Edinburgh is the ultimate fusion of old and new: Georgian townhouses give way to a tumble of medieval buildings in Old Town. Cosmopolitan restaurants and boutique hotels sit side-by-side with traditional, cosy pubs. And the handsome, craggy castle looks down over it all – a reminder of the city’s ancient roots. Scotland’s beloved capital has entranced visitors for centuries.
Cobbled streets and grand castles, elegant boutiques and eccentric festivals.
Things to do
Watch in awe as the sky is lit up with fireworks and the castle silhouetted at Hogmany. Marvel at the military displays and marching bands at the Edinburgh Tattoo. And immerse yourself in comedy, theatre, music and dance from world-class performers and brand new acts at the biggest performing arts festivals in the world – the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe.
Castles, churches, the palace of Mary, Queen of Scots. There are enough iconic sites in Edinburgh to fill even the busiest of city breaks. For a breath of fresh air in the heart of the city, head to Holyrood Park. Tread moors and parkland, once the favoured hunting ground of Royals, and make your way up to Arthur’s Seat – this extinct volcano offers spellbinding views across Edinburgh.
FOOD & DRINK
You’ll find plenty of excellent restaurants serving hearty, traditional Scottish fare. But for something a little lighter, head out to trendy Leith and dine on fresh fish, overlooking the water. The city is home to world-renowned chefs and it’s perfect if you want to indulge in some fine dining.
Edinburgh’s pub culture is about more than whiskey – explore the favourite haunts of writers like Robbie Burns and Sir Walter Scott.
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