Edinburgh, an introduction to the capital of Scotland

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and is located on the east side of the country about one and a half hours north of the English border. The city is located in an region of Scotland known as the Lothians and is home to Scotland's most famous castle which dominates the city skyline.

As Scotland's capital the city is full of visitor attractions from museums to festivals and has lots of places to stay to suit all tastes and budgets. Edinburgh's most famous festival takes place during the month of August each year and is known as 'The Edinburgh Festival'. The festival takes over the majority of the city and has also spawned a mirror festival called 'The Edinburgh Fringe Festival'. The Edinburgh Festival is actually composed of a number of festivals all taking place at the same time, as well as the Fringe there is also the Book Festival, the International Festival, the Military Tattoo, Jazz Festival, and Edinburgh Mela.

If your visit is later in the year then you could choose to coincide it with Edinburgh's Winter Festival which takes place during December culminating in the Hogmanay celebrations at New Year. If a spring visit is more to your taste then the Ceilidh Culture, Science Festival, and Film Festival provide lots to see and do.

Edinburgh's most famous street is the Royal Mile which leads up towards the castle. For the fit a walk up the mile allows you to take in the shops and culture before you can take a tour of Edinburgh Castle. The Royal Mile is one of Edinburgh's oldest streets and is in fact so old that it has actually risen in height over the centuries with newer buildings being built on top of older buildings.

Edinburgh Castle is the city's most popular tourist attraction and also the most popular in the whole of Scotland. Parts of the castle date from the 12th century with the majority of what exists today being built during the 16th century. Edinburgh Castle is home to Scotland's Crown Jewells. Visitors can take a tour around the castle and explore the many exhibits and museums contained within.

Whatever you decide to do, whether its a short visit or a longer break the city of Edinburgh is a great place to visit with more than enough to keep everyone entertained.

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