Edinburgh: Castle and Town
Edinburgh:Castle and Town
When most people think of traveling abroad to Europe: Paris, London, or Rome come to mind. However, just a little further north is Europe’s diamond, the city of Edinburgh. The city has so much to offer in terms of history and culture – a magnificent castle and so much more!
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is divided into the medieval Old Town and the Georgian-era New Town. This blend of old and “new” make the city a fascinating place to visit. The wide streets of the New Town are in direct contrast with the Old Towns tiny closes.
One thing Edinburgh has to offer is a spectacular castle. At the top of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh castle sits high above much of the town. Part of the castle dates back to the 12th century. Here visitors can see the Honors of Scotland (crown jewels) and the Stone of Destiny. At the foot of the Royal Mile, visitors may also visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse. History comes alive in the palace, and you can almost see the dramatic murder of Rizzio and feel the anguish of Mary, Queen of Scots. As you wander down (or up!) the Royal Mile, stop in at any of the many museums and stores along your way. It can easily take a day just to check out half of what the Royal Mile has to offer.
Another exciting aspect of Edinburgh is its many festivals. From the Edinburgh International festival to the funky Fringe festival, there is something for everyone. This year, from August 15 – 31, the city hosts a book festival where visitors may meet some of their favorite authors.
Edinburgh also has numerous restaurants which serve dishes from traditional haggis to spicy curry. Scotland is well known for its whisky, and visitors may have a wee taste of whiskey at the numerous shops or at the Bow bar.
Edinburgh is a city on the move, yet steeped in its cultural heritage. It is an amazing place to visit. From the past to the future, there is something for everyone in Edinburgh.