EDINBURGH: ENCHANTING| MYSTICAL | MEDIEVAL
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, situated in Lothian on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth with largely preserved Old and New Towns. There are castles, a palace, tunnels with vaults, and streets named Princes, Queen, and Great King in this fairy tale town. One side of Princes Street is lined with fancy stores and the other side provides an unobstructed view of an enchanting castle, atop an extinct volcano. Come for the medieval attractions and stay for the festivals, Michelin starred restaurants, colorful street performers and kilt-wearing bagpipers.
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BEFORE YOU GO
Elegantly appointed rooms with luxurious amenities can be found in hotels small and stately, old and new. Some are architectural delights in their own right, with handsome views of the city while others are fancy bed and breakfasts.
Indulge in the traditional hearty Scottish breakfast comprising of eggs, baked beans, sausage, grilled tomatoes and more. Be sure to sample fare that is infamous to this region such as fish and chips, scotch pie, cranachan, black pudding and haggis. Make room for the 5 Michelin-starred restaurants that proudly serve up innovative culinary delights. One of them conveniently doubles up as a bed and breakfast.
21212 - Michelin Starred
Castle Terrace Restaurant - Michelin Starred
Kilimanjaro - Coffee
Loudons Cafe and Bakery - Scottish Breakfast
Number One - Michelin Starred
Restaurant Martin Wishart – Michelin Starred
The Edinburgh Larder - Scottish Breakfast
The Kitchin - Michelin Starred
The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar - Fish and Chips
The City of Edinburgh has more pubs and liquor licenses than any other council area in Scotland, so it is not too difficult to locate a watering hole. Enjoy fancy cocktails, whiskey and wines in a variety of settings.
SEE & DO
Discover Edinburgh’s Old Towns which includes the medieval Royal Mile running from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Then head to the neo-classical 18th century "New Town" which includes Princes Street. Both towns are listed as one UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Fringe Festival and Military Tattoo are not to be missed events, and if possible explore the greater Lothian region where underground passageways and chambers await the curious.
There are several spas, located within luxury hotels that offer up some well-deserved pampering for weary travelers.
There are a wide range of small specialty shops, a farmer’s market, and Jenner’s, which is now known as House of Fraser, all selling a wide array of Scottish products. Stroll down Princes St., George St. and Multrees Walk to pick up some art, crafts, toiletries and artisan cheese, confectionery and souvenir bottles of fine Scottish alcohol.