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EDINBURGH CITY GUIDE
Beautiful, compelling and awash with the sight and sound of kilts and bagpipes, the Scottish capital packs a real punch.
Surrounded by the stunning Lothian lowlands, this city of literature contains incredible neoclassical buildings, two UNESCO World Heritage sites and acts as the home of the Scottish Crown Jewels. Explore castles, linger in the Old Town's street-side cafés and climb a volcano in the middle of the city.
Playing host to an enormous number of events, including the Fringe Festival – the world's largest arts festival – you’ll find things to do in Edinburgh for everyone.
Start your adventure by getting a P&O Ferry to Scotland, and explore the city the way you've always dreamed of. .
Edinburgh's inner City
Edinburgh has over 4,500 listed buildings and a rich architectural history that has seen the city dubbed the 'Athens of the North'. Dominating the skyline is the mighty Edinburgh Castle which looks down onto the city from Castle Rock and serves an eternal symbol of Scotland.
The Royal Mile acts as the artery of the city, connecting Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace and the High Street. Stroll down this café-lined historical road, admiring the bagpipers before arriving at the gorgeous Medieval Old Town with its labyrinth of cobbled walkways and secret courtyards.
For the best views of the city, head to the extinct volcano at its core: the 251-metre Arthur's Seat. Alternatively, you can gain a phenomenal panoramic view of the city by heading up Calton Hill at sunset.
Live events in Edinburgh
Edinburgh city is a beating heart of activity, and acts as the host to some incredible live performance events. Arguably, the most well-known festival held in the city is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the most famous and largest arts festival on the planet.
The city is no one-trick-pony though, with other huge dates in the calendar being the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and Hogmanay. Hogmany is the Scottish name for New Year, and this hugely popular festival sees the city come alive with torchlight processions, street parties, concerts and firework shows every 31st December.
Edinburgh's fantastic food
Scotland is famed for its speciality dishes, which make essential tasting for any visitor. Neeps and tatties (root vegetable and potato) and of course Scotland's national dish, haggis (lamb, beef, oats, onions and spices) can be found at many pubs and fancy dining establishments across the city. Check out Hadrian's Brassiere and the 1516-founded White Hart pub, among others.
Much of the local fare revolves around the abundance of fresh seafood. Enjoy and savour the finest scallops, kippers and Scottish salmon at fish markets, restaurants and oyster bars dotted throughout Edinburgh.
No trip to the capital would be complete without sampling a dram of the city's world famous whisky. Enjoy fine aged blends at one of the many whisky bars, or take a barrel ride through the distilling process at the interactive Scotch Whisky Experience.
Out and about in Edinburgh
Positioned at the heart of Scotland's urban zone, Edinburgh is perfectly located for those looking to explore the surrounding natural beauty of the Lothian region.
This area of diverse terrain varies from gorgeous beaches to woodland walks and looming castles.
You can also enjoy a self-drive adventure by heading to the nearby cities such as Stirling or Scotland's second city of Glasgow, before retreating to the peaceful town of Linlithgow or having some fun in the sun on one of North Berwick's many beautiful beaches.
See the best of Edinburgh by travelling to Scotland on a P&O Ferry from Larne to Cairnryan.