There are many reasons why Scotland’s Capital should be on your travel list. This cosmopolitan city boasts an incredible wealth of history, architectural delights and events to keep you entertained throughout the year.
Now there’s plenty to see, experience and discover…so planning is key! Here are five things I recommend visitors to experience in this medieval city, which will help make your planning that extra bit easier.
Marvel At The Royal Mile
Located in the Old Town (which is a World Heritage Site) The Royal Mile is the vibrant heart of Edinburgh, and is one of the most visited streets in this city. Stretching from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile is a fantastic base to visit cathedrals, experience a walking tour, rummage through a variety of independent designer shops, or dine at a range of buzzing restaurants and pubs.
But hey, if that doesn’t take your fancy then maybe the incredible architecture will! Because the Royal Mile is home to some of Edinburgh’s finest medieval architecture. Here you can marvel at Edinburgh Castle sitting high on its fortress (which is in fact an extinct volcano!), admire the very cobbles you’ll walk on, and absorb the wonderful atmosphere around you.
Challenge Yourself To Walk Arthurs Seat
Expect to witness some breathtaking views of Edinburgh from Arthurs Seat, which is a dormant volcano sitting 251m above sea level. There are several routes to walk up to Arthur’s Seat, but whichever route you take it is important to make sure you wear appropriate footwear!
It takes on average 30-45 minutes to walk Arthurs’s Seat, but I guarantee that the views you’ll see will more than make up for it! It is best to visit Arthurs Seat in the morning, as it tends to get busier in the afternoon. The spectacular views from the city make this activity so worthwhile, with the added benefit that its free and gets your fitness on!
Experience The World's Largest Art Festival
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe begins every August and lasts around three weeks, where thousands of performers take to the stages to simply entertain the crowds. Dating back to its humble beginnings in 1947, this festival attracts thousands of visitors and performers. Ranging from unknown aspiring artists to big name acts, there is a diverse range of entertainment that cater for many tastes.
The atmosphere at Edinburgh Festival Fringe is alive with energy, and there is plenty to see and get involved in. Many performances are even free, and there are plenty of posters and free guides around to help plan your time here.
Feeling Hungry Yet?
All the excitement and wonder Edinburgh brings will no doubt leave you with a hungry tummy! But for those looking for cheap and cheerful quick eat, then be sure to pop into Oink Hog Roast.
Serving a meaty carving of Scottish hog roast (which is displayed in the window so you know it’s fresh!) in a roll, this a perfect snack to keep you going through the day. Prices are are reasonably reflected on size, ranging from £2.95 - £4.95 (approximately 4.25 - 7.10 USD) for a hog roast roll.
End The Year With A Street Party!
Not only is Edinburgh home to one of the world’s largest festivals, but it also hosts one of the best New Years Eve parties! Hogmanay spans over three days, and has a range of performances and processions for all to join. On the 31st December the streets come alive with festivities and and music as the crowds gather to party and countdown the final moments till the New Year.
Tickets for Hogmanay are priced around £25 (approximately 35 USD) per person, and it is best to book early to avoid any disappointment! The joyful atmosphere from the street party and impressive fireworks display behind Edinburgh Castle at midnight will no doubt leave a special memorable New Years for you.
Stunning architecture, oodles of history and a variety of world class events await you on your visit to Edinburgh. Scotland’s Capital has plenty going on, and maybe one of these reasons above can convince you enough to find that out yourself!
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