Edinburgh: seat of Scottish parliament, and city of festivals. Scotland’s stately capital reclines at the foot of Arthurs Seat, a rocky outcrop that rears 822ft from the heart of the city.

Tourists throng year-round on the medieval Royal mile leading up to the brooding Edinburgh Castle. In August the city fills to bursting as visitors flock from the four corners of the earth to witness the world’s best comedy and theatre acts during its 21-day theatre and fringe festival.

In summer you will find families picnicking on the Meadows or in the expansive Holyrood Park. Couples and singles head for the Old Town to enjoy a leisurely lunch around Cowgate or browse through the trendy boutiques of Victoria Street, Candlemaker Row and the Grassmarket.

The city’s famous namesake university has given rise to a notable student population, which can often be found propping up the myriad bars Edinburgh has to offer.

London is within an hour and a quarter by air, and Edinburgh is linked by rail to the UK’s major cities.

With its fantastic music and arts scene, its water front location, its breathtaking beauty and its cosmopolitan feel, Edinburgh delivers enthralling city living.

What is special or unique about your city?

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, Edinburgh is divided into two distinct parts. The New Town in the north of the city is neatly laid-out, with Grecian-style buildings and an almost regal feel to it. The Old Town, with its tiny alleyways and tightly-packed streets, has a more medieval feel.

What are a newcomer's first impressions of your city?

Blending ancient and modern all in one place, Edinburgh is a very interesting city. One of the first things a newcomer will notice is that the city is surrounded by a number of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags, making it a very dramatic landscape.

Are these impressions likely to change?

Change is inevitable anywhere, however Edinburgh is a city with a long and rich history.

What is the local language?

English; although Gaelic is spoken in the north and western areas of Scotland, including the Highlands and Islands. In addition, Scots in spoken in the Lowlands.

How easily could I live in this city without knowing this language?

It is recommended that you have an understanding of conversational English.

What are good things to remember in order to avoid offending the other residents of this city?

People from Edinburgh have a good sense of humor, so it is difficult to offend. However, it is beneficial to remember that religion still plays an important part in Scottish life and you should be sensitive to friends and neighbours.

How might the local weather affect my daily life?

Scotland receives a lot of rainfall and is generally cool from November to April. From May to October the warm weather arrives, along with some wonderful warm sunshine. Apart from infrequent gales and strong winds, the country does not suffer from extreme weather or natural disasters.

Is there anything else I should know about the overall character of your city or its people?

As with other Scottish cities, the people of Edinburgh are passionately proud of their heritage.