Edinburgh is truly one of the most captivating cities in Europe a must for all visitors either as a weekend break or as part of a tour of Scotland. Edinburgh is a historic, diverse and cosmopolitan city, from National galleries and Museums to fabulous restaurants and nightlife Edinburgh has it all.
Edinburgh’s dramatic skyline is dominated by Edinburgh Castle home of the Scottish crown jewels and host to the world famous annual military Tattoo. From Edinburgh Castle the Royal mile leads down through the medieval Old Town with its tightly packed tenements and closes to The Palace of Holyrood House and the award winning new Scottish parliament building.
To the north of Edinburgh Castle are the city’s main shopping streets Princess Street, Rose Street and George Street with a large range of shops restaurants and bars. Beyond lies the elegant Georgian New Town area of the city with its squares and crescents designed by James Craig in the 18th century. These beautiful buildings were created for Edinburgh’s professional classes, with servants quarters located at the end of streets and stable accommodation behind.
Hidden below the south-facing drop of Edinburgh Castle is the Grassmarket where long ago the monks of Greyfriars held cattle sales. Nowadays this area has hotels and small speciality shops hidden between the boutiques and restaurants.