welcome to edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland’s vibrant capital city, boasts a wealth of visitor attractions both traditional and modern, from castles to art galleries and museums to historic monuments.
The world famous Old Town has been awarded world heritage status. Nowhere else can you find such a fine concentration of historic and cultural landmarks, including Edinburgh Castle – the jewel in the crown.
The city of Edinburgh is a gateway to the stunning countryside, beautiful mountains, lochs and glens for which Scotland is renowned.
get to know edinburgh & scotland
Dating back to the 12th century and housing the Scottish crown jewels, this famous castle stands on an extinct volcano. It dominates the centre of Edinburgh to create one of the most impressive cityscapes in the world. Edinburgh Castle is steeped in history and is a must see.
Edinburgh’s Old Town
Stretching the length of the Old Town, the Royal Mile, Edinburgh’s oldest street, runs from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace. There are many places to visit on the Royal Mile such as St Giles’ Cathedral, the Scottish Parliament, Mary King’s Close and John Knox’s House.
Edinburgh’s New Town
From 1767 the New Town has been an expression of Edinburgh’s transformation from a medieval city into one of the most impressive cities in Europe. Today it is best known for its stunning Georgian architecture, Princes Street and the Scottish National Gallery.
Whilst Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, Glasgow is it’s largest city and is the third largest city in the UK. Well known for its shopping, many museums and visitor attractions, not to mention hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2014, Glasgow has also been voted the friendliest city in the world.
Dominating the landscape above the River Forth, historically whoever controlled Stirling controlled Scotland as it was the gateway to the Highlands and the Lowlands. In 1314 Robert the Bruce won the battle of Bannockburn in the shadow of Stirling Castle which gave Scotland its independence from England.
This fascinating and historic town played a major role in the religious life of Scotland’s medieval past, with a cathedral dating back to 1160. St Andrews is also renowned for the West Sands Beach, made famous in Chariots of Fire, and the Old Course, one of the oldest and most famous golf courses in the world.