Last Updated: 27th Feb 2011
Edinburgh is the largest and capital city of Scotland. Home to a little under half a million Scots, it is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most handsome capitals. The city is famous for the arts, festivals, events, Edinburgh Castle and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
The Old Town straddles the ridge between the Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse with most of the city’s medieval history clustered in the alleys of the Grassmarket and Royal Mile areas. Surrounded by the city walls, the ‘Old Town’ grew up rather than out and amongst the alleys that lead off the main streets it’s still possible to get a sense the city’s medieval past.
The ‘New Town’, to the north, evolved after 1767 when wealthy merchants expanded the city beyond its medieval walls. This district contains Britain’s finest concentration of Georgian architecture.
A vibrant, fun vibe exists in the city that contrasts with the wealth of history and troubled past of this Scottish sensation.
Edinburgh is well known as one of Europe’s leading cites of art and culture but it is perhaps the international events hosted by the city that are most famous.
Princes Street is the main shopping street of the city.
Pubs and Nightlife
Edinburgh is packed with bars and pubs. The Scots love to have a pint and are among some of the friendliest people on the planet. A popular challenge among the young Scottish lads is to try and have a pint in every pub from one end of Rose Street to the other.