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Edinburgh, Scotland

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.

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Edinburgh, Scotland

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

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.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Most museums and galleries are located in or close to the City Centre. The two central galleries in Edinburgh, the Royal Scottish Academy and the National Gallery of Scotland, are located halfway along Princes Street so you can easily include them in your sight-seeing tour.
  • Walk along the Water of Leith, a small river that meanders through Edinburgh, providing a peaceful haven from the busy city.
  • Explore the city's turbulent past, its legends and mystery in the Old Town, a mediaeval town in the heart of the city. Historical sites include the Royal Mile, Edinburgh's historic highway and Holyrood Palace, the Queen's residence in the city.
  • Get a true taste of Scottish culture when a huge number of major national and international arts festivals hit the streets of Edinburgh. Most occur simultaneously in August and include the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

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.

Shopping for Bargains

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.

Local Currency

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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