Edinburgh: a short guide to the capital of Scotland

Edinburgh is a city rich in tradition, culture and history. From castles to golf, it is a place of natural beauty with many attractions. Whether you are coming to Edinburgh for vacation, work, study or just a round of golf, you will not be disappointed.

Edinburgh has been known by many names (Auld reekie, Athens of the North, city of festivals) and is one of the most striking cities in Europe. The city is formed around the famous Edinburgh Castle, and you couldn’t ask for a more spectacular view in the heart of the city.

Leading from the castle is the Royal Mile, a stretch that connects the castle to Holyrood Palace (the residence of Queens in Scotland) and the neighboring Scottish Parliament building. A vibrant street lined with wonderful pubs, gift shops, and street performers, not to mention the Scottish Whiskey Heritage Building.

In August, you’ll see the city’s population quadruple as it hosts the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest of its kind in the world. With a variety of shows from the magnificent Military Tattoo, comedy at the Pleasance, and a host of stage performances, you’ll be short on entertainment. All of this ended with a spectacular fireworks display from the castle. Simply wonderful.

You will also find one of the oldest universities in the world, known for its academic excellence.

Beneath the city you’ll find century-old chambers that some say are haunted. Why not see for yourself on one of the many ghost tours available?

See the incredible view of the city from Calton Hill, where you will also find the unfinished replica of the Athenian Acropolis of Greece.

Watch the pipers play as you sip on the best Scotch whiskey and sample the national dish of haggis, if you dare.

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