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The best things in and around Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and one of its most iconic and historically significant cities. It’s situated in the southeastern part of Scotland, on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. Edinburgh is renowned for its stunning architecture, rich history, and vibrant cultural scene.

Key features of Edinburgh include:

Old Town and New Town: 
Edinburgh’s historic center is divided into the Old Town and New Town, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Old Town is characterised by its medieval streets, alleys (known as “closes” and “wynds”), and landmarks like the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. The New Town, built in the 18th century, features elegant Georgian architecture and spacious streets.

Edinburgh Castle:
Perched atop Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress that has played a central role in Scottish history for centuries. It’s one of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions and offers stunning views of the city. If you’d like to visit, we recommend booking in advance

Royal Mile:
The Royal Mile is a famous street that runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, connecting Edinburgh Castle at one end to the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the Queen’s official residence in Scotland) at the other. It’s lined with historic buildings, shops, restaurants, and pubs.

Edinburgh is known as the world’s leading festival city, hosting a variety of festivals throughout the year. The most famous of these is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, which takes place every August and features thousands of performances across various art forms.

Cultural and Educational Institutions:
Edinburgh is home to several prestigious cultural and educational institutions, including the University of Edinburgh (one of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world), the National Museum of Scotland, and the Scottish National Gallery.

Arthur’s Seat:
This ancient volcanic peak, located in Holyrood Park near the city center, offers panoramic views of Edinburgh and its surroundings. It’s a popular destination for hiking and enjoying nature.

Edinburgh has a vibrant food scene with a wide range of culinary offerings to suit every taste and budget. Whether you’re looking for traditional Scottish cuisine, international flavors, or fine dining experiences, Edinburgh has something for everyone.

There’s so much to see and do in Edinburgh, we recommend you stay at least a few days in this wonderful city, and perhaps have a local show you around to get a proper introduction to Scotland’s capital city!