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Edinburgh

 
 

Scotland’s capital city has over 4,500 listed buildings and is rich in architectural heritage. It also hosts the renowned Edinburgh Fringe and Festival and the Military Tattoo extravaganza.

The Old Town is particularly fascinating and is surrounded by Medieval intertwining cobbled streets and narrow passageways. In the early 19th century, the neoclassical New Town was developed beside the Old Town and was nicknamed the 'Athens of the North'. It is these different styles of architecture reflecting the past and the present that give Edinburgh such a unique quality. In 1995, Edinburgh was proclaimed a World Heritage Site in order to celebrate and conserve its special character.

Edinburgh has something for everyone. You can wander its bustling streets just soaking up the atmosphere and relaxing in the cafes or you can shop in the boutiques, discovering unique gifts, vintage clothes or designer labels. However, if you want a more structured day, you can choose from a number of visitor attractions, museums and art galleries or take a tour on an open-topped bus to help you appreciate what this impressive city has to offer. Pick up a brochure from the many information outlets to discover which attractions suit your tastes - maybe the Royal Botanic Garden with its tremendous glasshouses and serenity, the famous Whisky Experience, the National Museum of Scotland or St Giles' Cathedral? In the New Town you can visit the Scottish National Portrait Gallery to view paintings of iconic figures like Mary Queen of Scots and even Sean Connery!

The Old Town's Royal Mile comprises narrow cobbled passageways, Reformation-period buildings, turrets, churches and secret courtyards. The Royal Mile is the length of a Scots mile, which is slightly longer than an English mile; interestingly, the Scots mile was formally abolished by an Act of the Parliament of Scotland in 1685. The Old Town is at the heart of Edinburgh and showcases Edinburgh Castle, which sits high on a volcanic rock peering down on the Palace of Holyroodhouse, located in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, another extinct volcano and public park adjacent to the modern Scottish Parliament building. There are numerous visitor attractions along the Royal Mile with some of the best cafes and pubs you could hope to find in Scotland. Overshadowed by the ancient walls of Edinburgh Castle, the nearby Grassmarket is a vibrant centre that boasts wonderful eating, drinking and trendy shopping, as well as being the location for historic executions - the last one took place here in 1784.

In the New Town, you will find gracious Georgian terraces once inhabited by the great philosophers, scientists and literary figures of the Scottish Enlightenment. These prominent thinkers preferred to live in neat, ordered spaces rather than in the dingy overcrowded Medieval streets of the Old Town. However, later Victorian Edinburgh earned the nickname of 'Auld Reekie' reflecting the polluting stench from the machinery of the Industrial Revolution. Today however, this West End is clean, fresh and inspiring! It is a haven for high-street and boutique shopping and long lunch relaxations, while the colourful shop fronts and fashionable delis provide a unique bohemian atmosphere.

Discover Edinburgh in a way that suits you and rest assured, you will experience a day to remember.