Edinburgh is a great city for sightseeing. From the delightful medieval cobbled streets of the Old Town complete with Gothic spires and the imposing form of Edinburgh Castle to the sleek and distinguished classical lines of the New Town, visitors are spoiled for choice.
Edinburgh’s skyline is dominated by the castle, and it is not for nothing that this fascinating building (the site of so much bloody history) is one of Scotland’s most visited attractions. To delve further into Edinburgh’s, often turbulent, history why not pay a visit to the hauntingly beautiful Greyfriars Kirkyard to hear tell of the loyal terrier Bobby who refused to leave the grave of his master? While you are there, spare a thought for the unfortunate Covenanters imprisoned, tortured and executed there, and keep a watchful eye out for the Mackenzie Poltergeist – claimed by some to be the world’s best attested ghost!
Perhaps now a change of pace and a visit to the stately and majestic Palace of Holyroodhouse or a chance to explore the Royal Yacht Britannia for a glimpse of the many benefits of regal privilege. Alternatively, head for the Royal Botanic Gardens to enjoy the rich cornucopia of nature’s bounty and take in the spectacular views of the city.
Much of the city is best viewed on foot, although you can also take advantage of regular bus tours and hop on and off as you pass an attraction which catches your eye.