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Scotland’s enchanting capital Edinburgh is a city of striking contrasts. Perched dramatically on an extinct volcano, the world-famous Edinburgh Castle is visible from almost any point in the city, a constant reminder of Edinburgh’s long and fascinating history. As you explore the city’s striking architecture, tranquil green spaces and exciting attractions, you will soon understand how so many authors and poets have been inspired to create iconic characters like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Sherlock Holmes and most recently Harry Potter.
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Do and see
Edinburgh is a compact city, easily explored on foot. The city with its seven hills is of course characterised by Edinburgh Castle which is Scotland’s most popular tourist attraction. The world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place at the entrance to the Castle Esplanade for three weeks in August during the summer festivals every year, while colourful fireworks displays are set off from the ramparts at Hogmanay.
Edinburgh Castle
Towering majestically over the city, the iconic castle will fascinate you with its mix of Royal palace, historic fortress and war museum. See the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and medieval siege gun Mons Meg before admiring the view across Edinburgh.
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
The principle of the camera obscura have been known for over 900 years, but still fascinates young and old. On over five floors of attractions you can shrink yourself or step into the dark room and spy on people in the street outside!
The Scotch Whisky Experience
Uncover the secrets of Scotland’s national drink at the Scotch Whisky Experience. Take a unique tour through a replica distillery in their Whisky Barrel Ride before learning more about the whisky regions of Scotland and enjoying a dram as you marvel at the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky.
Royal Mile Walking Tour
Starting at the top of the Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town your guide will lead you into Edinburgh’s historic past. You will hear about the characters and events that shaped our city. Along the way you will see St Giles Cathedral a site of worship for over a thousand years. The Mercat (market) Cross a place of proclamations, punishments and celebrations. You will also hear about the people who have lived in this city from the common to the extra ordinary, Adam Smith to John Knox, Robert Burns to Burke and Hare.
Rosslyn Chapel
For a mysterious journey through myth and legend, visit Rosslyn Chapel, featured prominently in Dan Brown’s international bestseller The Da Vinci Code. Hear the intriguing tales behind Rosslyn’s beautiful and ornate carvings before taking a peaceful walk in Roslin Glen.
National Museum of Scotland
National Museum of Scotland is a real family adventure. In their galleries you can watch ancient Egyptian mummies, the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and specimens collected by Charles Darwin. Check their website to know what kind of exhibition is ongoing!
Edinburgh Zoo
Explore the lives of over 1,000 exciting animals from all over the world. Watch giant pandas, penguins and other brilliant birds or take part in some of all interactive events Edinburgh Zoo offers. Don't miss Edinburgh Zoo gardens inside the park with all its beautiful flowers and plants.
The Scottish Parliament
In the Holyrood area, at the bottom of Royal Mile, The Scottish Parliament lies. The building has won awards for its striking design. Here you can learn about Scotland's political history, watch live debates and well as wonder at its unique architecture. If you want to watch the members of the Scottish Parliament in action, booking in advance is recommended.
Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh Airport is only 11 km west of the city, but it will take nearly 25-30 minutes to get to the city regardless of whether you go by bus, taxi or hire car. Take the Airlink express bus no. 100, it departs every 30 minutes in the evening and at night, but every 10 minutes during the day. Taxi prices to and from the airport vary and many of the vehicles are adapted for disabled people. Cars can be hired 24 hours and are easy to book in advance via the airport website.
Public Transport
There are a number of bus companies, of which the largest are First Edinburgh and Lothian Buses which you can use to get around town or explore the surrounding coast and countryside. As Edinburgh is a small and fairly compact city, most destinations in the city are within walking distance. Lothian Buses - Internet: www.lothianbuses.com/index.php First Edinburgh - Internet: www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/scotland_east/
Unoccupied taxis have an illuminated light on the roof. Many companies offer a call-back service, which means that the taxi company calls and by giving two rings notifies you that the taxi is waiting. City Cabs +44 131 228 1211 Central Radio Taxis +44 131 229 2468
The post office in central Edinburgh is in St. James Centre at the east end of Princes Street.
To find details of your nearest services including pharmacies, dentists, GP (doctors) surgeries and hospitals visit the NHS24 website or give them a call.
Country code: +44 Area code: 0131
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