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Edinburgh

Where history meets culture. Where you meet Scotland.

City Vibe

One of the liveliest cities in Europe, Edinburgh is a tourist paradise sitting on the shoulder of an extinct volcano. Stepping out of Waverley station and into Princes Street Gardens, there are two sides to choose from.  On the southside, the city is defined by the medieval streets of the Old Town, formerly and affectionately known as Auld Reekie. Littered with cosy pubs, and historical monuments, the Old Town is packed with gothic buildings perched on winding cobbled streets, with plenty of little alleys and wynds to explore. On the opposite side, New Town is considered the more stylish, sophisticated half of the city; Neo-classical in design and perfect for those looking to spend a few days shopping and dining.

Inclusive and dynamic, Edinburgh is a hub of culture with a litany of festivals, art shows and theatre performances taking place throughout the year. There are a multitude of iconic bars and restaurants to try, and don’t forget the haggis and Irn Bru!


Key Annual Events

  1. Highland Games – held throughout Scotland during spring and summer, the Highland Games are a centuries old tradition that celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture.
  2. Burns Night – on the 25th January, noted poet Robert Burns is celebrated throughout the capital. Starting with the traditional Burns Night supper, toast a dram to Rabbie Burns and party with the locals!
  3. Fringe Festival – the world’s largest Arts festival with hundreds of shows spanning across the month of August.
  4. Hogmanay – Edinburgh’s legendary street New Year’s street party!

Things to do:

  1. Whisky Tasting
  2. Holyrood House
  3. Edinburgh Castle
  4. Camera Obscura
  5. The Royal Yacht Britannia

Where to visit from Edinburgh?

  • North Coast 500 - Scotland’s own Route 66! A 500-mile round trip focusing on the most scenic sites in Northern Scotland.
  • Inverness - located in the highlands, visitors love its quaint surroundings, medieval ruins and prehistoric sites.
  • Aberdeen - also known as The Granite City, and famous for its locally quarried granite stone ornate architecture.
  • Glasgow - only a short ride on the train from Edinburgh the city has a lot to offer by way of architecture, arts & culture, not to mention shopping and dining.
  • Loch Lomond - one of the largest lakes in the UK providing stunning panoramic views. Great for lovers of water sports and boat rides or hire a cabin to explore the area for a few days.
  • Loch Ness & Highlands - the most voluminous of all lakes in the UK. World-famous for its dramatic scenery and the legend of the Loch Ness Monster.
  • Kelpies - the world's largest equine sculptures, a monument to engineering and art that must be seen up close to be marvelled at and believed.
  • Stirling - an essential visit for those interested in Scottish history, the castle was once the key to kingdom of Scotland.
  • Fingals Cave - further afield on the uninhabited island of Staffa, in the Inner Hebrides, this sea cave is known for its natural acoustics evoking a cathedral-like atmosphere.

 


Edinburgh Waverley Station Information

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Edinburgh waverley train station information

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