Edinburgh Regional Info

As a tourist destination, Edinburgh should feature on everybody's hit list. Its striking image, together with its broad selection of culture and entertainment, has prompted the endowment of countless awards and accolades, recognising its position as one of the best cities in the world to visit.

Signs of Edinburgh's long and fascinating history are prevalent all over, and there are opportunities to discover more about Scotland's capital city at the many museums, galleries and historical landmarks. Meanwhile there are plenty of top-class pubs, bars and restaurants where you can experience the local culture first hand. Edinburgh hosts a full and varied calendar of internationally-renowned events which ensures that, no matter what time of year, the city remains a hub of activity.

If you haven't visited Edinburgh before, then why not? Combining ancient tradition and heritage with avant-garde style, fascinating culture with innovative design, and exhilarating entertainment with unrivalled hospitality; Edinburgh has it all. Hosting the world-famous Edinburgh Festival and the biggest New Year Street Party on the planet, it's no surprise that Edinburgh attracts over three million visitors a year.

Edinburgh city centre is split between the New Town and the Old Town, with Princes Street Gardens and the railway tracks acting as the border line between the two. Both have been recognised for their beauty and historical significance with the classification of Edinburgh as a UNESCO World Heritage site. They both have a lot to offer, with popular tourist attractions and leisure activities aplenty.

The Old Town is home to some of Edinburgh's most famous sights, not least Edinburgh Castle, which, perched on top of the towering castle rock, defines the stereotypical image of the town. Running east down the hill from the castle is the Royal Mile, a busy street that leads all the way to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Old Town is a playground for tourists, with plenty to explore. A walk down one of its winding, cobbled streets will reveal many hidden gems.

In stark contrast to its older counterpart, the New Town is far more uniform, but has its own character and charm. This part of the city was built to deal with the rising population of Edinburgh as its economy began to grow during the 18th century. Nowadays the splendid Georgian houses that line the streets are occupied by fashionable shops, chic bars and classy restaurants.

A great way to discover the real Edinburgh is to take a trip beyond the city centre to one of the many suburban communities. As the city boundaries have swelled, they have come to encompass villages that were once very much apart from metropolitan life. Many still hold an individual identity and can rival the centre for entertainment value.

Or, further afield, you can benefit from Edinburgh's envious position in the heart of the Lothians by taking time to visit the rest of the county. From Open Championship golf courses to royal palaces, from golden sandy beaches to whisky distilleries, and from horse racing to hill walking; the opportunities are so wide and diverse, you are bound to find something to take your fancy.

20th century Scottish poet Alan Bold put it better than anyone else could when he said:

"Edinburgh is an experience, A city of enormous gifts, Whose streets sing of history, Whose cobbles tell tales."