A Brief Guide To Edinburgh
Although compact, Edinburgh is a vibrant, lively capital city with lots of offer tourists throughout the year. Edinburgh is situated on the east coast of Scotland on the southern shores of the Firth of Forth.
It is surrounded by the stunning countryside of Midlothian and the coastal delights of East Lothian, so there is plenty to see both within and around the city.
Edinburgh is the second most populated city (behind Glasgow) with approximately 507,000 residents. The city is also Scotland’s financial centre, housing many headquarters of major financial institutions.
Edinburgh boasts a long history and this can be seen in the architecture. There are medieval tenements and old winding closes, along with imposing Georgian townhouses, not forgetting the more modern structures the city has to offer.
The best way to view the hidden secrets of the city is on foot. Climb one of the many stone staircases around the Old Town and try to imagine life here from centuries ago.
Sport is in the heart of many folk that live in Edinburgh. Murrayfield Stadium hosts the Scottish international rugby games and is the largest capacity stadium in Scotland. Not only is rugby a passion in Edinburgh, but so is football. This is reflected in the fact there are three football teams in the city: Heart of Midlothian (known as “Hearts”), Hibernian (commonly know as “Hibs”) and Edinburgh City.
Visitors to the city can expect to discover a variety of attractions including but not limited to:
-Edinburgh Castle: the iconic fortress, parts of which date back to the 12th century. The castle is also home to the Crown Jewels of Scotland
-The Hogmanay celebrations: each New Year is brought iin with several bangs as the breath-taking firework display is one of the biggest in Europe.
-Arthur’s Seat: an extinct volcano, which gives panoramic views over Edinburgh if you choose to hike to the top
- The Edinburgh International Festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Edinburgh Military Tattoo and The Edinburgh International Book Festival: Edinburgh hosts a cultural explosion each August with three festivals that run simultaneously in venues across the cities. You will be spoiled for choice between classical music, opera and ballet or stand-up comedy and modern dance. Edinburgh also draws international authors of both fiction and non-fiction, as well as children’s writers. It is a busy but very special time in the city.
-The Scottish Parliament: the financially-controversial building houses the 129 members of the Scottish Parliament and the first debate was held there in 2004. Famously the building cost around ten times its original budget
Edinburgh can be reached by air, road and train, which makes it a perfect city break destination from both the UK and abroad.