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About Edinburgh

The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh has a history of nearly 700 years. The old architecture all around and the rich Scottish flavor make this one of the UK's cities which are well worth seeing. The bustling shopping streets, old and new museums, the alluring experience of whiskey, and the Elephant Café where the Harry Potter stories were born make visitors fall in love instantly with the simple elegance of this art suffused city.

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Edinburgh Castle
4.6/5
1,109 Reviews
Castle
Edinburgh Castle stands tall at the center of the city atop an extinct volcano. The castle on top of the cliffs is imposingly magnificent. A witness to Scotland's long history, it has served as a royal residence, a military fortress and even a prison. In later eras, the king began to renovate the castle into a residential palace. Currently, the oldest extant part of the building is a small chapel which was built in the 11th century. It can be said that Edinburgh Castle is at the core of Scottish national history. On display in the castle you can see the Scottish crown jewels and the famous Stone of Destiny. Historically, Scottish royalty sat on it during their coronation ceremony.
Calton Hill
4.5/5
495 Reviews
Mountain
The Calton Hill is located in the east of Edinburgh and is dotted with many historic and elegant buildings. It is also the commanding heights of Edinburgh, and you can take a trip along the top of the hill to see the spectacular panorama of Edinburgh. Every sunrise and sunset, many tourists will come here to enjoy the beautiful scenery, often able to take beautiful photos. Going east along Princes Street to the end of the Carlton Hill. The mountain is not high, and slowly walks up, all the way is lush scenery. When the weather is fine, many locals will come here to sunbathe on the lawn or have a picnic.
Royal Mile
4.6/5
403 Reviews
Featured Neighbourhood
The Royal Mile is a succession of streets which form the main thoroughfare of the Old Town of the city of Edinburgh. As the name suggests, the Royal Mile is approximately one Scots mile long, and runs between two foci of history in Scotland, from Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Castle Rock down to Holyrood Abbey. The streets which make up the Royal Mile are (west to east) Castle Esplanade, Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Canongate and Abbey Strand. The Royal Mile is Edinburgh Old Town's busiest tourist street, rivalled only by Princes Street in the New Town.
Arthur's Seat
4.6/5
179 Reviews
Mountain
No need to pack it to Hawaii to hike up a volcano - try conquering one right in the middle of Scotland! Arthur's Seat rises up 822 feet above sea level, right in the midst of modern Edinburgh. A clear day will reward those who brave the summit with spectacular views of everything within 100km, as well as a sunset like no other (though a blanket or two might be needed!). Admission is free, and maps detailing the degrees of difficulty of the various hiking trails are available from the visitor's center.

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Trip Moments

sally   
Posted: 14 Jan, 2017
Ocean   
The busiest streets of Edinburgh are full of shops. Prince Street divides Edinburgh into a new and old city, a new city to the north and an old city to the south. There is a long hill between the new and old cities, and the natural barriers are distinct. Princes Street is known as the world's best road. Just a full length, many gorgeous and modern shops gather on this road. On the south side is a verdant green area, and at the end of the east end is the Prince Street Garden. The prince street garden under the castle is picturesque, with a memorial tower of the famous Scottish writer Scott. On another green area of the garden stands the world-famous Scottish clock, whose main structure is underground. This clock was built in 1803. The minute hand is 2.4 meters long, the hour hand is 1.5 meters, the clock face is 3.5 meters in diameter, and the flower clock pattern is composed of 24,000 flowers. Every time a minute, a rhododendron jumps out. It is said to be the largest and most unique flower clock in the world. During the literary festival, the Princes Street Garden is full of flowers, and the artists in traditional kilts play the bagpipes from time to time in Princes Street Park. The Scottish Art Gallery is also located outside the garden. To the north of the garden is the bustling commercial street of Edinburgh. In the north of the new city, there is the Royal Botanical Garden, which covers an area of 30 hectares. There are many varieties of rhododendrons in the park, and the number is the highest.
Posted: 6 Jan, 2019
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