Capital city of Edinburgh
There are cities and there are cities! The capital city of Edinburgh has got it all. From the towering buildings in the medieval old town to the graceful and Georgian buildings of the lower new town, visitors are constantly surprised by its style and beauty.
The old town is compact and it is easy to walk the Royal Mile from Holyrood Palace to the Castle. Quaint shops will attract your attention and it is certainly worth the effort to tackle the medieval cobbled streets. The new town, bordered by Princes Street Gardens is a paradise for shopaholics! Some very renowned department stores grace the Edinburgh shopping malls as e.g. Harvey Nichols and Jenners, the Harrods of Edinburgh.
Take in the majestic views of this buzzing city from 3 fantastic vantage points: Calton Hill, the Castle and, (with a little bit of initial effort), Arthur's Seat.
Dotted around the city centre are numerous museums and attractions, all with their own specialty. Most of them are open all year and many of them are FREE. To name but a few:
- Edinburgh Old Town Weaving Company
- Museum of Childhood
- Edinburgh Castle
- The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre
- St Giles Cathedral
- National Gallery of Scotland
- Royal Scottish Academy
- Museum of Scotland
- Royal Museum
Summer is a busy time in Edinburgh with the city hosting the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival in August. The Edinburgh International Film Festival , Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival are also held in July and August.