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Edinburgh holidays deliver a fusion of modern culture and fascinating history. Visit Edinburgh and you’ll experience contemporary and natural attractions sitting next to sites of historical importance. Edinburgh Castle, the Salisbury Crags and Holyrood Palace are just a few highlights to discover.
Beneath the beauty you’ll also find a city with a dark, brooding past that shouldn’t go unexplored. A trip to Edinburgh Dungeons or Mary King’s Close will reveal a host of unsavoury characters that have called Edinburgh home. It will also shed light on some of the city’s ghostly legends.
The Scottish capital is a city of charm and savoured history, of lively locals and lauded comedy.
Sightseeing can be hungry and thirsty work. Re-energise yourself with a trip along Lothian Road or Rose Street to try a tasty local ale and classic British favourites like fish and chips or a good curry. For something more traditional, seek out haggis with a side of neeps and tatties. Wash it all down with a dram of Scotch to help keep the cold out.
Shopping in Edinburgh may test your holiday budgeting skills! Indulge in modern fashions with a trip along Princes Street and through the Jenners department store. Alternatively, go for high-end fashion and boutiques by heading to George Street or West End. Then you’ve also got the many traditional Scottish and souvenir stores of the Royal Mile.
From the well-cared-for green spaces of the Royal Botanic Garden and Princes Street Gardens, to the ruggedness of Holyrood Park, all of the Edinburgh parks and squares offer something different. If you’re looking for spectacular views of the city and beyond, make sure you climb Arthur’s Seat or Calton Hill. For a more relaxed stroll, put the Water of Leith walkway on your holiday itinerary.
Picking out what to see in Edinburgh is simple. Finding the time to fit it all in is the tricky bit. Historical sites like Edinburgh Castle and Mary King’s Close can’t be missed. A tour around the regal Royal Yacht Britannia and the Scottish Parliament Building are also worthy of your precious holiday time. On rainy days, escape the weather with trips to the Surgeons’ Hall Museums and many galleries.
Soak up the Edinburgh arts and culture scene by touring the National Museum of Scotland and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Between them you’ll build a picture of this proud country, while also getting a deeper understanding of how Scotland welcomes cultures from around the world. The Scotsman Steps and annual Edinburgh Tattoo are perfect examples of this belief in action.