Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, and listed as a world heritage site. It is considered one of the greenest and most architecturally beautiful cities in Europe and its beauty and reputation for science since the 18th Century has earned it the nickname ‘the Athens of the North’. University of Edinburgh plays an integral role in the city, contributing to its vibrant atmosphere. Since 2001, Edinburgh has consistently been voted ‘Favourite UK City’ by Observer, Conde Naste (2010 Award Winner for Best City) and Guardian readers. Excellent road, rail and air transport links make Edinburgh accessible from all major cities in the UK and beyond.