Saturday, January 24, 2015

5 Reasons you should head to Edinburgh, Scotland

Hey readers, hope you all are having a great weekend.  Today I'm going to write about Edinburgh. Edinburgh city is the capital of Scotland which is my favorite country so far. The city is located on Lothian just right on the southern shore of the Forth or Fifth. It is the Scotland’s 2nd populous city and the 7th populous city in the UK.  Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland since 1437.
St Giles' Cathedral

 Edinburgh is a cultural city with a wide range of the wonderful cathedral, hills and mountains as well as a big stone turret which remain in Edinburgh Castle. The people of the city are very festival lovers. You will definitely impress the locals by knowing that Princes Street is the correct spelling (dedicated plurally and not possessively for King George III's sons - hence the absence of an apostrophe). Seriously though, don't make the mistake of pronouncing it Princess Street.  They have many annual celebrations of music, comedy, art and theatre.   You do not need a rental car in Edinburgh.  Walk the Royal Mile and enjoy what this gorgeous city has to offer.


There are many reasons why you will visit Edinburgh City.  Here is my 5 reasons why you should head to Edinburgh for your next vacation.

The Royal Mile is the heart of Scotland. It is a street from you can visit two historical places of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle and Scottish Parliament.  The word Royal Mile means one Scott Mile. There are numerous attractive places for tourist in Royal Mile such as: Edinburgh Castle, The Scotch Whisky Experience, Camera Obscura, Writer’s Museum, Mary King’s Close, St Giles’Cathedral, Museum of Childhood, John Knox House, the Scottish Parliament and so on.

The Scottish capital has plenty to offer, but one sight stands out more than others: the towering Medieval Castle.  Easy to spot from the windows of Edinburgh hostels, the castle stands high on a hill above the city, dominating the landscape and providing an awe-inspiring view.  

Hoisted high on the craggy Castle Hill, almost as if it's monitoring the city below, Edinburgh Castle is one of the city's must-see attractions.  It is thought that the first man may have stood on the Castle Rock as far back as 8000 years ago.  Inside its blackened stone walls are the Honours (or crown jewels) of Scotland, Queen Mary's Apartments, the Great Hall and the infamous Mons Meg cannon.  Scotland's most famous landmark, Edinburgh Castle is one of Britain's most visited touristattractions.

The Old Town

The Old town is One of the Popular tourist Places of Edinburgh City. The Old Town is full of cobbled streets, hidden courtyards and narrow alleyways. The Royal Mile, the well-known street full of reformation era structures  is situated at its center. The Old Town is full of historical place. You can see Bedlam Theater, the White Horse, Scottish Storytelling Center, Roman Eagle Lodge, Canongate Kirk, Cabaret Voltare, Edinburgh Castle, Fruitmarket Gallery and much more in the Old Town.

Palace of Holyrood House

Edinburgh city has a wide range of breathtaking arts and architectural history. The world’s most festive capital is full of architectural structures like Culzean Castle, Hopetown House, Royal Scottish Academy, the Scottish National Gallery, Floors Castle and many more. Scotland has a proud history of the world renowned artists and their works. Among the most beautiful portrait is the Skating Minister created by Edinburgh-born painter Henry Raeburn. You can visit Paisley museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery to view the World class painting and Artwork.

Greyfriars Bobby is the name of a skyterior dog, Who became well known after spending approximately 14 years to guard the grave of his owner John Gray until he died in 1872. The statue of Greyfriars Bobby is one of the tourist attractions in Edinburgh.


Edinburgh is a big city full of historical places and natural beauty. You must visit this city once in your lifetime. 

"Travel makes one modest, you see what tiny place you occupy in the world".  -Gustave Flaubert

14 comments:

  1. Glasgow and Edinburgh both are my favorite places. I remained enrolled in Edinburgh university and it was the most fascinating period of my life. The Old Town's Royal Mile is the loveliest place..

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    1. I didn't make it to Glasgow. I heard it's gorgeous. I did tour the University of Edinburgh.

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  2. Gorgeous place to walk around at your leisure, albeit the hills and steps... Do not done heels, wear comfortable shoes. Grass market area is steeped in history, where the hangings took place, lovely bars, restaurants and shops, the castle is stunning

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    1. I'm a sneakers person. No heels when traveling. Appreciate your input Allison

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  3. I would love to go to Edinburgh, Scotland. I'd mostly like to see the Edinburgh Castle, mainly for how old it looks and I've always wanted to see what a castle looks like on the inside.

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    1. The castle is very old and gorgeous. I hope you will make it soon.

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  4. What a great place, I would like to visit one day

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  5. nice and unbelievable beautiful place
    you are rock kate
    i love you and your blog

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  8. The buildings and structures around Edinburgh are simply amazing! So highly detailed. Just consider when all these buildings were created, long before so called 'modern days' and yet the architecture and beauty of the building design rivals any of buildings that are standing today. This entire area of Edinburgh is so rich in history and so much lore (and superstition) surrounding events and places there. A must see!

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    1. Thank you for your input Sheba! I love Edinburgh. Scotland is my favorite country so far.

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