28 May 2019/ Area guides

Commercial property area guide: Edinburgh - Scotland

Commercial properties to rent in Edinburgh.

Home to the crown jewels, a network of underground streets and the world’s largest arts festival, historic Edinburgh has plenty to attract millions of tourists each year. As Scotland’s capital, it also a thriving centre of business with many companies choosing the city as a base for their headquarters or major operations. It is the second largest financial centre in the UK, beaten only by London.

A medieval city with a heavy Georgian influence, Edinburgh has a rich heritage and distinctive architecture. In the city centre, you’ll find the castle, winding streets and majestic Neoclassical buildings, while just outside lies the monarch’s resident, Holyrood Palace. Flanked by beaches on one side and hills on the other, it also offers the chance to enjoy some of Scotland’s stunning scenery and is often the entry point for those wanting to explore the Highlands.

There are three main areas in Edinburgh: the Old Town, the New Town and Leith. In the old town you’ll find medieval architecture and boutique shops while the new town is lined with neoclassic buildings and wide streets. Both attract tourists, but it is the new town that is most appealing to corporate companies. Leith is an eclectic part of the city in what was once a bustling port and is now a dockside area full of trendy, independent businesses.

Each year, the city comes alive with Hogmanay celebrations, the Fringe Festival and the Royal Military Tattoo. With so many events throughout the year, it is always an exciting place for businesses to base themselves.


Property statistics

  • Total commercial properties available in Edinburgh: 484
  • Most listings available in: EH2 postcode 77 buildings)



TrainEdinburgh’s main station is Waverley, located between the Old Town and New Town. Operated by Network Rail, it offers direct trains to cities across the UK, such as Glasgow, London, Birmingham, Aberdeen and many more. Haymarket is Edinburgh’s second train station, operated by ScotRail and located in the West End. It has trains to a number of local stations and connections to major cities.

TramEdinburgh’s tram network was introduced in 2014. The operator, Edinburgh Trams, is award winning and the modern service connects you to 15 destinations across the new parts of the city in a matter of minutes. You can also use the tram to reach the airport. The tram service runs between 5:29am and 11:08pm with tickets priced from £1.70 per adult. Transport for Edinburgh is currently working to integrate services with Lothian Buses to allow passengers to pay for just one journey no matter how many means of transport they have used.


BusesLothian Buses and Frist Bus operate most of the services in Edinburgh. As it’s a compact city, it is easy to get around by bus or tram, and increasingly integrated services are making this easier than ever before. You can expect to pay around £1.60 or £1.70 for a single journey, while day tickets from Lothian allow you to pay £4 to travel on any buses or trams throughout the day. Buses run between 6am and midnight.


Edinburgh AirportYou can fly from Edinburgh Airport to over 120 destinations around the world. It is just eight miles from the city centre, and you can take either the tram or the bus to reach the airport. The tram will take you to the airport in less than 35 minutes and costs just £6 for a single fare.

Offices to rent in Edinburgh


Retail units to rent in Edinburgh


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  • There are 19 gyms in the area
  • There are over 15 banks in the area including Bank of Scotland, TSB Bank and Clydesdale Bank
  • More than 15 Post Offices in the area. 
  • Waverley Mall is Edinburgh’s main shopping centre. It is right in the heart of the city by Princes Street and Waverley train station. Larger shopping centres are based just outside the centre, such as Ocean Terminal in Leith. Home to a gym, over 70 shops, a cinema, places to eat and entry to the Royal Yacht Britannia, it is a major destination for visitors and Edinburgh residents alike. Scotland’s largest designer outlet is also nearby in Livingston.

Retail properties to let in Edinburh 

Agents operating in the area


Eric Young & Co

Instant Offices





Knight Frank

Offices on Realla that offer something a little different:


7-8 Randolph Place

York House

46 Melville Street


Forsyth House

Satire Court

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Meet the neighbours – noteworthy Edinburgh businesses

  • Skyscanner
  • Baillie Gifford
  • RBS
  • Black & White Publishing
  • Blackwood
  • Hunter Boot Ltd
  • Kwik Fit
  • McVitie’s
  • Pringle of Scotland
  • TSB Bank
  • Scottish Widows

Large offices and co-working spaces in Edinburgh


1 Exchange Crescent

80 George Street

4th Floor York House

Capital Square

Caledonian Exchange

Conference House

Serviced offices to let in Edinburgh

Did you know?

  • Edinburgh Castle is built on an extinct volcano.
  • The Encyclopaedia Britannica was first produced in Edinburgh.
  • The National Monument (or ‘Edinburgh’s Folly’) was never completed because funds ran out. It was modelled on the Parthenon in Athens.
  • K. Rowling wrote much of Harry Potter in The Elephant House café.
  • 29 vaults lie under the South Bridge, with many available to explore as part of a tour.
  • The world’s first fire brigade was born in Edinburgh.
  • A glacier formed the landscape in which Edinburgh was built.
  • Only one female statue stands in the city – it is of Queen Victoria and she is at the foot of Leith Walk.
  • An elephant once lived at Edinburgh Castle, having been brought back from Sri Lanka.
  • The Balmoral Clock runs three minutes fast, so travellers don’t miss their trains from Edinburgh Waverley station.
  • A penguin at Edinburgh zoo has been knighted and is mascot of the Norwegian Royal Guard.

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