What is Edinburgh like?
We cover an area that stretches from central Edinburgh into Perthshire and Fife; south to the Borders and Dumfriesshire; west into Stirlingshire; and east into East Lothian and Berwickshire. It’s a huge area encompassing a vast range of property, from the Georgian elegance of Edinburgh’s New Town and the city’s charming Victorian enclaves, to family homes in commuter hotspots, seaside bolt-holes and ancient castles set amidst breathtaking scenery.
Property in Edinburgh
The New Town, Edinburgh’s 18th-century gem, is the area’s strongest market, offering a splendid array of conversion flats and grand townhouses. For leafier surroundings, head to the charming suburbs of The Grange, Morningside and Colinton, Barnton and Inverleith, which offer a wealth of spacious Victorian and Edwardian villas. New homes are being built to the East of Edinburgh, with numerous smart developments on the waterfront in Leith.
The towns and villages of East Lothian are perfect for commuters: Gullane, North Berwick and Dunbar all enjoy beautiful coastal settings, excellent road and rail links to Edinburgh and a wide choice of Edwardian properties and period farmhouses.
We are particularly active in St Andrews, where the venerable golf club and an unspoilt townscape attracts discerning international buyers. Gleneagles, with its more flamboyant profile and array of modern properties, also draws the wealthy from around the world.
Throughout the region there are plenty of classic country houses — mainly Georgian and Victorian but often incorporating a much more ancient building. Castles and sporting estates are always sought after.
For classic New Town elegance, try Royal Circus, Ann Street, Moray Place or Heriot Row
For period family homes in the suburbs, try Lauder Road, Easter Belmont Road or Barnton Avenue.
For contemporary apartments, go to St Bernard’s Residencies in Dean Park Street, Whitehouse Loan in The Grange, or The Foundry at Springside, Fountainbridge.
For ideal commuting, look in Gullane, Dirleton or North Berwick.
For classic St Andrews quality, go to The Links or The Scores.
The local scene
Edinburgh must be one of the most civilized cities in Europe, as well as an exciting cultural and political hub. In addition to its superb medieval, Georgian and Victorian architecture and some internationally important galleries and museums, it boasts the one of the great cultural festivals, which each year presents a stunning programme of world-class classical music, dance, theatre and opera. First-class shopping, sophisticated cuisine and an exciting range of leisure and tourist attractions, such as the magnificent Castle and HMY Britannia at Leith, make Edinburgh a must-see destination.
With many historic towns nearby and superb coastal scenery on the doorstep, there are numerous opportunities to explore the area’s history and landscape and pursue any number of outdoor activities. And, of course, there is the world-class golf at St Andrews and Gleneagles.
Edinburgh Waverly offers fast services to London via the East Coast main line, as well as trains to Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William.
Edinburgh Airport is a short distance to the East of the city, providing international flights.
The M8 provides fast access to Glasgow, while the A1 allows easy commuting from East Lothian. The M9 connects with the M80 and routes North.
Schools in Edinburgh
Edinburgh has more independent schools per head of the population than any other city in the UK.
Among the most notable are Fettes College, Merchiston Castle School, George Heriots School and Edinburgh Academy.