Picturesque Edinburgh is among the biggest, most charming cities in all of Scotland. While locals may extol the cultural virtues of Glasgow, it’s Edinburgh that displays the historical majesty of Scotland in a city replete with castles, monuments, museums and heritage sites – not to mention cheap accommodation and a bustling nightlife that envies that in Newcastle, South Beach in Miami and the Island of Kos!
Apartments in Edinburgh are easy to come by and self catering means it will be a relatively cheap holiday or weekend city break. Group tours in Edinburgh are common, although the independent traveler setting out without a guide will fare well in this city too, as many attractions are very apparent and easy to find. There are frequent 'haunted city' tours too. A great starting point for sightseeing in Edinburgh is the Edinburgh Castle. Perched prominently on top one of the cities many hills, as if you were in the Lake District in Cumbria, this fortress which was once well positioned for the soldiers defending the city is now perfectly positioned for tourists seeking a panoramic view of the verdant countryside, the sparkling city and the assure blue of the Firth of Forth bay. After a trip to the castle, start a walk down the royal mile and let Edinburgh begin to capture your imagination.
Down from the castle, you won’t want to miss the National Gallery of Scotland, which houses a small, but impressive collection of art spanning medieval times to modern European impressionists. One is reminded that Scotland, while a rugged, Northern frontier, also holds its weight on the international culture scene - indeed the annual Edinburgh festival is testament to this. Indeed, art galleries in Scotland are abundant, with schools and local artists regularly hosting exhibitions. For those fascinated by Scotland’s strong literary tradition, it wouldn’t be remiss to pay respects to Sir Walter Scott by visiting the Scott Monument, a towering spire nearly 70 meters high in his honor. More interesting yet is the Writer’s Museum, located on Lawnmarket Street.
Edinburgh nightlife competes on the international scene as an increasing number of swanky lounges and disco dance floors are opening and increasing in popularity. Celebrities often visit The Opal Lounge on George Street and the Club Ego is prized for its innovative décor. Edinburgh is a great place to go to see in the New Year to celebrate Hogmanay in style! The celebrations here top those that you can even find in London or New York. Book your Edinburgh accommodation or a holiday rental in Edinburgh early, as it fills up fast. Enjoy your family holiday in the UK today.