The Scottish capital is one of the most vibrant capitals in Europe and as a compact city its best discovered on foot, from discovering the secrets of the Royal Mile to strolling along the waterfront in Leith. With over 4,500 listed buildings, Edinburgh is world-renowned for its rich architectural heritage with the two main areas of interest being the Old Town, which includes the Royal Mile that runs from the medieval fortress of Edinburgh down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the neoclassical New Town that dates back to the 18th century. One of the best times to visit is during August when the city comes alive with the Edinburgh Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Walk along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile that connects the magnificent Edinburgh Castle. Perched high on volcanic rock with the splendid Palace of Holyroodhouse, resting in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat Explore Edinburgh Castle that has dominated its surroundings for centuries with the earliest references to Edinburgh’s Castle rock dating back over 3,000 years
Visit the ghostly ‘Real Mary King’s Close’ a warren of underground streets and closes that have been buried by buildings built on top on the Royal Mile. Listen to the fascinating tale of Mary King a prominent business women in 1630s and why she had a close named after her, which was highly unusual for a woman at the time
Climb Arthur’s Seat an iconic extinct volcano in Holyrood Park for great views of the Old Town and castle
Step on board the Royal Yacht Britannia for a tour of the Queen’s former royal yacht in Leith
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