Located on the south coast of the Firth of Forth, Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe and a great starting point for any visit to the British Isles. Edinburgh is 1 hour from away from Glasgow by car or train. Ancient capital of Scotland and is currently home to the new Scottish Parliament (completed in 2004), Edinburgh is able to impress thanks to the many places of interest to visit.
From the top of Castle Rock, the imposing fortress of Edinburgh Castle (some parts date back to the twelfth century), you can see the horizon and the panoramic view includes the city and the surrounding areas. On the opposite side of the animated Royal Mile is the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence in Scotland of the British monarchy.
Perfect to explore on foot, the Old Town by the magical atmosphere and the Georgian New Town together form a place that has become part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. For those who still have time (and energy), a walk to the top of Arthurs Seat offers a superb view of the city. Edinburgh is also famous for the events and culture.
During the summer months people are in the streets and participate in extraordinary international events including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (performance of modern and comedies), the Edinburgh International Festival (which includes exhibitions of classical art and theatre performances) and the ‘ Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
To approach the history of the capital, you must visit the famous Edinburgh Castle, overlooking Princes Street, then take a walk along the Royal Mile. Lovers of architecture will be fascinated by Holyrood House and New Parliament a few steps further – an attractive (but controversial) structure cost £ 430 million, 10 times the estimated cost initially!
Art lovers, however, can indulge with the National Gallery of Scotland and its collection of European paintings and sculptures dating back to the Renaissance, and the National Gallery of Modern Art, which includes in more recent works.
The Dynamic Earth science museum, ideal for young families can take a dip in the past, present and future of the planet Earth thanks to its interactive materials and technologies more attractive. In addition, for larger, the Scotch Whisky Experience is a great way to learn about the history and production process of the most famous alcoholic drink of Scotland. Known as the “city of festivals”, Edinburgh offers a variety of events throughout the year: first of all the Fringe Festival, one of the most important artistic events in the world, which attracts actors, dancers and musicians from all over.
Edinburgh is also known for the New Year celebration – called Hogmanay – when Princes Street is united in a single party, with more than 4 tons of fireworks lighting up the sky above the city.
Eating Out in Edinburgh
As well as any capital city, Edinburgh offers the best dishes of international cuisine as well as typical Scottish dishes. Stockbridge is an area known for small grocery stores – cheese, meat and other delicacies – while the Shore in Leith area boasts many luxury restaurants and pubs renowned for their seafood dishes. The area of the Royal Mile is home to many historic pubs a long tradition; Grassmarket and Morningside areas are very lively and popular with students, while in the bars and clubs fashionable George Street there is all the more chic clientele of the capital.Categories: Guides
Localities: Edinburgh, Europe, Scotland, United Kingdom
Travel Themes: Art and Culture, Food and Wine
Specials: New Year