There’s more to Edinburgh than the castle, bagpipes and festivals. As well as being steeped in history the city is also bustling with cultural events and a thriving nightlife. A good place to start and get your bearings is The Royal Mile, – the road which runs from the Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Along it’s length this historical thoroughfare consists of the Castlehill, the Lawnmarket, the High Street, The Canongate and the Abbey Strand. It is best visited by starting from the castle Esplanade and walking downhill.
Also in the Castlehill are the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, the Outlook Tower and the Highland Tolbooth. The Outlook Tower features a unique Camera Obscura at the very top that uses a special system of mirrors to project a picture of Edinburgh onto a table while visitors listen to a commentary about the city.
Of course a visit to Edinburgh castle itself it an absolute must. The view from the very top is absolutely stunning and visitors will be able to admire the entire city of Edinburgh as well as the surrounding area spread out beneath them.
Edinburgh isn’t short of excellent museums either. If the weather turns miserable you can choose from the modern Dynamic Earth exhibition near Holyrood Palace, the excellent new Museum of Scotland, the National Gallery of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
The main event in Scotland is the annual Edinburgh International Festival, which takes place in the month of August. The event was established back in 1947 and over the decades has grown to become one of the most important and largest art festivals in the whole world. During this vibrant and very exciting time of year visitors will have the chance to take in a wide range of different types of performances, ranging from comedy to poetry and dramatic dance displays.