Tourists looking for a great holiday destination can find great beaches and places to get a good tan all over the world. However, there are few places in the world that have as much charm and magic as the capital city of Scotland. Edinburgh, the medieval paradise right in the highlands, is one of the most attractive historical cities in the world. A place known for its rich history, its wonderful stone castles and its stunning landscapes, the home of Sean Connery, JK Rowling and Alexander Graham Bell, Edinburgh may not be the first place most people think of when deciding where to travel, but the truth is it’s a wonderful city for travellers from all over the world.
Edinburgh has been the capital city of Scotland for at least five centuries, but traces of human habitants in the area can be dated back to around ten thousand years ago. Scottish history is long and convoluted, and Edinburgh was at the centre of it. For the most Anglophobe and historically inclined of tourists, the Scottish capital can be a fascinating place to visit. Both of Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns, divided by the wonderful Princes Street Gardens, are exceptionally rich in history for them to witness. Tourists can enjoy the best view of the city from Calton Hill, at the end of Princes Street. Aside from being a fantastic place to watch the sunset with all of Edinburgh at their feet, travellers can visit some worthwhile monuments such as the National Monument, the Dougal Stewart Monument, or the Nelson Monument.
On the other end of the city, another sight not to miss when visiting the historical city is Edinburgh Castle. Located on Castle Hill by the historical centre, and surrounded by cliffs, Edinburgh Castle is the most visited place by tourists, and for good reason; the castle is huge and contains numerous attractions for visitors such as St Margaret’s Chapel, the Stone of Scone, the National War Museum, the Pet Cemetery, and many more. The castle is especially wonderful during August, when tourists can witness the yearly military parade by the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, with fireworks and bagpipe performances.
Edinburgh is not only a historical city. Besides being the second most important financial district in the UK, it is also one of the most culturally significant spots in Britain. Over 30 festivals are celebrated annually in the city, but the two festivals for which Edinburgh is known worldwide are the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, both August events. The latter is the largest performing arts festival in the world with over 3000 shows staged on the over 300 venues all over the city.
Edinburgh is a wonderful place for visitors all over the world, whether they are looking to visit the beautiful sights and historical monuments, take part in the world-renown festivals, or just have a pint at one of the lovely pubs in the Royal Mile.