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Enthralling Edinburgh

With a history dating back over a thousand years, Scotland’s remarkable capital is also one of its oldest cities. This is reflected in the stunning architecture, from the captivating medieval castle atop Castle Rock to the Georgian tenements in Stockbridge and beyond.

A beautiful grandstanding city, Edinburgh is at once compact and sprawling. The Old Town’s wynds (small streets) and alleys vie for your attention with their quaint independent shops and cosy cafés. Yet the Royal Mile’s grand thoroughfare and designer stores easily compete with London’s more affluent areas. Recently famous for its two major festivals each August, Edinburgh is transformed in the summer. Street performers mingle with the crowds, theatres bulge with thespians treading the boards and the city is alive with innovative art. It is fantastic place to visit at any time of year, bustling in the sunnier months, but equally enjoyable in the winter. Great bars and comfortable restaurants are a welcome respite from the Scottish bluster – a wee dram to warm the bones might be just what you need after a brisk walk through Holyrood Park.

Experience fantastic festivals in Edinburgh.
Experience fantastic festivals in Edinburgh

The world-renowned Edinburgh Festival happens throughout August, with a staggering amount of music, comedy and theatre just waiting to be explored. Everywhere you look, you will find something quirky, cool or exciting going on, at venues all over the city. Alternatively, check out the simultaneous offerings of the equally fantastic Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Just 50km north of the city, the stunning estate of Strathallan Castle sees T in the Park taking place from 8 to 10 July. Indie institution The Stone Roses, top DJ Calvin Harris and rock legends the Red Hot Chili Peppers will lead the amazing line-up.

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Edinburgh area guide

Find out what each of Edinburgh’s unique neighbourhoods have to offer.

Old Town
Old Town.

Since its formation as a Royal burgh, Edinburgh’s Old Town has been the major hub of the city. At one end of the Royal Mile – the main thoroughfare including the High Street – the castle sits majestically guarding the city from threats. Both the Grassmarket and the narrow side streets which thread off the Mile are home to famed restaurants and theatre venues. You can also find the statue of Greyfriar’s Bobby at Greyfriar’s Kirk. Bobby was a Skye Terrier who sat by his dead master’s unmarked grave until his own death in 1872, fourteen years later.

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