Edinburgh

What you need to know before you go

    Edinburgh enchants first-time visitors with its effortless old world elegance. Its UNESCO-listed historical center is a beguiling maze of winding alleys, the skyline dominated by the regal crown steeple of St Giles Cathedral and the imposing turrets of Edinburgh Castle. But scratch beneath this grandiose surface and you'll discover a down-to-earth modern capital city.

    It's packed with laid-back bars, quirky boutiques, lush parks and friendly people. Art aficionados can lose themselves for hours discovering the masterpieces in the Scottish National Gallery, while nature lovers can escape the hustle and bustle with a hike up the verdant hillside of Arthur's Seat.

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