Peace & Quiet
A Few Figures
Projected population of Edinburgh in 2001: 452,000 Price in £s of a top-rate set of bagpipes: 2, 850 Price in £s of a made-to-measure kilt: 350 Length in miles of the Water of Leith: 22 Average number of January days with snow lying: 5
* Edinburgh lies a little south of the Firth of Forth by Scotland's east coast. * The city's highest point is Arthur's Seat, 251m, while the seaport of Leith and the waterside areas of Newhaven, Portobello and Cramond lie at sea level. * The Water of Leith runs northeast, passing through Edinburgh and reaching the Firth of Forth at Leith. Climate
Edinburgh has a climate which is typical of the northeastern coast; fairly dry and windy, with lowish average temperatures. Although drier than Scotland's west coast, it can rain at any time. Winter will normally bring frosts and snow, even in the city centre, though the snow does not normally lie for long. In summer, the east coast sea-mists, known as `haar', can affect the city. The City
Edinburgh is a compact city with its population living within the natural boundary of the Firth of Forth to the north and the southern bypass. Within the city there are 30 designated conservation areas and over 3,000 listed buildings. Economy
Edinburgh is the second-largest financial and administrative centre in Britain, the majority of employment being provided by service activities; insurance and banking are the prime sectors. Large numbers are employed in healthcare, local government, and, since devolution in 1999, in Scottish national government. Tourism is also of economic importance.