Sights in Edinburgh, Scotland
was once the most populous city in Europe. Today it is the highlight of many peopleís trips to Great Britain. The Royal Mile leads from the
Castle to Holyrood Palace with the Old (Medieval) Town on one side and the New (Georgian)
Town on the other. It is possible to see the major sights
with one full day and 2 nights, but we recommend three or more nights. From
London to Edinburgh takes 5 hour by train , 8 hours by car, or an hour and
fifteen minutes by air. There is no need for a car once in Edinburgh, but you
will need one if you plan to tour the rest of Scotland.
Highlights of Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle- An absolute must see! To thoroughly take in the whole thing, allow half a day. There are 5 main point of interest in the Castle; the Crown Jewels (1540), the Royal Palace (used for security), the Scottish National War Memorial (honoring fallen soldiers from WWI and WWII), St. Margaretís Chapel (1130- oldest building in Edinburgh) and the National War Museum of Scotland (one of the best military museums in all of Europe)
Military Tattoo Festival- This is not about body art. It is a two week long festival taking place in August that features bagpipe and drum bands from all over Britain. Book far in advance if you plan to be here during the festival.
Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tours- There are three different companies that offer hop-on hop-off bus tours. These tours stop at all the major sights. You can purchase a ticket from the driver or at the starting point at Waverly Bridge. Make sure you choose a bus that has a live guide rather than a recording.
There are a variety of companies offering day trip tours into the countryside and themed walking tours, including ghost, literary and pub tours. You can get their brochures and sign up for the tours at the Tourist Information office.
Private Guides: See Edinburgh and learn about its history with a private guide. www.PrivateGuidesInEurope.com
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