Retire to Edinburgh
From shopping on Princes Street to the medieval heritage of the dramatically imposing Edinburgh Castle, our retirement property for sale in Edinburgh – or for rent – puts you right in the heart of the action.
Retire to Edinburgh
Things to do in Edinburgh
Our retirement villages in Edinburgh are in prime locations so that the iconic sights of the city are always only a short bus ride away. History buffs will enjoy Edinburgh’s most famous street, the Royal Mile, which connects Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Meanwhile art lovers can admire world famous works at the Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Fashionistas will flock to the up-market stores in George Street and Multrees Walk, while foodies will love the range of cafes, bars and restaurants along Princes Street — the Ivy on the Square, Edinburgh is temptingly close by. If you enjoy cooking you can pick up fresh produce at the Edinburgh Farmers' Market, or head to the weekly Stockbridge Market for local butchers, baked goods, global cuisine and artisan gifts.
Community in Edinburgh
Edinburgh may be a capital city with a proud identity, but it still manages to be a welcoming place where it’s easy to make new friends. If you retire in Edinburgh, you’ll have plenty to do. It’s jam packed with tennis clubs, bowling clubs, social clubs and golf clubs. It boasts a thriving community events scene too, from small local coffee morning and litter-picking afternoons to the huge famous festivals like the International Film Festival, the International Book Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe – the biggest arts celebration in the world. Then of course there’s the huge New Year’s Eve party, Hogmanay, and one of the UK’s best Christmas markets too. If you love the idea of a busy social life in your retirement then our retirement homes in Edinburgh could be the perfect solution.
Transport and Connections
Central Edinburgh is a beautiful city to explore on foot, bike or even rickshaw. As you’d expect from a capital city, it’s also well served with public transport.
It has an extensive and reliable bus network that runs all over the city, and also a tram that can quickly and efficiently take you to popular destinations like the home of Scottish Rugby - Murrayfield stadium, Edinburgh Castle, and Edinburgh Airport for trips abroad.
Want to visit family and friends? Our retirement homes in Edinburgh are surrounded by fantastic transport connections. Edinburgh Waverley train station takes you from the heart of the city all across the UK. You can be in Glasgow in under an hour, Aberdeen in just over 2.5 hours, Manchester in just over 3.5 hours and thanks to a high speed train, you can travel from Edinburgh to London in around 4.5 hours.
Scotland is famous for its scenery and you'll find plenty of greenery in and around Edinburgh. The Royal Botanic Gardens has over 70 acres to explore, or alternatively climb the summit of Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano rumoured to be the site of Camelot, for stunning views of the city.
If you love the seaside, Edinburgh not only has its own charming traditional sandy beach at Portobello, but it’s also close enough to coastline to make for some fantastic days out. You can reach Aberlady Bay and Nature Reserve, for example, in around an hour on the bus from central Edinburgh – it’s the perfect spot to bird watch, explore the beach and stop for bite to eat. Looking for an active retirement? Our retirement flats for sale in Edinburgh could be just right for you.
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FAQs - Retiring to Edinburgh
This hilly compact capital has a huge range of things to do and see, from museums to architecture and botanic gardens. The most iconic attraction is Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish crown jewels, which towers majestically over the medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town and is linked to the Palace of Holyroodhouse by Edinburgh’s most famous street, the Royal Mile.
Edinburgh is a foodie city with lots of global flavours on offer as well as the traditional Scottish delights of haggis, shortbread and Scotch. St James’s Quarter has a large range of independent eateries as well as household names. Here you’ll find Bonnie & Wild’s Scottish Marketplace which showcases the work of top Scottish chefs as well as international street food. If you want truly high end cooking then there are five Michelin starred restaurants: Timberyard, Heron Martin Wishart, The Kitchin and Condita.
The great city of Glasgow is around 46 miles away from Edinburgh and takes about one hour and 15 minutes by car via the M8. There are usually trains from Edinburgh Waverley station to Glasgow Queen Street station every few minutes and the journey time is around an hour.