Edinburgh, the capital city of the Scotland, makes one think of bracing landscapes and majestic castles. These alone justify a trip there, but there are so many other things to see and do that one might as well start looking for flights and accommodation in Edinburgh for the next vacation.
Visit the City
Edinburgh provides opportunities for enjoyment of all kinds – natural, sporty, historical and even macabre. Go to Edinburgh Castle to take a peep at the Scottish crown jewels and look out for the 1 pm gunshot. The castle saw prisoners being held captive, tortured or put to death in the past and for a reminder of this gory history, drop in at the Prisoners of War Exhibition to admire the artefacts they made. If you are visiting in August, do not miss the Military Tattoo- the thrilling display of military bands from all over the world. For a breathtaking view of the city, climb atop the Arthur’s Seat, and once there, revel in the fact that you are standing on an extinct volcano! For a chill up your spine, visit The Real Mary King’s Close- an underground maze of streets that is said to be as haunted as it is mysterious.
Experience the City
Accommodation in Edinburgh gets intriguing with options to stay in castles and mansions besides the usual hotels and bed-and-breakfasts. Feel like royalty in Dalhousie Castle, one of the best castle-hotels just off Edinburgh. Macdonald Houston House is a stunning 16th Century manor that has luxurious rooms for guests. Meals are hearty with a fare of venison, stovies (a potato and meat stew) and haggis (a pudding made of sheep offal) available in most restaurants. Wash it down with a dram of Scotch whiskey. In fact, if you are a connoisseur of drinks, you might want to be a part of the Scotch Whiskey Experience- a tour through a distillery that is made interesting with fun trivia about the art of Scotch-making. Even boring walking tours become interesting in this city as you walk through the haunted Greyfriars graveyard or explore the mysterious, unexplained Gilmerton Cove. Edinburgh thus, can be a conveniently easy, yet enthralling city to visit for a holiday.
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