The beautiful city of Edinburgh is an enchanting place to visit. With over one million overseas visitors a year, Edinburgh is the second most visited tourist destination in the UK. Every year Edinburgh is host to a variety of events and festivals – you will be spoilt for choice.
The world-renowned Edinburgh Festival is a collective term for several simultaneous arts and cultural festivals taking place during the summer. One of the many festivals happening here is the Edinburgh international festival, which invites you to celebrate the arts and brings people together from around the world. The programmes include theatre, music, opera, dance and visual arts. Edinburgh Fringe started life as a small-scale event but is now the largest arts festival in the world and includes theatre performances, comedy, music, dance and children’s shows. The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of Scotland’s most iconic events, presents a unique blend of music and military theatre set against the backdrop of a floodlit Edinburgh Castle.
As a World Heritage Site, tourists have flooded to Edinburgh in order to visit such historical sites as Edinburgh castle, the palace of Holyrood House and the Georgian New Town. Edinburgh Castle is the most famous of all Scottish castles and the oldest parts of the castle dates back to the 12th century. The castle houses the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny and the National War Museum.
Edinburgh also offers many museums and galleries for art lovers. Among them is the City Art Centre located in the heart of the capital. It has six exhibition galleries and houses both the city’s collection of Scottish art and is also one of the UK’s leading temporary exhibition spaces.
Award winning small tours are available to show you the beautiful Highlands and Islands of Scotland. You can discover the secrets of Loch Ness, Loch Lomond, islands of Orkney and the Isle of Skye.
Edinburgh has a large number of pubs, clubs and restaurants. The more traditional areas are Grassmarket, Lothian Road and the surrounding areas. George Street is also where to find a large number of new, upmarket pubs and nightclubs. Princes Street is the main shopping area in the city centre with a wide range of stores from souvenir shops specializing in Scottish goods to large chain stores. The St. James Centre is a recent addition to the city centre, hosting designer brands such as Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani, Mulberry and Harvey Nichols. There are also a number of retail developments outside the city centre, such as The Gyle and Hermiston in the west and Fort Kinnaird in the east.