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About Edinburgh

The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh has a history of nearly 700 years. The old architecture all around and the rich Scottish flavor make this one of the UK's cities which are well worth seeing. The bustling shopping streets, old and new museums, the alluring experience of whiskey, and the Elephant Café where the Harry Potter stories were born make visitors fall in love instantly with the simple elegance of this art suffused city.

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Edinburgh Castle
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Edinburgh Castle stands tall at the center of the city atop an extinct volcano. The castle on top of the cliffs is imposingly magnificent. A witness to Scotland's long history, it has served as a royal residence, a military fortress and even a prison. In later eras, the king began to renovate the castle into a residential palace. Currently, the oldest extant part of the building is a small chapel which was built in the 11th century. It can be said that Edinburgh Castle is at the core of Scottish national history. On display in the castle you can see the Scottish crown jewels and the famous Stone of Destiny. Historically, Scottish royalty sat on it during their coronation ceremony.
Calton Hill
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The Calton Hill is located in the east of Edinburgh and is dotted with many historic and elegant buildings. It is also the commanding heights of Edinburgh, and you can take a trip along the top of the hill to see the spectacular panorama of Edinburgh. Every sunrise and sunset, many tourists will come here to enjoy the beautiful scenery, often able to take beautiful photos. Going east along Princes Street to the end of the Carlton Hill. The mountain is not high, and slowly walks up, all the way is lush scenery. When the weather is fine, many locals will come here to sunbathe on the lawn or have a picnic.
Royal Mile
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The Royal Mile is a succession of streets which form the main thoroughfare of the Old Town of the city of Edinburgh. As the name suggests, the Royal Mile is approximately one Scots mile long, and runs between two foci of history in Scotland, from Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Castle Rock down to Holyrood Abbey. The streets which make up the Royal Mile are (west to east) Castle Esplanade, Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Canongate and Abbey Strand. The Royal Mile is Edinburgh Old Town's busiest tourist street, rivalled only by Princes Street in the New Town.
Princes Street
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Shore Excursion: Braveheart & Whisky country in a Private Minibus from Edinburgh
Edinburgh Harry Potter Walking Tour
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The Heart Edinburgh's Old Town: The Royal Mile
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The Royal Mile is the name given to a succession of streets which constitutes the primary thoroughfare between the Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Old Town Edinburgh. Interestingly the length of the royal mile is about 1.81 km which is approximately one Scotts mile long; it is longer than the English mile but hasn’t been used for measurements since the 18th century. Geographically royal mile starts at the plug of an extinct volcano where the Edinburgh castle sits and goes downhill on a gentle crag and tail formation which was created when the glacial ice melted during the last ice age. The royal mile is made up of six distinct areas and their respective main streets. Starting at the top (west) the thoroughfare goes downhill where the streets Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street and Canongate form the royal mile in that order.
TripBlog   Oct 14, 2019
Top Attraction in Edinburgh: Palace of Holyroodhouse
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The palace of holyroodhouse is the official residence of the monarch and has housed many generations of the royal family. However the lavish palace as we see it today is not what it started out to be and has seen its share of transformations over the centuries. Interestingly the palace started out not as a royal place but as an abbey which can still be seen today as part of the palace grounds. According to the legends, in 1128 AD, David I established a monastery for the Augustinian order and the name ‘holy rood’ means ‘holy cross’. Originally the name Holyroodhouse belonged to the guest house maintained by the Abbot of Holyrood. The construction of a new residence beside the abbey was started in 1501 by James IV for himself and his new queen Margaret Tudor.
TripBlog   Oct 10, 2019
Panoramic Views Of The Whole City Edinburgh From Calton Hill
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Inspiring visitors and locals for the past few decades, Calton Hill has today evolved into a major hub. Famous for panoramic views, if you are a landscape photography buff, then Calton Hill Edinburgh is the place to be. The hill has a small village which not only has a rich history but is also intrinsic to the region. Situated at the bottom of Carlton Ravine to the west of the hill, its earlier name was Craigend. As it fell on the road from Leith Wynd, it is also sometimes called the Western Road to Leith.
TripBlog   Oct 10, 2019

Edinburgh Travel Tips

Edinburgh Transportation

Edinburgh Airport connects it to the domestic flights within the UK and the other cities in Europe. From the airport, you can take the shuttle bus, and the journey is around 30 minutes. Alternatively there is the tram, which you can take to Edinburgh, through St Andrew Square and Princes Street. You may also take the cab to the city, which is 25-30 minutes and costs 25-30 euros.

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UTC -0
Peak Season
May - September
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Police, Fire, Ambulance:999

Edinburgh Weather

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Weather Forecast and Travel Tips for Edinburgh
Sep 30, 2020 Edinburgh Weather:Clouds, Northeasterly Wind:0-10 kph, Humidity:90%, Sunrise/Sunset:07:15/18:49
Edinburgh Driving:Suitable, Running:Not Recommended, Cycling:Not Recommended
With the coming of spring in April and May, the air turns warm and comfortable. Comparatively, not many tourists are here during this period of time. It is appropriate to wear T shirts and pants in their summer, which lasts from June to August. During this period, Edinburgh celebrates 4 international festivals; namely International art Festival, Fringe festival, Military Tattoo and Book Festival. Most tourists come during this period and the hotel rates are high. Edinburgh’s autumn is from mid-August to September and it is cooler, so do remember your light jacket. From October to March comes the long winter where the temperature could go down to around -5℃. It is strongly suggested that you bring along winter clothing.

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I recommended Calton Hill, Arthur's Seat, Royal Botanic Garden, Water of Leith Walkway, Castle Rock.
Here are the absolute best restaurants in Edinburgh: Loch Fyne, Kims Mini Meals, Cafe Andaluz Edinburgh, The World's End, Fishers in the City.
Here are the best places to visit in Edinburgh, including: Princes Street Gardens, Scott Monument, St Giles Cathedral, Museum of Childhood, Royal Botanic Garden.