EDINBURGH 

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No matter how high your expectations, Edinburgh will surpass them. Scotland's capital is a truly stunning and vibrant city, famous for its iconic castle, gardens, museums and more.  It was recently voted the 4th most beautiful city in the world.
 

With a population of just over 495,000 people, it´s a small city in world terms, but it has an incomparable position, situated between the sea to the front and high hills behind. Its superb architecture ranges from 10th century chapels to monumental Georgian and Victorian masterpieces, all dominated by Edinburgh Castle, the symbol of Scotland.

The whole city centre area is a World Heritage Site and has two distinct parts to it. The "Old Town", with its crowded tenements, centered on the Royal Mile (High Street), stands in contrast to the orderly grid of the 17thC "New Town". There are wonderful views from every street and the whole city is a photographers paradise. It is a compact city and all the tourist attractions are within walking distance of each other.

Edinburgh Castle dominates the city. It's a fantastic castle to visit and has much to see within its walls - especially the ancient Scottish Crown Jewels and The Stone of Destiny (the Coronation stone of many of the old Scottish Kings). From the Castle ramparts, the views of the city, hundreds of feet below, are amazing.
 
During August, the Castle's Esplanade also plays host to the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo (you have to buy tickets for it in January or February each year as demand is so high), which forms a part of The Edinburgh International Festival & Fringe (the world's biggest arts festival). In fact there are Festivals at all other times of the year. At Easter for example, there is a Science Festival, and in December The Christmas Festival and `Edinburgh's Hogmanay` (the 2nd biggest New Year party in the world!). 


Museums and art galleries abound. Museums include the new National Museum of Scotland and The Museum of Childhood. Art lovers are as equally well catered for by The National Gallery of Scotland, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Scottish Museum of Modern Art and The Dean Gallery.
 
Other attractions include the new multi-award winning Scottish Parliament building, the time-travelling `Our Dynamic Earth` attraction, Edinburgh Zoo, The Royal Botanic Gardens - and Holyrood Palace - The Queen's official residence in Scotland.  The Royal Mile in The Old Town is crammed with places to see including St. Giles Cathedral, Gladstones Land (a recreation of what life was like in the 16th century in Edinburgh), The Scotch Whisky Visitor Centre and the haunted Mary King's Close as well as lots of tartan shops.


There's plenty of shopping along Princes Street, Edinburgh's main street, including the olde worlde charm of Jenners department store, and a branch of London's Harvey Nichols. There are also a few indoor shopping centres mainly located on the outskirts of the city, which come in handy if it's raining.

You'll find lots and lots of tourist information in the house as Ewan used to work in the Edinburgh and Scotland Tourist Information Centre. There's also information in the house on our recommendations of where to eat out in the city.


In addition, we have lots of information about other things to see and do in Edinburgh too - places where the tourists don't get to see. We'll also give you information about our favourite weekend bolt-holes including the county of East Lothian, with its lovely beaches; the conservation villages of Culross and Gifford; and the lovely Borders town of Peebles nestled away in the folds of the surrounding hills.

All in all, you're going to love visiting Edinburgh!

Watch another film on Edinburgh here. (Part 1)

 

Dropkick Murphys - Cadence to Arms (Scotland the Brave).mp3

Edinburgh Dusk