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Edinburgh Travel Guide

Edinburgh the capital city of Scotland is one other major tourist destination in the UK. The proximity of the city to England is one the main reasons for the popularity of the city. A few other valid reasons include multicultural population and the well preserved medieval architecture of the city. There are numerous attractions in the city that only with prior knowledge or proper guide can you enjoy the pleasures that the city has to offer. If you are interested in a visit to this vibrant city, you won’t encounter any diffculty on how to find a property or a comfortable place to stay in Edinburgh that will suit your needs. This article briefs on a few most fascinating locations in the city of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a popular monument that dates back as far as 9th century. It was one of the most important castle fortresses of Scotland. There still exists a few of the 16th century buildings, such as the St Margaret’s Chapel.

The magnificent castle fortress among the volcanic rocks, which served as a secure location and provided effective defense to royal families has now become the second most visited tourist spot in Scotland. Upon visiting the castle you will be rewarded with magnificent panoramas in all directions.

St. Giles’ Cathedral

St. Giles’ Cathedral also known as High Kirk of Edinburgh is one of the prominent landmarks of Edinburgh. The crown spire is the highlight of the church. In spite of revamping the interiors of the church still retain the ancient architectural wealth, such as the carved ornament. It is has been a religious focal point for over nine hundred years now. The cathedral is considered to be the mother of the Presbyterianism. This is one among the worthy places in Edinburgh to visit and a nominal fee is collected from the visitors. There are regular guided tours to the church and local guides can explain highlights of the cathedral in a vivid manner.

The Scotch Whiskey Heritage Centre

The Scotch Whiskey Heritage Centre is one of most visited places in Edinburgh. Whiskey being Scotland’s national drink, it is celebrated in this center. The exhibition that covers three floors is about an hour long guided tour. The complete process of distillation and blending will be explained at every stage. You can even learn the history of whiskey production and consumption in various languages, such as English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. The spot is educative as well as entertaining for both kids and adults. It’s a great place for lovers of scotch whiskey.

Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel, which was earlier named as the Collegiate Chapel of St. Matthew, is a 15th century located at about seven miles from Edinburgh. The chapel is not only famous for its decorative art but also for its enigmatic links with the Knights Templar, the Holy Grail, and the Freemasons. If you had only read about it in Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code, do not miss the opportunity to visit the chapel. A nominal fee is collected from visitors for the maintenance of the chapel.

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo other wise called the Scottish National Zoological Park, is yet another attraction in the city of Edinburgh. The zoological park spreads over an area of about eighty acres and has over 1,600 species. It is also the only zoo in the Whole of Britain that houses Kolas. The beauty of the zoo is that it has many of the endangered species which you find only in a few zoological parks. An entrance free is collected from the visitors and there is online booking facilities as well. Advance booking could save you much time from standing in a queue.

Transport and Accommodation

Edinburgh is a compact city and you can reach any tourist spot or shopping center within 15 minutes of ride. All of the transport terminals including the airport, railway station and bus stops are well within reach and the car rental service is also available at your beck and call. Since every area of the city is easily accessible staying either at city center or a litter far from the center makes no difference. However, you can save a few bucks by staying a little far from the center of the city. You can find accommodation of wide range in the city.