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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