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Destination Edinburgh

WHY TO VISIT EDINBURGH

Edinburgh welcomes travelers with the silhouette of the castle that stands on an ancient volcanic cone, while in the lower part of the city (the Old Town) medieval buildings and Gothic architectural structures, are enveloped by a gloomy, melancholic and romantic atmosphere: a taste for the eyes and a promise for those who want to discover this city from the mysterious and tormented past.

To the north, however, the New Town with its grandiose network of splendid parallel streets enclosed by a square at each end, the residential palaces and the well-tended gardens recounts another era, the Georgian era, and of an early nineteenth-century Edinburgh. An intriguing and fascinating city from which it is difficult to look away and that enters the mind of those who live it, almost like a witch enchants the hearts of those who travel its streets.

Declared a World Heritage Site, Edinburgh is a magical city immersed in a fairytale setting, one of those Tim Burton-style fairy tales, sweet and dark at the same time.

It is in Edinburgh that famous writers have drawn inspiration for some legendary characters such as Sherlock Holmes, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Harry Potter. Streets imbued with legends, mythical stories, museums, art galleries and festivals.

WHAT TO SEE IN EDINBURGH

Top attractions not to be missed are:

  • Old Town
  • New Town
  • Royal Mile
  • Edinburgh Castle & Castle Gatehouse
  • St Giles' Cathedral
  • St. Mary's Cathedral
  • Grassmarket
  • Gladstone's Land
  • Canongate Kirk
  • University of Edinburgh
  • John Knox House Museum
  • Leith
  • Cannongate Tolbooth
  • Dean Village
  • Church of St John the Evangelist
  • George IV Bridge
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station
  • Princes Street
  • St Cuthbert's Parish Church
  • Royal Mile Market
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Castle Rock
  • Holyrood Palace & Abbey
  • Greyfriars Kirk
  • Scottish National War Memorial
  • St John's Episcopal Church
  • Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Following instead some hidden spots of the city that only locals know!

  • Advocate's Close
  • Lady Stair's Close
  • Scotsman Steps
  • Dunbar's Close Garden
  • Dr Neil's Garden
  • Rosslyn Chapel
  • Edinburgh's Wild West at Springvalley Gardens
  • Linlithgow Palace
  • Scott Monument

WHEN TO GO TO EDINBURGH

Best period to visit Edinburgh is from May to September.

Following a list of main events and typical festivals and celebrations of Edinburgh.

HOW TO REACH AND MOVE IN EDINBURGH

main airports is Dublin Airport.

public transport 

download the bus transport map and check here the tram map

download the transportation APP

 

WHAT TO DO IN EDINBURGH

typical  dishes of Edinburgh are:

  • Irish Stew, stew of mand and root vegetables;
  • Colcannon, mashed potatoes and kale (or cabbage), with milk (or cream), butter, salt and pepper;
  • Champ, side dish of mashed potatoes and chopped scallions with butter and milk;
  • Boxty, potato pancake fried on a griddle pan
  • Boiled bacon and cabbage, unsliced back bacon boiled with cabbage and potatoes;
  • Black Pudding, pork meat, fat and blood mixed with barley, suet and oatmeal in a flavoured sausage;
  • White Pudding, same as Black Pudding, but without blood;
  • Coddle, layers of roughly sliced pork sausages and rashers with sliced potatoes, onions and barley; 
  • Irish Salmon
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Shellfish
  • Barmbrack, yeasted bread with added sultanas and raisins;
  • Soda bread
  • Beer
  • Whiskey

typical  souvenirs of Edinburgh are:

  • Claddagh ring
  • knitwears
  • handcrafted china
  • ceramics
  • glass
  • textiles
  • musical instruments
  • wicker basket or lobster pot.

The main theatre of Edinburgh is are Edinburgh Festival Theatre and Edinburgh Playhouse.

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