What to do in the capital?

Edinburgh has a medieval Old Town and an elegant Georgian New Town with beautiful gardens and neoclassical buildings.

Shops along the famous Victoria Street. From: The University of Edinburgh Image Gallery.

The castle looks over the city of contrasts and Calton Hill is adorned with monuments and memorials.

Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town at sunset from Calton Hill, Scotland. From: northlightimages, Getty Images.
Looking across Edinburgh to North Bridge and Calton Hill from Edinburgh Castle. From: jgshields, Getty Images.

Arthur’s seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views.

A view over the city of Edinburgh looking towards Arthur’s Seat. From: georgeclerk, Getty Images.

“When I looked out in the morning it is as if I had waked in Utopia.” 

George Elliott
(about Edinburgh)
The scenic Dean Village in Edinburgh, Scotland. From: e55evu, Getty Images.
St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland. From: ExFlow, Getty Images.

Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens (top left) and Scottish Parliament (top right). Photos from The University of Edinburgh Image Gallery.

Greyfriars Kirkyard, Old Town, Edinburgh. Photo from The University of Edinburgh Image Gallery.

Edinburgh’s most famous “PET”: Greyfriars Bobby

Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th century Edinburgh for spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died himself on 14th January 1872.