Situated on the shores of the Firth of Forth, set on and between seven hills, surrounded by lush countryside and picturesque villages, Edinburgh retains a small town feel while boasting all the attractions and facilities of a larger city.
The Graduate School is fortunate to be right in the heart of this ancient and historical city. Midway between the town centre and the main student accommodation areas, and next to the broad green expanse of the Meadows, it's the perfect location for studying and relaxing. The surrounding area is full of cafes, bars and restaurants for those hard-earned breaks, and supermarkets and shops are minutes away.
For a town of its size Edinburgh has an incredibly energetic and diverse cultural life. Apart from the renowned Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe Festival — the largest arts festival in the world — a host of smaller eclectic events run throughout the year. There are dozens of museums and galleries with unique collections, and cinemas specialising in arthouse and documentary programmes from around the world.
A 30-minute bus journey will take you to picturesque Cramond on the shores of the Forth, the old port of Leith or the Pentland Hills. Further afield, the rolling countryside, villages and unspoilt beaches of the Lothians are all easily accessible. Edinburgh is also a haven for cyclists, with quiet and scenic routes criss-crossing the city.
This article was published on Feb 28, 2011