Edinburgh City Guide
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland is popular amongst visitors for its landmark castle, rich history, international festivals and its whiskeys.
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Capital City of Scotland
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and one of the most visited cities in the UK. It has an unusually wide range of sights including an enormous Castle, several fantastic churches, beautiful architecture and amazing surrounding countryside.
The population of Scotland is 500,000 inhabitants.
A few of the sights in the city
Due to the history of the city it has a large variety of sights but the top attraction is Edinburgh Castle which is set atop a huge hill in the centre of the city looking down on the rest of the area. The castle is still functioning and hosts many military and anniversary events including the world famous events attended by the Queen.
The cobbled streets around the castle and below are a treasure to behold and on each side of the cobbled streets are pretty local stores selling everything from Tartan to Scottish biscuits.
An old town and new town combined
The town is rather unique because it is actually like a town on top of another town. In actual fact it is a combination of the “Old Town” bating back to the 17th Century and the “new” town build in the 18th century to merge with the original streets although it seems to be on a different level. The end result is a myriad of cobbled streets some several hundred feet below others and all confined to a few square mile.
Pubs and more pubs
Edinburgh has one of the highest densities of pubs per capita in the UK and as such provides fantastic selection of traditional, modern and authentic restaurants. Whether its an old fashioned scotch broth or a Michelin star menu you desire you can find everything here and the quality is exceptional. Head for the Old Town or George Street in the New Town and take you pick from a wide selection.
Explore the cobbles and the parks
The most prominent feature in Edinburgh are its beautifully cobbled streets and huge architectural buildings. Aside from the city centre there are some lovely surrounding areas and a beautiful botanic garden just on the outskirts of the town. For a special treat head a few miles south of Edinburgh to one of the highest peaks in the are known locally as King Arthur’s Seat. The name lends itself to the flat bedded rock atop a large hill and history says that this was one of King Arthur’s favourite landmarks.
Edinburgh Festival and nightlife
The highlight of the Edinburgh calendar is the Art festivals which run throughout the month of August and include the internationally renowned Edinburgh Fringe festival with is huge selection of stand up comedy and entertainment running from dawn to dusk throughout the city. The whole region generates an amazing buzz and hugely social atmosphere late into the night for 30 nights of the month and it attracts tourists from all around the world.