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Edinburgh: the enchanting city

Welcome to Edinburgh, Scotland's crown jewel perched ever so proudly on its rocky peak. It's a city with two faces—medieval and modern.

Emblem of the city and visible for kilometres around, Edinburgh Castle dominates the banks of the Firth of Forth and has a view of the far-off North Sea. It is the spectacular heart of Old Town, a neighbourhood built in the Middle Ages, with narrow winding streets, monuments, historical squares, and colourful pubs. On the other bank is New Town and its 18th-century architecture, lined with Georgian facades and Victorian houses. This lively area is full of chic boutiques, fashionable restaurants, teashops, theatres, and nightclubs, plus some beautiful gardens, including the resplendent Royal Botanic Garden.

Throughout the year, Edinburgh radiates charm and mystery: dark and stormy in winter, dazzling in spring, a balmy seaside resort in summer, and wild in the autumn. Culture reigns in this dynamic city, which has many museums, historical buildings, galleries, and festivals. It is best explored on foot, getting gloriously lost in its historical streets. Tales and legends have shaped the city, and its ghosts are still very much at home here. In fact, it has more cemeteries than any other city in the world…

Facing the sea is the long and sandy Portobello Beach. A few kilometres further north, the sea air of Leith attracts many artists, galleries, and restaurants. This is the new fashionable destination for hipsters and foodies, who enjoy three-star restaurants and, of course, its Scotch whisky and craft beers. Still have a little free time? Explore the captivating surrounding countryside and then pop over to Glasgow!

Insight video - Discover EDINBURGH and surroundings
Insight video

Discover EDINBURGH and surroundings

Discovery map - Our selection of must-see places in and around Edinburgh
Discovery map

Our selection of must-see places in and around Edinburgh

Diaporama

Our Edinburgh photo album

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literature - festival

Head to the Edinburgh International Book Festival!

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The Last Word invents the cocktail of your dreams

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Scottish hospitality at the Rutland

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In the green alleys of the Royal Mile

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Cramond, an isle of mystery

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A lovely walk in Princes Street Gardens

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Weekend in Edinburgh

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Purslane's casual fine dining

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Off to the Edinburgh International Festival

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Royal Burgess: the origins of golf!

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