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Edinburgh – the capital of Scotland, located on the east coast of the island of Great Britain. The city is situated on a hilly area near the Firth of Forth, It is a city with great parks, an impressive old town, beautiful surroundings and historic monuments.
Edinburgh most famous attractions are the Edinburgh Castle (14th century) and the Palace of Holyroodhouse (16th century, residence of British monarchs in Scotland), the Camera Obscura & World of Illusions, the St Giles’ Cathedral (14th century) and the Greyfriars Kirkyard (16th century). Furthermore, the main museums in Edinburgh are the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the National Museum of Scotland. By the way, if you like whiskey you should definitely visit the Scotch Whiskey Heritage Centre, where you can learn about old whiskey production techniques and taste whiskey from different regions of Scotland. In addition, Edinburgh is recognized as one of the greenest cities in United Kingdom and can offer numerous natural areas and beautiful parks such as Holyrood Park (middle hill – Arthur’s Seat), Dunbar’s Close Park and the Royal Botanic Garden (17th century).
Edinburgh has many spectacular attractions in its Old town. One of the most beautiful places is the Dean Village, located by the Water of Leigh, with beautiful old buildings and cobblestone streets. Furthermore, you should definitely try walking the Royal Mile, which is a stretch of road connecting the Edinburgh Castle and the Holyrood Palace. On Sundays we recommend visiting the Stockbridge area market where you can try out local food. It is worth trying out traditional Scottish dishes such as Haggis (bits of a sheep, boiled in the sheep’s stomach) and Kedgeree (spiced rice dish with fish). When you’re tired of the city, be sure to visit the Portobello Promenade for a stroll along the beach and interesting local shops.
Best time to visit
Weather in Edinburgh is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, therefore summers are warm and winters are mild. Average temperature vary from 1° C in winter up to 19° C in summer. The best time to visit Edinburgh is from May to September.
When choosing travel dates to visit Edinburgh you should take into account tourist peak season which is between June and August, therefore, you could save money and avoid crowds in the shoulder months of May or September.
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