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Edinburgh: Rich in History, Beauty and Festivals

“Yer aff yer heid” is what any Scotsman would tell you if he knew you haven’t yet experienced this capital city.  Whether you are learning about its medieval history, taking in the scenic views or experiencing a Whisky tour, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this Celtic city.
The Royal Mile is at the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.  It is a succession of streets connecting Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood.  The area is filled with historic sites, eclectic shops and plenty of spots for eating and drinking along their cobblestone streets. 
Edinburgh Castle is visible for miles around the capital city.  Built high atop an ancient volcano it’s a main attraction in Scotland.  Be sure not to miss The Crown Room, The Great Hall and St. Margaret’s Chapel among other interesting sites.
Arthur’s Seat is the main peak in a grouping of hills located near Edinburgh Castle.  It’s a relatively easy hike up the mountain and well worth the trek to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of this beautiful country. 
The Palace of Holyrood House or Holyrood Palace as it’s often referred, is the official residence of the British Monarch in Scotland.  It is located at the bottom of the Royal Mile on the opposite end of the castle.  Queen Elizabeth resides at the palace for one week each year at the beginning of the summer.
National Museum of Scotland offers a great museum tour to learn about the Scottish culture.  It boasts 7 floors and over 10,000 exhibits dedicated to the history of Scotland.  This modern museum offers a diverse collection of history, nature and science all under one roof. 
In addition to its many attractions, Edinburgh is also known for its annual festivals.  The city’s most well-known event is the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (that’s “tattoo” as in drums and bugles not barb wire and skulls).  You’ll enjoy performances by Military bands, cultural troops and singers from all around the globe.  This festival is set against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.  The event is held each August and sells out way in advance so you’ll need to plan ahead.
Experience Edinburgh like a local by booking your next home swap with International Vacation Home Exchange in one of our luxury properties located in Scotland.   You’ll feel so much like a native that you may even want to wear a kilt around town, though I’ll leave it to you to figure out that age old kilt question for yourself. 

Thank you Travel Blogger Lisa Medeiros.  Follow her on Twitter @lisamedeiros_


  1. Hi Lisa-glad you wrote this. Edinburgh and Scotland are on my bucket list. I come from a long line of Scots on my mother's side. Somehow, I was taught to say, "Tis Morning" rather than "This morning" because my great grandmother from Scotland said it that way. I was in high school before I figured out that you just don't say this as an American! Thanks for your contributions to IVHE--Sona


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