Edinburgh City Guide

Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, nestled between extinct volcanoes and hills, is almost fairytale in appearance, with its medieval buildings in the Old Town and the wide streets and spacious homes Georgian New Town, and the spectacular castle looking down from its cliff. Edinburgh was declared a World Heritage Site in 1995, which only begs the question: why did it take so long?

Edinburgh Castle has to be the most beautiful building in town. This fortress is built over an ancient extinct volcano, defended the city against attacks for hundreds of years. Below this you’ll find The Royal Mile, which is an ideal place to start your exploration of the Scottish capital. The cobblestone streets connect the Palace of Holyrood, the current official royal residence, with its medieval counterpart, Edinburgh Castle. Along the route you will find some of the most important buildings of the city, such as St. Giles' Cathedral and Parliament House.

It is only a short walk to Princes Street Gardens, which stretch along Princes Street, the main shopping area of ​​the city. In this beautiful green space you’ll find memorials and monuments, including the Scott Monument, built in striking Gothic style in honour of the writer, Sir. Walter Scott; from its galleries you have an incredible view of the city.

But that’s not even the best. From the hills rising up behind the city, the view is even more beautiful. Hike to the top of Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano, and up Calton Hill, which houses a number of impressive monuments, including the National Monument.

If you want escape the beaten track, Edinburgh also has a number of lesser-known locations. Dean Village is located in a green area and is just five minutes drive from the city centre. In this harbor district you’ll find numerous bars, cafes and restaurants. It is also the final resting place for the royal yacht Britannia. This magnificent ship served the British royal family for over 40 years all over the world’s hazardous waters.

The two most popular months to visit Edinburgh, are December and August. In August there are several art festivals, including the legendary Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh Art Festival. In December, there are all kinds of Christmas attractions and markets. The month ends with one of the most famous street parties in the world: Edinburgh's Hogmanay.

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