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Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city and the seat of its parliament.

It has two nicknames, ‘Auld Reekie’ and ‘The Athens of the North’. The first name is as a result of the smoke that once filled the city and the second to reflect its cultural and scholarly reputation.

The city is dominated by Edinburgh Castle, perched on top of an extinct volcano left exposed by the last ice age. It is believed that the castle area was settled in around 900BC. St Margaret’s Chapel dates back to the 12th century and David’s Tower to the 1370s. This tower was built for David II a son of Robert the Bruce. The castle forms part of the ‘Old Town’ with the streets off the Royal mile being steep and winding often lined by tall tenement buildings dating from the 16th Century. Below the castle is the ‘New Town’, where the wide streets and squares were planned and built in the 18th Century.


Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

Positioned at the top of the famous Royal Mile, it was a major defence structure for the city involved in many ancient battles. It was used as a Scottish Royal Residence until 1603, and remains an important historic monument. Today the castle is open to the public and receives over a million visitors every year. There are stunning panoramic views over the city and see the famous One O’Clock gun being fired. It was also used for the execution of about 300 women who were convicted of witchcraft. Places of interest within the castle include the Great Hall, Royal Palace, St Margaret’s Chapel and the National War Museum as well as the Crown Room where the Honours of Scotland (the Crown Jewels) are held. Also in the Crown Room is the Stone of Destiny which is the traditional coronation seat held previously at Scone Palace and Westminster Abbey.


Princes Street & Princes Street Gardens Edinburgh EH2

Princes Street is Edinburgh’s main shopping street, set in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle. Part of the city’s New Town, it was built during the reign of King George III and is named after his two sons, Princes George and Frederick.


Greyfriars Kirk, 1 Greyfriars, Edinburgh, EH1 2QQ

Greyfriars Kirk is a parish church built in 1620. The Kirk has played a prominent role in Edinburgh’s history and has a small museum inside. Notable artefacts on display include an oil painting of Greyfriars Bobby by John MacLeod and a rare original copy of the National Covenant which was signed in the Kirk in 1638. Greyfriars Bobby is Edinburgh’s most famous dog, now immortalised in statue. The story goes that the Skye Terrier belonged to John Gray, a night watchman in the police. When Gray died in 1858 he was buried at Greyfriars Kirk and faithful Bobby spent the rest of his life at his graveside. When Bobby died 14 years later he was also buried at Greyfriars, close to his master’s grave. A year after Greyfriars Bobby’s death, a statue of the dog by William Brodie was erected on George IV Bridge, just outside the main entrance to the Kirk. The memorial has become a popular tourist attraction.

The following is a list of some of the major attractions with web addresses.


National Museum of Scotland

Museum of Edinburgh

Our Dynamic Earth


Scottish National Gallery

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Scottish National Portrait Gallery


Calton Hill

Princes Street Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens

Corstorphine Hill


St Giles’ Cathedral

Greyfriars Kirk

National Trust Georgian House

Gladstone Land


Edinburgh Zoo

Ghost Tours*

Whisky Tours*

* Others available


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Edinburgh Panorama


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