than any city in the UK. It hosts world famous festivals and is a cultural hub of Scotland. Edinburgh can offer fine dining with Michelin starred restaurants and an impressive array of pubs. There are galleries, museums, theatres, music venues and comedy all on offer in the city. Edinburgh is a beautiful and friendly city that has a lot to offer. The city has become known as the innovative city, it is a hub for education with its 3 Universities and schools ranging from Fettes public school to some of the best state schools in the country.


The Lothians make up the area surrounding Edinburgh; this includes East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian. West Lothian has come a long way from its industrial beginnings; it offers extensive shopping in Livingstone, a historic palace in Linlithgow and lots of country parks.  East Lothian is mainly rural, it offers quaint, picturesque coastal and market towns, the main town being Haddington. Midlothian comes from a strong mining tradition; it contains the impressive Pentland Hills as well as the famous Roslynn Chapel, its main town is Penicuik.  All of this is within easy commutable distance from Edinburgh. There are quaint cafes, restaurants, bars, extensive shopping, hill walking, swimming, golfing and much more on offer in the Lothians.


The Kingdom of Fife is located just to the north of the River Forth; it is steeped in history being the original seat of the Scottish monarchs. Although it is quite small Fife offers a lot of choice, the north being very agricultural and the south much more industrial, Fife is a fantastic mix of ancient and modern. It is a thriving community that offers great social and cultural opportunities. The most famous town in Fife is St Andrews, the oldest University town in Scotland; it boasts some spectacular coast lines and is steeped in history. As well as its university St Andrews is famous for being the home of golf, with some of the best fairways in the world it is a popular place to live. Fife also offers great transport links to the rest of Scotland and the UK.


The Scottish Borders cover the south eastern region of Scotland, it borders onto Northern England. It stretches from the rolling hills and moorlands in the west, through to gentler valleys to the high agricultural plains of the east, and on to the rock Berwickshire coastline with its secluded coves and picturesque fishing villages.  Peebles is one of the main towns of the Scottish Borders; it is a beautiful and historic market town it offers some of the best independent shops in the UK. The Scottish Borders as a whole values local trade it has an array of local produce including fresh fish, game and cheeses to name but a few. Not only that but it is also renowned for its textiles producing some of the best quality cashmere and tweed in the world.  There is a real community feeling in the towns and villages of the Scottish Borders the people that live there have this real sense of pride.


Edinburgh has a vast array of urban housing however some people choose to live either in Fife and the Lothians and commute due to the lower cost. However no matter where you go there are lots of choices of housing.


The South East of Scotland has fantastic links to the North East of England and to the rest of Scotland. Edinburgh has one of the best bus services in the country which links to the Lothians as well. Train and road links are extensive making commuting and access to the rest of Scotland and the UK very easy. Edinburgh also boasts an international airport serving many destinations world wide as well as elsewhere in the UK.

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