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Edinburgh

Scotland

Edinburgh

Known for Historical Buildings, Museums and Castles

Scotland’s capital is filled with attractive landmarks, parks and gardens, and hosts cultural festivals that draw millions of visitors each year.

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Nestled beside long extinct volcanoes and built on seven hills, Edinburgh offers spectacular scenery in a rugged setting. The city itself is visually impressive with the medieval buildings of the Old Town and the wide Georgian roads and spacious homes of the New Town. Edinburgh was declared a World Heritage Site in 1995. The city’s crowning glory and the reason for its existence is Edinburgh Castle. For hundreds of years, this fortress perched on an ancient volcano defended the city from attack. Start your exploration of Scotland’s capital city at The Royal Mile. This series of cobblestone streets links the castle with the Palace of Holyroodhouse, an official royal residence. Along the route you’ll come across some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including St. Giles’ Cathedral and Parliament House.Just a short walk away is Princes Street Gardens, which runs the length of Princes Street, the city’s main shopping area. While you are enjoying this pretty green space, visit some of its memorials and monuments including the Scott Monument. This Gothic structure was built to honor the novelist Sir Walter Scott. Its viewing galleries offer good views of the city.Enjoy even more beautiful views from the hills that rise over the city. Hike to the summits of Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano, and Calton Hill, which is home to a number of impressive monuments.Veer off the beaten track and explore some of Edinburgh’s lesser-known sites. Dean Village is surrounded by countryside and is just five minutes from the city center. The port district has a wealth of bars, cafes and restaurants and is also the final resting place of the Royal Yacht Britannia. This magnificent vessel sailed the British royal family around the world for more than 40 years. Two of the most popular months to visit Edinburgh are December and August. Overlapping arts festivals running through August include the Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh Art Festival. December is packed with Yuletide attractions and markets, and is rounded off with one of the world’s most famous street parties: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.

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Things to do in Edinburgh

Fortress, palace and repository of the crown jewels, this landmark overlooking the city has played a crucial role in Scottish history.

Hike up a former active volcano that’s only a few minutes from the city center and enjoy impressive views of Edinburgh.

Glimpse the life of royalty in the elegant rooms of what was once the Queen of England's personal cruise liner and Britain's ambassadorial ship overseas.

See stunning artwork, beautiful chapels, poignant memorials and musical performances at this ancient place of worship.

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Spend time in this attractive green space that separates Edinburgh’s Old Town from its 18th-century New Town.

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Get to know Edinburgh on a hop-on hop-off tour of the Scottish capital's finest attractions. Cruise the city streets in a double-decker bus, riding along multiple routes that allow you to set your own pace and craft your own itinerary.

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Find rolling hills shrouded in mist, listen to stories of Scottish legends and heroes, and uncover the secrets tucked away in the the Scottish Highlands. On this full-day guided tour, explore the region's acclaimed National Parks, pass by massive historic castles, and scan the waters of Loch Ness for its famed and elusive sea monster.

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The famous Royal Mile, the city’s main thoroughfare and an iconic street in Edinburgh’s Old Town, is dotted with small boutique shops, Gothic monuments, and the emblematic Mercat Cross. This street has plenty of hidden gems and mysterious courtyards that are just waiting to be explored.

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Explore the floating history of the Royal Family as you step aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. Led by an informative audio-guide, explore the lavish State Apartments where Her Majesty once stayed, see the quarters of former officers and captains, and learn about the ship's legendary trips around the world.

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The natural beauty and varied cultural heritage of Scotland is sure to take your breath away. Meander through the valleys of the picturesque Highlands in a luxury coach, admiring spectacular scenery and iconic Scottish monuments such as Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle.

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Scotland is a country of immense natural beauty, inspiring landscapes, and, of course, distinctive scotch from original distilleries. Experience all the splendor the area has to offer. Meander up to the Highlands, travel along looming glens, and sample fine whiskies.

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