Edinburgh (Ed’-in-burra-a) is the easternmost of Scotland’s two largest cities (the other is Glasgow). The 2015 population was 489,000. The city is situated on the Firth of Forth, a fjord that runs into the North Sea to the east. It is quite old with almost mind-numbing history. There have been invaders (Vikings, Romans, etc.) and conquerors (England). The setting is quite remarkable, with either end of the city set on extinct and ancient volcanoes (the Edinburgh Castle which sits atop the largest of which). Ice age glaciers scoured through and created a deep valley between them, and that is where the city’s residents mostly reside.
There is the Old town surrounding the Castle that dates well back in times A.D., and the “New” town which was one of the first planned cities in the world, laid out in 1776. The latter is laid out on a grid with ample parks, public areas, and views both of the River Forth and Old Town. The city is the capital of Scotland and as such hosts an enormous array of institutions including Parliament, the National Museum, National Gallery of Art, etc. The city is quite cosmopolitan with people of all ages out and about. With a great public transportation system, Edinburgh could make a most interesting and convenient place to retire.