Introduction to Edinburgh

Edinburgh - the Scottish capital that pushes the boundaries of new-era style and sees millions of travellers flock to the city for a piece of the action. And, the action they find is of a city straddling the old and new with some of Scotland’s finest examples of historic architecture, some dating back hundreds of years, coupled with ultra-modern designs that give the capital city its hip edge. With this in mind, Edinburgh doesn’t feel muddled at all and confidently defines its own cultural cachet as the ‘Athens of the North’.

Edinburgh also loves a good old festival with 12 official events throughout the year. The most famous would have to be the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which runs throughout August and features around 800 performances.

When the city isn’t hosting an event, the main areas of appeal for tourists are the medieval Old Town and modern New Town. The Old Town is positioned on a steep-sided hill and features small, winding alleyways trailing off from the Royal Mile which, in true Edinburgh style, ends at Edinburgh Castle. The city’s most famous landmark, Edinburgh Castle is an estate dating back to the 16th century, although some parts are thought to have been built as early as the 12th century.

On the other side of the spectrum, New Town, predominately an 18th century built-up area, hums with commerce and culture. It is here that locals pound the pavement on the hunt for a pint and a traditional meal with a twist. The local cuisine usually consists of meat within a stew or a pie-based dish, while international restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs are also on offer. Come night-time and Edinburgh comes alive with live music, best experienced at the infamous Cave venue, an old, converted 2-storey French stable that offers amazing acoustics and a fantastic atmosphere.

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