Located next to a large dormant volcano, Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and reigns over rolling green moorlands. It is lovingly known as ‘Auld Reekie’ or ‘The Athens of the North’ and boasts a stunning landscape. Edinburgh has been the home of several writers including J.K. Rowling and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, mythical characters such as Braveheart aka Sir William Wallace, as well as Mary, Queen of Scots. This city is built on seven hills just like Rome and serves as a striking backdrop for history. The skyline very dramatic, with Edinburgh Castle standing guard over the entire city.
The city has the ambience of a medieval town with touches of neoclassical architecture on almost every corner. When you are on an Edinburgh weekend break, there is so much for you to do, including the spectacular views atop Calton Hill, stepping back in time in the city’s Old Town, or sipping a Scotch in one of the city’s best whiskey bars. All the attractions reflect Edinburgh’s theatrical character and both romantic and violent history.
When thinking of Edinburgh, tartans, kilts, crests, and bagpipes probably come to mind, but this city has so much more to offer. This is the second most visited city in the United Kingdom and offers visitors the perfect weekend break. History buffs must visit Holyroodhouse Palace, the official Scottish residence of the royal family, The Royal Mile, and Edinburgh Castle while art connoisseurs should not miss the National Gallery of Scotland. If it is possible, schedule your Edinburgh weekend break during August when it hosts the world famous art festival, The Fringe.
Here’s our insider’s guide to some of the best things to do on your Edinburgh weekend break.
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