... you can see Edinburgh's ranking via here; and the Council has a short News-blog up about the ranking here; and I'll re-produce the text below:
Edinburgh's Council Leader has welcomed news that the capital has been voted one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Readers of popular travel guidebooks Rough Guides recognised Edinburgh for its striking architecture and landscape.
Councillor Andrew Burns, Council Leader, said: “It’s fantastic to see Edinburgh’s beauty recognised, and by the public too, adding to a long list of travel accolades over recent years. The capital’s charm is all part of its appeal, making it one of the best places to visit, work, live and study in the world. From the striking architecture of the Old and New Town to the city’s awe-inspiring castle, Edinburgh, quite rightly a Unesco World Heritage site, is amongst the world’s most spectacular cities.”
Rough Guides said: "It's famed for its excellent annual festival, but there is more to Edinburgh than great comedy and arts – and according to our readers, it’s beauty. Head east of the city and make the short walk up Arthur’s Seat, an 823ft-high dormant volcano, to take in views of Scotland’s capital and you won’t need to question why it’s been voted the 4th most beautiful city in the world."