Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, is a feast of everything a tourist could expect in a European travel destination, from rich history to charming architecture, captivating culture and throbbing nightlife. Located in southeastern Scotland, Edinburgh is also home to unique and world-famous festivals such as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Hogmanay New Year’s celebrations.
Every visit to Edinburgh should begin at the city’s 11th century Old Town, where it was first established. Here, you can walk (or opt for a bus) along the famous Royal Mile street, which is lined with medieval buildings, beautiful old churches and palaces such as Holyrood House (where the Queen stays when she is in town). There are also numerous quaint shops and pubs in the Old Town where you can buy souvenirs and savor traditional Scottish food.
Nobly standing guard over the city from a rocky crag is the Edinburgh Castle, which you can tour to learn about Scottish history and heritage as well as enjoy amazing views. Other prominent sites that are well worth checking out are the Scottish Parliament building, Mary King’s Close, St. Giles’ Cathedral and Greyfriars Kirkyard.
Outside the Old Town are plenty of modern attractions such as museums, art galleries, theaters and concert halls. Trendy malls, shopping centers, and markets offer an exciting shopping scene. If you need a break from all the sightseeing, Edinburgh has several scenic parks and gardens where you can relax or enjoy recreational activities.
World Famous Festivals
Every summer, Edinburgh draws millions from around the globe to its world famous festivals that include the world’s largest international arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Summer is the city’s biggest tourist season, and thus most crowded. However, if you can plan your travel reservations early, it is so worth it to experience these sensational events where you will be captivated by the superb performances of kilted bag pipers, drummers, and class acts of music, comedy and theater.
You may prefer to visit Edinburg during the New Year’s festivities when the city explodes into the three-day street party known as the Hogmanay celebration, where you can dance to traditional Scottish music and be awed by the dazzling torchlight procession and firework shows.
Dining and Nightlife
When it comes to dining and nightlife, Edinburgh does not disappoint. The city packs a huge selection of pubs, clubs and restaurants where tourists can find an array of international cuisines or opt for traditional Scottish fare that features deep-fried foods like fried pizza, fried hamburgers and fried haggis (liver, heart and lungs of a sheep or calf).
Getting around Edinburgh is easy. The city center is compact and atmospheric, making a great place to walk and see all the main attractions, while there are also public buses and taxis available to provide transport to the outer suburbs.