Edinburgh and the East of Scotland

Historical landmarks, striking architecture, spectacular countryside and some of Scotland’s finest golf courses await you in the East of Scotland. From the magnificence of the country’s thriving capital city – Edinburgh – to the tranquillity of picturesque coastal villages, you’ll be charmed, captivated and compelled to call it home.


Approximately 1.3 million people have made their homes in Edinburgh, Stirling and the surrounding area. Forth Valley, Fife, Falkirk, Midlothian and West Lothian make up the eastern region of Scotland, in addition to East Lothian.

Brimming with history, the remarkable cities and towns of this region fuse modern brilliance with old allure dating back to medieval times. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’re sure to be impressed.



Scotland’s award-winning capital is a leading European city. Home to nearly 470,000, it mingles city brilliance with stunning coastline and countryside. Ranked second in the world in an annual quality of life survey for 2017, you'll find all the benefits of living in a cosmopolitan city with a welcoming small-town feel.

From the internationally-renowned Fringe Festival to Hogmanay - and many more - you can revel in the city’s many celebrations. Explore one of the world’s most walkable cities and discover its unique heritage, beautiful surroundings and a truly exceptional quality of life. But just don’t take our word for it – the city gets a 97% satisfaction rating as a place to live from it residents (Edinburgh People’s Survey).


From Bannockburn to a cliff-top castle Stirling is steeped in rich and riveting history, with more than 34,790 people calling this city home. Beautiful scenery, an outstanding quality of life and its accessible location make it an appealing place to live and work.

What’s more, it has one of the most qualified and highly-paid workforces in Scotland. Located at the heart of the country, it’s a key location for businesses in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and even the North of England. In fact, over half of Scotland’s population live within an hour’s drive of the city.

Working in the East

The East of Scotland – in particular Edinburgh – is one of the most prosperous parts of the country. It has the strongest economy of any city in the UK outside London. It's also one of Europe’s leading centres for financial services.

Research and development in and around Edinburgh continues to expand. This includes the Roslin Institute, a £60 million state-of-the-art building at the University of Edinburgh, and the impressive £600 million landmark life sciences development – the Edinburgh BioQuarter.

Edinburgh attracts the best of new businesses and talented people from around the world. It is an ideal place to start and develop a business.

As the centre of Scotland’s government, the public sector plays a central role in the economy. Other major employers include NHS Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Stirling is headquarters for numerous businesses – with ample opportunity to work in sectors like financial services, life sciences or even the creative industries.

Overall, the region has experienced increasing rates of growth in the technology sector and research and development. Education, health, agriculture, retail and tourism are also key industries here.

Lots to see and do

The East of Scotland is an endless playground to explore. As an UNESCO World Heritage site, Edinburgh offers breathtaking beauty, rich cultural heritage and stunning new developments. Marvel at the castle overlooking the capital, get lost in the cobbled streets of the historic Old Town or be inspired by the stunning architecture in the elegant Georgian New Town.

You can journey through our planet’s past, present and future at Dynamic Earth or walk in the footsteps of royalty at the Palace of Holyrood or on board the Royal Yacht Britannia.

View overlooking Edinburgh

Only 30 minutes from Edinburgh, East Lothian is a stunning coastline serving up a variety of gastronomic delights from local farm shops to fine dining. You can also enjoy a dram at the Glenkinchie Distillery.

Explore historic trails in Stirling, take in round of golf in St Andrews in Fife - where the sport actually began - or try fishing in one of the picturesque villages along the coast. If you want to experience innovation first-hand, take a whirl on the world’s first rotating boat lifts - the Falkirk Wheel.

If you're a keen golfer, you have your choices are many because the East is also home to 22 courses, including championship greens Muirfield and Gullane. You can also watch or take part in a variety of other sports across all seasons like football, rugby, biking and more.

The region also offers an exciting year-round programme of festivals and cultural events including the Edinburgh Fringe, the East Neuk Festival and the Pittenweem Arts Festival.


In Edinburgh you’ll find a remarkable range and quality of housing, from the tenements of the medieval Royal Mile to the Georgian elegance of the New Town. Or take your pick of Victorian suburbs, designer penthouses in Leith or family homes in rural East Lothian.

Stirling is one of the fastest growing cities in Scotland and offers an abundance of housing options, from the historic centre’s beautiful period cottages to stately stone villas in King’s Park and impressive stone Victorian terraces in the Riverside.

Getting around

The eastern region has excellent transport connections. Edinburgh is at the hub of the Scottish motorway network, linking to several key Scottish cities in an hour or less.

The East Coast rail line is the fastest inter-city railway in Britain. And did you know you can get from Edinburgh to London’s King’s Cross in just over four hours? In fact, York, Newcastle, Inverness and Aberdeen are all within a two-hour train journey.

Edinburgh International Airport connects you to places across the UK, Europe and beyond – with 130 routes from Europe and North America and 40 flights a day to London alone.

Look forward to friendly welcoming communities, breathtaking scenery and exciting career opportunities in the East of Scotland.