Reasons to Live and Learn
The Borders Railway runs through some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland. The area itself offers a perfect blend of city life and rural retreats, superb schools, colleges and universities, affordable living, and great leisure opportunities. There could be no better place to live, work or learn.
The Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre is the best place to start when searching for a new home along the route of the railway. Covering the capital, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders, you can find properties to rent and buy, search by school catchment and get advice on making your move as smooth as possible.
There are four universities and three colleges along the route, offering an enormous range of courses and study options, from astrophysics to zoology and from adult education to post-doctoral research. Edinburgh is home to the universities of Heriot Watt, Edinburgh (with a veterinary school near Roslin, Midlothian) and Edinburgh Napier and Queen Margaret.
Edinburgh is home to two professional football clubs: Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian. Scotland’s national rugby union side and the professional club, Edinburgh Rugby, both play at the BT Murrayfield Stadium.
Other sports played in the city include golf, cricket, athletics, ice hockey, speedway, swimming, and American Football. The dry ski facility at Hillend is on the city’s southern boundary.
Outdoor pursuits are also plentiful with an array of parks and gardens in the city. There are great walking and cycling routes; from Holyrood Park, the Pentland Hills and the Meadows, which is close to the city centre. Edinburgh is the home to almost half of Scotland’s 65 Green Flag parks.
The countryside of Midlothian has woodlands, historical attractions and a variety of wildlife.
There is an equally diverse range of leisure opportunities in the county including golf, walking, cycling, horse riding, skiing, fishing and cultural events. Midlothian hosts Midlothian Snowsports Centre, a unique attraction and magnet for snowsports enthusiasts. It boasts the longest downhill slope in UK
Sports and outdoor activities enthusiasts are well catered for in the Scottish Borders with everything from golf to diving and horse riding on offer.
The River Tweed and other provide some of the world’s best fishing. There is a large choice of routes for mountain bikers and recreational cyclists.
Rugby Sevens was first played in Melrose in 1883 and the town’s annual event attracts international fans and teams.
Edinburgh is the world's festival capital, with 12 international festivals and a host of Edinburgh is the world's festival capital, with 11 international festivals and a host of other major events throughout the year. As well as the Edinburgh Fringe, they include the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh International Science Festival, International Film Festival, International Book Festival, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh's Christmas and Hogmanay.
The city contains many theatres and production companies. Concert venues include the Usher Hall, Scotland’s only 5 star VisitScotland concert hall, the Festival Theatre, the Assembly Rooms, and the Queen’s Hall and theatre venues include the Royal Lyceum Theatre, the King’s Theatre, the Edinburgh Playhouse, and the Traverse Theatre.
Edinburgh is home to many museums and art galleries, including the National Museum of Scotland, Scotland’s five national galleries of art, the National War Museum, Museum of Childhood, Museum of Edinburgh, City Art Centre and Surgeon’s Hall Museum. The city also has many smaller private galleries.
It also has the largest monument dedicated to an author, The Scott Monument, opened in 1844 to commemorate Sir Walter Scott.
Edinburgh also boasts 5 Michelin-starred restaurants, more than any other UK city outside London.
Midlothian has a strong heritage featuring churches, castles and industry. Attractions such as Rosslyn Chapel, Crichton Collegiate Church and the National Mining Museum of Scotland are a window to the past.
Cultural celebrations include arts festivals in Penicuik and Pathhead. Each September the Midfest Festival of Arts and Culture involves the wider community offering a rock concert and extensive family fun day. Other festivals include the Megacycle in May, the walking festival in August, the Dalkeith Agricultural Show in July, the highly popular Midlothian Science Festival in October, and Festival of Music in November.
Midlothian’s food culture is celebrated each year in June with the Midlothian Food and Drink Awards showcasing its best restaurants, cafes, bars and food and drink producers.
A recent tourism audit was commissioned on behalf of Midlothian and Scottish Borders Council which highlights the tourism offering in both areas.
Most Scottish Borders towns host local opera companies and theatre groups. There are regular art exhibitions, book festivals, craft fairs, and music events attracting artists, authors, musicians and audiences from all over the country.
One of the area’s most distinctive cultural features is the annual celebration of Common Riding festivals. Each town commemorates the historic practice of riding the town‘s boundaries to preserve burgh rights and prevent encroachment by neighbouring landlords.
Half of Scotland's top visitor attractions are in the Edinburgh city region, including the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, St Giles Cathedral, Scottish National Gallery and Edinburgh Zoo, home to the UK’s only Giant Pandas.
Tourist attractions in East Lothian include the Scottish Seabird Centre, Tantallon and Dirleton castles, and the National Museum of Flight. The area has several world-class golf courses.
Midlothian has the popular tourist attractions the redeveloped Dalkeith Country Park, Vogrie Country Park and Rosslyn Chapel.
Tourist attractions in the Scottish Borders include Tweed Valley Forest Park, Heart of Hawick and Teviot Water Gardens.