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Edinburgh is Scotland’s busy and beautiful capital city surrounded by hills and overlooking the sea. Gifted with distinct tower and castle-like architecture and possessing a culture of education, the arts and science, Edinburgh has a medieval vibe. Picturesque and historic, Edinburgh also has a catchy energy that will uplift you. Numerous festivals and celebrations bring the city to life and the people together. It’s a city that you’ll want to explore over and over again.
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Events and Festivals
Edinburgh is a festival mecca, home to many locally and internationally renowned celebrations. Some of the regular events of interest include The Royal Military Tattoo in August, is a powerful, iconic celebration of the best military music from around the world. Attracting over 200,000 guests a year, it’s a truly Scottish experience. St Andrew’s Day on November 30th celebrates Scotland’s patron saint, and is a lively, patriotic affair. Scotland’s national day features parties and a unique menu of roast lamb and creamed vanilla rice pudding. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of the largest arts festivals in the world, and on of Edinburgh’s primary party occasions!
Edinburgh is scattered with beautiful historic gems, perfect for city sightseeing. Edinburgh Castle is one of the most popular Scottish landmarks, set amongst Castle Hill. It served as a royal residence, and a British army base. Today, it is an impressive monument representing a historic point of safety and refuge from attack. Hopetoun House is described as Scotland’s ‘finest stately home’, home to the Marquess of Linlithgow. It is a famous example of European heritage architecture, and open for tourist viewing throughout the year. Travel west of Edinburgh and you’ll stumble upon Linlithgow Palace; one of the greatest ruins in Scotland and where Mary Queen of Scots was born.
The Scottish Highlands are only a day-trip away from Edinburgh, on one of many tours available by private operators. An easy way to sample the best of Scottish nature, experience the lochs and glens forming the Scottish landscape by private van. The West Highlands are also a day-trip route popular for discovering the coasts, mountains and moors in this region. But in Edinburgh proper, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh provides 72 acres of natural enjoyment. The Princes Street Gardens feature The Scott Monument and provide a leafy resting spot for weary sightseers.