Edinburgh city guide
Built on extinct volcanoes, Edinburgh is Scotland’s Capital City and top tourist destination and plays host every August to the world famous Edinburgh International Festival. “Auld Reekie” as it is lovingly known, is a city of elegant streets, cobbled alleys and impressive Georgian architecture. It is also known as “the Athens of the North”.
The most famous attraction is Edinburgh Castle, which towers impressively over the city. Visitors to the castle can enjoy panoramic views of the city, Princess Street Gardens, The Royal Mile, The Scottish Parliament and Arthur’s Seat.
Other attractions include; The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Zoo, The Edinburgh Dungeons, Our Dynamic Earth, Camera Obscura, The Royal Botanic Gardens, The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre and a variety of museums and art galleries.
Edinburgh is full of hidden secrets and enigmas and holds a fascinating history. It has been the background to many famous novels and a centre of literary excellence with Sir Walter Scott and Rabbie Burns having lived and written in the city. Today it is the home of Alexander McCall Smith who wrote the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency and Ian Rankin whose novels include the Inspector Rebus series, and of course J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame.
Part of Edinburgh’s history is hidden beneath the streets of the city including Mary King’s Close and there are a number of Ghost Tours so visitors can explore the darker side of Edinburgh’s past.
Edinburgh is also the home of Scottish rugby. Murrayfield stadium in the west of the city hosts many events and sports matches including the Six Nations rugby tournament.