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Scotland's capital is world class in many senses- the sheer drama of Edinburgh's location makes a great impact, and a great holiday destination.
Edinburgh Castle ramparts dominate the city centre, a reminder of the stormy history of Scotland, while the long crest of Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat are a foretaste of the ruggedness of the nations' landscapes. Soaring columns against the sky, proud flags flying, tall monuments and elegant frontages, all make a startling first impression.
EDINBURGH CASTLE AND TOWN
Walk the Royal Mile- from Edinburgh Castle through the heart of the Old Town- and you walk in the footsteps of the past: from kings and queens to literary figures like Robert Burns, and then visit the Writers' Museum, off the Lawnmarket. Explore the 'closes' leading off this ancient thoroughfare for tales of old Edinburgh- or take a tour to the half forgotten Mary King's Close, said to be haunted since the 17th century. Further down the famous mile is the grand Palace of Holyroodhouse, started by King James IV in the 16th century and today is still the official residence of the royal family when in Scotland. Close by is the new Scottish Parliament.
Also in the central area is Edinburgh's New Town, considered to be a masterpiece of city planning. With wide and symmetrical streets, neo-classical and Georgian period architecture, the area was home to the wealthy, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
EDINBURGH-PLACES TO SEE, ARTS LIFE
Edinburgh is the venue for the annual Military Tattoo, which runs for around 3 weeks in August every year. Staged against the famous backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, world famous massed pipes and drums, and action displays thrill the senses. The famous finale is the lone piper on the castle ramparts.
Take a tour around the decommissioned Royal Yacht Britannia, berthed at Ocean Terminal in Leith.
Shop for tartans on Princes Street and try Scots brewed beer in a traditional pub.
Visit the Royal Botanic Garden to see Britain's tallest Victorian Palm House.
Take a popular walking tour- a literary or ghost theme will provide great entertainment.
Don't miss the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, where the story of Scotland's national drink is brought vividly to life.