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When a city’s New Town dates to the 18th century, you know you’re in a seriously historic city; it’s Old Town is medieval by the way. This sophisticated Scottish capital has melded the ancient with the modern and is synonymous with its annual festival in August, that encompasses the legendary Tattoo to The Fringe; but it’s festival time almost year-round in Edinburgh. Join the spirited locals for celebrations of film, jazz and science, not to mention Hogmanay. Walk through history with a visit to Edinburgh Castle, towering above the Royal Mile. Then follow this famous thoroughfare down to the Queen’s Scotland address. Take a tipple of Scotland’s finest whisky en route or shop for your clan tartan.



SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN EDINBURGH



Edinburgh Military Tattoo EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO

Staged every year as part of the famous Edinburgh Festival, this is a unique celebration of music, dance and military pageantry. Performed amongst the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the Tattoo features colour and variety from the four corners of the globe. Experience the finest displays of massed pipes and drums.

Edinburgh Castle EDINBURGH CASTLE
 

You haven’t truly seen Edinburgh until you’ve paid a visit to the most famous of all the Scottish castles. Perched atop a rocky outcrop and totally dominating the cityscape, it has tons of history dating back to the 12th century and is still used for events including the Military Tattoo.

Sample a drum of whiskey SAMPLE A DRAM OF WHISKY
 

Neat or with ice. The Scotch Whisky Experience is a swirling, bubbling interactive attraction which brings 300 years of Scotch Whisky history to life, and on the Whisky Heritage Tour you will learn the origins of Malt Whisky distilling in Scotland. Or head to the Scottish Lowlands to a distillery for a whisky-tasting tour.

Discover the city on a Walking Tour DISCOVER THE CITY WITH A WALKING TOUR
 

Wander down centuries-old cobblestone streets, passageways and Edinburgh tenements and hear stories and secrets from Edinburgh’s past. There a range of walks to choose from – Old Town historical; Ghosts, Murder & Mystery; Underground Vaults; Photography; New Town

Views of the City VIEWS OF THE CITY
 

Follow any one of the walking tracks that crisscross the hills of Edinburgh to get to the top of Arthur’s Seat, the main peak.  The effort is worth it with superb views of the city.

Traditional Scottish night TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH NIGHT

Enjoy a cultural and culinary experience of Scottish dancing and  music, including a bagpipe player in full Highland dress and a tasting of haggis.
Day Tours DAY TOURS
 

Search for Nessie, learn about the area’s history and travel through spectacular scenery on the Loch Ness, Glen Coe, the Highlands Tour; the West Highland Lochs and Castles day trip takes you through dramatic landscape to discover the magnificent Stirling, Doune & Inveraray Castles and stunning views over Loch Lomond; pass the coastal villages of East Neuk on the way to St Andrews home of golf and return via the Falkland Palace.

Glasgow GLASGOW
 

Scotland’s largest city, is famed for its splendid Victorian architecture, world-class museums and vibrant cultural life. Make sure you spend the day seeing some of these sights: the Museum of Transport, the Cathedral and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum and of course the high street shops.

Outlander OUTLANDER FILMING LOCATIONS
 

Gain an insight into the Highlands of the early 1740’s as you follow the footsteps of Jamie and Claire to Midhope Castle/Lallybroch, Lomond Hills/Inverness, Doune Castle/Castle Leoch, Culross/Cranesmuir and the Rings of Standing Stones/Craigh na Dun which have stood outside of Inverness for 3000 years.




EDINBURGH ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotel and resort options in Edinburgh.
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Brooks Hotel Edinburgh
BROOKS HOTEL EDINBURGH
★★★
This boutique hotel is well located in the financial district of Edinburgh City and only a short 5 minute walk to Haymarket Train Station. Spend your days exploring the history of the city before heading back to the hotel to relax and enjoy a dram of whisky in the hotel’s courtyard.
The Place Edinburgh
THE PLACE EDINBURGH
★★★★

A townhouse styled hotel, situated in a stunning A-listed Georgian Terrace in the very heart of the city. Close to the main theatre and shopping districts, this unique privately owned hotel features contemporary bedrooms and a stylish restaurant and cocktail bar.
The Knight Residence by Mansley
THE KNIGHT RESIDENCE BY MANSLEY
★★★★
The Knight Residence’s fine service ensures that you enjoy the best of Scottish hospitality.  You're surrounded by lots of great pubs, cafés, restaurants and within cooee of the big attractions. You’ll appreciate the cooking facilities and spacious living areas in these apartments.
Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh
RADISSON BLU HOTEL EDINBURGH
★★★★half star
Discover the history and beauty of Edinburgh from this totally refurbished hotel, located on the Royal Mile, in the heart of the capital’s historic district. When you’re not out exploring the nearby Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle, book a treatment at Melrose Spa, work out in the Health Club or order a delicious meal in.





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