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Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland located in the Central Belt region of the country. With a population of approximately 450,000 (1 million in the city region), "Auld Reekie" (Edinburgh) manages to combine both ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere. Watched over by the imposing castle, the symbol of the city, Edinburgh combines medieval relics, Georgian grandeur and a powerful layer of modern life with contemporary avant-garde. In Edinburgh, medieval palaces rub shoulders with the best of modern architecture, Gothic churches with amazing museums and galleries. Scotland's throbbing night-life centre, Edinburgh, "the Athens of the North", is also a feast for the mind and the senses, playing host to great restaurants, shops and an unequaled programme of city festivals throughout the year. Hogmanay, the Scottish New Year, kicks off the festivities, which culminate in the high summer with the Tattoo, the International and the Fringe, amongst many others.

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh were listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1995. In 2004, Edinburgh became the first member of the UNESCO Creative Cities initiative when it was designated a City of Literature.

Edinburgh Driving Information

By road, Edinburgh can be reached most immediately by the M8 motorway (from Glasgow and the west), M9 (from Stirling and the north-west), A90/M90 (from Perth, Dundee and northern Scotland), the A1 (from Newcastle upon Tyne and north-east England) and A702/M74 (from Carlisle and north-western England).
From London the fastest route to Edinburgh is the M1 motorway, followed by the A1(M) and the A1 - a journey of 640 km (398 mi) and approximately 8-9 hrs driving time.

Edinburgh is not a particularly car friendly city (the worst city to drive in outside of London in the UK) with the myriad of one-way streets and the Old Town's medieval layout, and the dedication of parking wardens to ticketing anything that is not moving is legendary. In addition, the works to install the new tram line will be ongoing until 2012, and have caused numerous road closures and diversions throughout the City Centre and Leith. Finding parking can be difficult, though there are several multi-storey car parks in the city centre (Castle Terrace for the West End, try St James Centre or Greenside at the East End). It is often cheaper and quicker to use the new Park and Ride systems now in place on all approaches to the City, (National Park and Ride Directory is available online, so it's even easy to just abandon your car on the outskirts. For visitors arriving from the M8, follow directions for Edinburgh Airport to reach Ingliston Park and Ride; this facility is half a mile from the airport terminal.

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Whether you are looking for history, culture, sport, festivals or all of these and more; then Edinburgh is the place to visit. There are many things to do, see, try and discover in this mesmerising city.

With something for everyone; from shopping to ghost tours, festivals and shows to trips at the zoo and more; Edinburgh is the jewel of Scotland waiting to be explored. The beautiful city is the capital of Scotland and is also perfect for a weekend break.

Things To Do in Edinburgh, Scotland

Each year an array of events take place in Edinburgh and 2013 is set to be one of the best yet. The Six Nations rugby, the International Film Festival, the Edinburgh Art Festival, the Open Golf Championship and the famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are just a handful of the many scheduled occasions that will be a hit this year.

If you are visiting Edinburgh; here are just 2 places you can visit. The beauty of the capital is that you can visit so many times, and on each visit you are certain to find something new.

Arthur’s Seat is situated in Holyrood Park and is the largest of a group of hills and can be seen from almost anywhere in Edinburgh. This dormant volcano last burst into life over 300 million years ago and today it attracts people from all around the world. A 30-minute walk up the hill and you can witness the beauty of the city. Carry on for another hour or so to be at one of the highest peaks and allow yourself to be wowed with panoramic views across Edinburgh.

The start of the walk to Arthur’s Seat is very easy to access; just follow signs to the Palace of Holyrood House and then to the visitor’s car park. The beginning of the path is clearly marked and is opposite the palace.

Within a short car journey; you can be at the opposite end of the Edinburgh Royal Mile and at the famous Edinburgh Castle. This is said to be an absolute must outing for anyone visiting the city.

The history of the Castle is bright and colourful; the middle ages saw Scottish Royalty living within the grounds, the castle has played a monumental role in many battles and parts were even once used as a prison.

Today; the Castle is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels and also Scotland’s National War Museum. August is certainly the liveliest month as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo descends with its variety of military activity from around the globe.

Edinburgh Castle offers such an array of historical features to be explored. Guided tours are available as well as audio books in several languages. There is a range of car parking facilities at excellent rates and directions for the Castle are well sign-posted.
Getting around Edinburgh is easy and stress-free. Last summer saw an ‘alive after 5’ campaign run by the local council which saw pay and display car parking to be free after 5pm during the festival season. The scheme was a big hit with visitors and there are hopes it will be put in place again this year.

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