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Edinburgh, the Scottish capital city, has a ton of captivating history and much to offer to expats. You can enjoy a range of leisure activities, starting from visits to the city's many historical buildings and museums to exploring lush green nature and joining in the fun of the many festivals taking place both in summer and in winter. Venturing a bit further out, there's cruising on the Leith River, fruit picking in farms, fishing, cycling, and so much more.

Culture

Edinburgh is home to some 25 museums, the National Museum of Scotland, Lauriston Castle and the Museum of Edinburgh being some of the most prominent among them. You will also find more than 50 art galleries where you can not only admire but also purchase artworks for your new home. Historical cinemas like the renowned Edinburgh Filmhouse and the 100-year-old Cameo Cinema will enchant you both with their screening offerings and their ambience and architecture. Edinburgh’s theatre offerings are also very sophisticated, with locals frequenting The King’s, The Festival Theatre and The Royal Lyceum Theatre among others.

During your stay in Edinburgh, you will also enjoy several major festivals such as:

  • the Edinburgh International Film Festival (world’s longest continuously running film festival)
  • the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
  • the Edinburgh Art Festival, dedicated to visual arts
  • the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, if you enjoy the sound of pipes and drums
  • the Edinburgh International Book Festival (as the world’s first UNESCO Literature City)
  • the Edinburgh International Festival, combining music, dance, opera and theatre
  • the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, combining comedy and music
  • the Edinburgh Science Festival
  • the Edinburgh International Storytelling Festival

Shopping

Edinburgh is not without its share of shopping malls, the Ocean Terminal and the Gyle being the most prominent among them. But the true shopping experience can be found by walking up and down places like Princess Street, George Street, Multrees Walk, William Street on the West End and Grassmarket and Victoria Street. All these streets offer an eclectic mix of local and international fashion and beauty brands, both on the luxury and on the most affordable scale.

And because this is Edinburgh, you can combine designer shopping with taking in the city ambience, glancing at the castle, and getting your Harry Potter fix: according to the legend, J. K. Rowling based the Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter novels on real-life Victoria Street.

Food & Nightlife

Of course, you won’t get hungry or thirsty in Edinburgh. Scottish cuisine is at its best here, but there are in fact many Mediterranean restaurants, great Chinese, Thai and Indian options and some of the best fine dining establishments in the country. Afternoon tea is also quite prominent, and you can find many chic and elegant places to sip your brew of choice.

Speaking of brews, the whisky culture is certainly very strong, with dedicated places offering tours and tastings. But more often than not locals can be seen enjoying a beer at a pub or a cocktail in one of the city’s many intriguing, speakeasy-style bars.

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