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This coming year, why not make a date in your diary to experience the exhilarating atmosphere of Edinburgh.
Whether you favour a lively city break, a peaceful seasonal sojourn, a crazy couple of weeks of culture at the biggest arts festival in the world or to strut your stuff in style at (most possibly) the best New Years Eve party there is, Edinburgh is the place for you! It satisfies a variety of tastes and energy levels without even breaking a sweat. However, there is so much more to Edinburgh than you can squeeze into a single break. Even the more energetic amongst us on roller skates would be hard pushed to familiarise themselves with all the city has to offer in one visit.
Edinburgh, packed full of brilliant sights, sounds and attractions, never fails to awaken the senses and the best thing of all, is that they all lie within easy reach of the city centre. Up in the Old Town amongst the aged and multi layers of sinewy architecture lies the city’s pride and joy, its 12th century castle. The cobbled walkway leading downwards towards the east of town and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, is majestically addressed as the Royal Mile. A medieval golden mile, it is the heart and soul of the city’s ‘colourful’ and murky history. Flanked by an array of public houses, museums, souvenir shops and dark alleyways, the Royal Mile and the 12th century castle are the best introduction you can get to the city of Edinburgh.
An intriguing destination, Edinburgh, a sightseer’s paradise, is packed with museums, art galleries and many different types of tour, some even with tour guides who are dead (one can’t help but ponder the possibility of the wages being pretty poor!) There is a port, a seaside, a university and Greyfriars Bobby.
It was where tartan became trendy, where the one o’clock gun from the castle is fired and where graves were once robbed and innocent people murdered for the advancement of modern medicine. A city of great achievements and achievers, Edinburgh sired Alexander Graham Bell, as well as schooling the incomparable Scottish painter Sir David Wilkie and the originator of the evolution theory, Charles Darwin.
A UNESCO City of Literature (as well as a World Heritage site) it has been home to Sir Walter Scott, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson and continues to provide inspiration to our favourite contemporary writers like Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith and JK Rowling. This is the city where the first and the last words of the Harry Potter chronicles were penned and where on its outskirts a tiny church in the village of Rosslyn was made famous by ‘The Da Vinci Code’ by Dan Brown.This is a city where literature is a driving force and why visitors in their hundreds like nothing better than to attend the annual Book Festival of Charlotte Square. Edinburgh offers Hay on Wye, north of the Border!
Whether within or outside of the big festival season and the infamous Hogmanay celebrations, there is something for everybody in Scotland’s capital city. From the minute you land to the moment you leave, Edinburgh is a city that just keeps giving!