Edinburgh is the second most populated city in Scotland, and became the capital in 1437. It has witnessed a several battles with its English neighbours over the centuries but nowadays tourists come from every part of the world to see the hilltop castle, atmospheric old town, churches, palaces and picturesque coastline. If all that wasn't enough to see in one place, there are art festivals which bring thousands of visitors to the city as well. There is also Hogmanay, the Royal Tattoo, Fringe and St Andrew's Day to experience. With so much to do, there's barely time to enjoy the wide selection of great shops, fine restaurants and traditional pubs.
The city is quite compact, and it is possible to walk to most attractions such as the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scottish Parliament building and the Scottish Museum. There are city walking tours where you can learn some of the lesser-known facts about the area, and bus tours for those who like to be driven around. Whisky has been made in Scotland for longer than anyone can remember, so a tour of a distillery with a whisky tasting session is another unique experience that shouldn't be missed. Book now to avoid disappointment.
This city is crammed with attractions for all ages, and nothing is difficult to get to. History lovers should head straight for the castle and then onto the old town, and anyone who appreciates architecture will not want to miss the Scottish Parliament building or the Botanical greenhouses either. Families can enjoy the zoo and the museums, and for landscapes and views go to the coastline or climb the hill called Arthur's Seat.
This is an old castle with a beautiful view over the city. The castle does not only consist of a few old walls, inside you can admire real crown jewels.
Scotch Whiskey Heritage Center
Here everything is explained about how whiskey is made. You can of course taste the whiskey here. They also have a restaurant and you can do a workshop.
Camera Obscura is one of Edinburgh's oldest and most unique landmarks. Part of the skyline is projected on a semi-circular screen that can be rotated 360˚. There is also a three-dimensional exhibition with photos of the city in earlier times.
Are you visiting Edinburgh in spring or summer? Then be sure to visit the Botanical Gardens. This is a great way to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind.
The Royal Mile is a long, old street that you should definitely walk through. The street has many side streets where you can see very well the old architectural style of the city. Here you will also find cozy bars in the same style where you can relax after a day full of impressions.
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There are lots of great festivals which bring in tourists from far and wide. Accommodation can be more difficult to find when the festivals are in full swing, so make sure you book early.
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