Edinburgh Travel Guide
Scotlandís capital and possibly the countryís most appealing city, Edinburgh is a fascinating place with myriad historical and artistic treasures, a pub scene second only to Dublin and scenery to rival the Scottish highlands. There is something distinctly special about Edinburgh it really buzzes; its diversity of architecture and atmospheres, its bloody history, its ghosts and its thirst for the arts make it entirely unique. Trendy it may be, cosmopolitan is certainly is but this is, after all Scotland, and the Scots have a rare gift for maintaining a high level of humanity within their culture this ainít no London. And in truth the nightlife is arguably much better and definitely cheaper.
Dominated by its imposing Castle, Edinburgh was built on seven hills and has seen more than its fair share of bloodshed. Today however it is Scotlandís favourite tourist destination with a huge student population and although it may well wear its heart on its sleeve, with the plethora of memorials to executed citizens, it is a happy, friendly and sociable city with plenty to keep visitors intrigued. The Castle itself is well worth a visit. Built on a volcanic crag, this historic seat of the nationís power dominates the skyline. The one million visitors it welcomes every year are treated to viewings of Mary Queen of Scots bedroom, the French Prison and the site of hundreds of witch trials. Edinburghís most well trodden walk is the Royal Mile, which runs between the Castle and the Palace and is a virtual history lesson in itself. Princes Street may well be the principal thoroughfare but slip behind the high street chain stores into the alleys behind and youíll find the true character of Edinburgh in the rows of fascinating shops and cafes.
Going out is a national pastime. There are some 700 pubs and bars in the City, ranging from trendy theme Pubs to seedy fleapits. Entertainment is never far away and Edinburgh has some of the best music venues in the UK with reasonably pocket friendly prices to boot. Visit during August and enjoy the City gone mad. The world famous Edinburgh Edinburgh Festival and Fringe is officially the largest art festival in the world and a chance to overdose of theatre, performance art, live music and comedy. Other highlights are Burns Night on 25th January and New Years Eve or Hogmanay as its known locally. Like most major Cities Edinburgh has its problems but the irrepressible optimism and progressive thinking of the inhabitants lends a tangible sanguinity. In short Edinburgh really does welcome you and ensures that when you leave you will feel you have been somewhere very special.
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