Often described as the 'Athens of the North', Edinburgh is located in the south-east region of Scotland, an hour's drive from Glasgow. Its streets are steeped in history and open its doors to a thriving cultural scene. Year-round the city offers an incredible variety of events and festivals and tourists are spoiled with a diverse range of attractions. The beautiful city of Edinburgh possesses a distinctive and unique skyline that rivals that of Venice and beyond the city limits, the Lothian countryside provides some of the great links and parkland courses of the world.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Have you ever visited a castle perched on an extinct volcano? Edinburgh Castle is a powerful national symbol and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site and is one of the most important fortresses in the Kingdom of Scotland. Listen to the boom of the One o'clock Gun and discover the story of The Stone of Destiny. For a complete experience, join a complimentary tour of the castle, led by experienced guides that have great knowledge and understanding of the castle.
Food lovers will appreciate the vast selection of eateries scattered throughout every part of the city, catering for all tastes, prices and styles. Take your pick from contemporary-style bars and rooftop restaurants to more traditional, cosy eateries. For stylish drinking, head to George Street where stylish bars and cocktails are the order of the day. For a more traditional tipple, head to the Old Town for pubs with their own unique story.
When it comes to shopping, you'll be spoilt for choice. Shop in Princes Street, the city's main shopping street and find large chain stores, tourist-orientated shops and department stores. Make your way to George Street for more up-market shops and Cockburn Street, where you'll find many small alternative shops selling urban clothing and spiritual items. For that ideal souvenir, the Royal Mile has many tourist-orientated shops selling Scottish souvenirs from postcards to whisky and kilts. For the discriminating shopper, head to Edinburgh's designer boulevard, Multrees Walk.
The GBP Pound (£) is the official currency of Scotland. Many shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember that Value Added Tax is added to most purchases.
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