Edinburgh - a beautiful town
Let’s start off with the basics. Edinburgh is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Here are a couple of quotes about this glorious historic town: “The most beautiful of all the capitals of Europe.” Sir John Betjeman. “Probably the most beautiful city we have ever seen.” The Black Eyed Peas. If Sir John Betjeman, one of Britain’s great post war poets, and the Black Eyed Peas agree about Edinburgh, then who are we to disagree?
It is a city renowned for its wealth of gothic architecture (over 4,500 listed buildings) and this is nowhere more evident than in the Old Town, a treasure trove of style, which includes the medieval fortress of Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, as well as plenty of squares, nooks and crannies to get lost in.
The “New Town”, in turn, dates back to the 18th century and is largely held in neoclassical design and includes many Georgian terraces.
It is in part this combination of medieval architecture and neoclassical design that gives Edinburgh such a unique character.
Edinburgh - What to see and do
The city of Edinburgh is arguably best known for its famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This festival is the largest arts festival in the world, spanning over 20 days, featuring over 53,000 performances across 300 venues. Visitors flock to this Scottish city for their share of theatre, comedy, dance, musicals, opera etc. If a crowded city is not to your liking then the month of August is best to be avoided.
Thankfully, Edinburgh has so much to offer that visitors arriving at other times of the year are able to enjoy many attractions including the famous hike up Arthur’s seat´, the now extinct volcano that is visible from the city centre and can be hiked up with relative ease.
The National Museum of Scotland with its large collection spread between two impressive buildings offers a fascinating insight into Scotland, tracing its history from the very beginning.
Edinburgh - Gastronomy
Scotland is famous for its scotch Whiskey and there is no better place to try this than in Edinburgh. There are many tasting experiences on offer for you to try and learn about the process of making this national drink
Edinburgh is full of fantastic pubs, many of which are within sight of Edinburgh’s famous castle, providing the perfect backdrop to enjoy an evening drink or meal. The city is home to 4 Michelin star restaurants, offering plenty of fine dining options to visitors. Furthermore, the annual food festival (held in July) attracts big names from the culinary world whilst also showcasing the best of Scottish produce.