|Scotland’s capital city is an adventure waiting to happen. Edinburgh is a city with a fascinating historical past, an abundance of culture, wonderful art galleries, sophisticated shopping and exquisite and unique scenery.
Explore Edinburgh’s history by visiting the Old Town where you can find Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House – the Queen’s Edinburgh residence. The Royal Mile separates the two and this fascinating High Street boasts an abundance of unique specialty shops selling Scottish gifts and much more.
The Old Town features many historic buildings, hotels, restaurants, cafes and pubs on the Royal Mile, and the Grassmarket where 800 years of history can be experienced.
Edinburgh is home to many art galleries and museums: the Museum of Scotland, the Edinburgh Dungeon, the National Gallery of Scotland, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the Dean Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art are just a few of the fine museums in the city.
Shopping in Edinburgh is suited to all tastes, as the city boasts a variety of shops and boutiques and is host to Scotland’s only Harvey Nichol’s Department Store. George Street has an abundance designer stores; Princes Street provides High Street fashion and the Old and New Towns feature many unique and fascinating stores such as local art, crafts and more unusual, specialist small retailers.
The city itself is beautiful, with the majestic Edinburgh Castle looking down on Princes Street Gardens, dominating the Edinburgh skyline. During August, Edinburgh is home to the largest international Arts Festival, when the city comes alive with performers and theatre acts from all over the world.
Edinburgh is a city full of history, and development, too, such as the new Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood, scheduled to open this summer. Its beautiful design will compliment Edinburgh's fascinating architecture.
The best way to see the city in all its glory is by taking an open top bus tour. Contact Edinburgh Tours for details.
Any visitor to Edinburgh is sure to fall in love with this unique city, rich in culture and heritage.