Scottish people call Edinburgh Britain’s other eye, Athens of North, Edina and Auld Reekie. Edinburgh has a vast collection of primitive and archetypal architecture, spectacular rocks, and rustic buildings. This capital city of Scotland is located close to North Sea.
On all sides, you get a view of green hills, building silhouettes, clue of blue sea and red cliffs. You can explore this city on foot. Hidden church yards, passageways, stairs, and narrow streets will take you away from main streets. Make sure to have a walking map to enjoy a self-guided tour around Edinburg’s most popular sights on foot.
Tourist maps feature guidance and information for travellers about top attractions, best shops, upcoming festivals or events, and special discounts at specific restaurants.
Reasons to visit Edinburg
Edinburg & culture
First UNESCO metropolis to be called ‘the city of literature’. Popular Scottish authors list is long including Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Burns, Allan Ramsay, R.K. Rowling, Neil Gunn, etc. There are many libraries, literature fans can spend their time including National Library, Scottish Story-telling Centre, Museum of Writers, Library of Poetry and more.
The geology of Edinburg is stunning. Its dissimilar landscape is worth admiring as it transmutes from volcanic Pentland Hills on South into seaside Portobello resort in the East. Arthur’s Seat lies on top of an extinct volcano that offers bird’s eye view of Edinburg city.
Edinburg Castle has a strategic location on the volcanic hill having sharp cliffs. Edinburg Castle has its history of being captured by Scottish and English rulers. You will get a view of the Stone of Scone, which is a coronation stone used for centuries to coronate rulers of Scotland and later England. It is an oblong slab of red sandstone.
This stone of destiny has several legends and myths associated with it. It is kept in Edinburg Castle’s crown room. Time your visit around 1 pm, so as to see the gun salute from Edinburg Castle. St. Margaret Chapel in the Castle ground must not be missed. It is an oldest building built in presumably 1130 to honor Queen Margaret. There are a couple of beautiful rustic chandeliers from the 16th and 17th centuries.
- Edinburg International festival offers variety of artist performances including ballet, drama, opera or classical music.
- In August, the traditional Summer Edinburg Festival is also attended by worldwide travellers.
- During Fringe Festival, drama, comedy and solo artist performances can be enjoyed.
- Jazz festival
- Book festival
- TV festival and more
Edinburg for Haggis & Scotch Whisky
Edinburg offers overabundance of gastronomic experience with its lengthy history and modern flare. First time visitors must try traditional dishes, which the local Scottish people take pride in.
Join Old Town food tour to delight your taste buds with traditional Salmon tart or try warm meaty dish cooked from sheep pluck. Finally, drink Scotch whisky the national drink of Scotland.at the replica distillery, you can check the largest whiskey collection in the world [more than 3500 bottles].
Walk down Royal Mile
Royal Mile runs across the Old Town connecting glorious Edinburg Castle situated on the summit of volcanic rock with fabulous Holyrood house Palace resting in Arthur Seat’s shadow. Walking down the Mile, you will come across towering tenements on both side of cobbled street, which narrows creating a hush-hush underground world.
Road trip along North Coast 500
Tourists who want to get away from crowd can wander on the scenic route 66 or North Coast 500. It starts from Highland and ends in Inverness covering 500 miles of North Scotland. You will discover breathtaking views along the trail.
Visit http://www.tripindicator.com/edinburgh-tourist-attractions-map.html to choose the ultimate Scottish road trip route on the basis of attraction that you desire to see. Interactive map can be downloaded to discover what’s up north or about castles not overcrowded or limestone caves dwelling deep underground.