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Top 4 Things To Do In Edinburgh

November 3, 2014

The city of Edinburgh is truly a sightseer’s paradise that begs to be discovered and explored. From the urban villages of Cramond and Stockbridge to the narrow lanes and vaults that maze its Old Town, Scotland’s capital is teeming with spectacular sights as well as come-hither and quirky corners that would entice you to walk a bit further.

Every corner you turn, in this Scottish destination, reveals unexpected breathtaking vistas, such as a flash of the distant blue sea, and green sunlit hills. What’s more, it boasts a lovely mixture of medieval palaces, Gothic churches, ultramodern structures, and Georgian buildings.

But, there is more to this dazzling cultural tapestry than sightseeing. Aptly nicknamed as “the Athens of the North”, the city is an absolute feast to the mind and senses as well, serving as a home to a cluster of shops, restaurants and nightlife venues. Not to mention, it has an endless array of city festivals, including the Tattoo, Hogmanay, the Fringe, and a whole lot more.

What are the best things to do in this vibrant city? Check out these tips, and make sure to include them to your itinerary plan:

 

1. Wander around the Old Town

Taking a leisurely stroll around the city’s Old Town is something that you must include to your itinerary plan in Edinburg. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, this old neighborhood is simply an epitome of the beguiling history of the city. From the grand to the modest, every walkway, monument and building in this heritage site is steeped in historical richness that can be appreciated by talking a walk at the Royal Mile, a famous street in this neighborhood.

As you walk around this part of the city, you will be able to lay eyes on a collection of monuments with heartrending and fantastical histories, such as the Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood House, St. Giles Cathedral, Mercat Cross and Greyfriars Kirkyard.

 

2. A visit to an iconic castle

No trip to the city of Edinburgh is complete without a layover to its most celebrated icon, the Edinburgh Castle. One of the most popular and atmospheric tourist attractions in all of Scotland, this awe-inspiring castle is a mighty royal fortress that has defended the entire nation from intruders since the earlier parts of the 12th century.

Today, it is a host to the Prisons of War exhibition, the Scottish National War Memorial, a trio of museums, and the crown jewels of the country. Furthermore, the castle has glorious stonework as well as offers scenic views of the city, thanks to its lofty location.

 

3. Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a spectacle you can’t afford to miss during your visit to this capital. In this one-of-a-kind event, you get to witness a euphoric musical play filled with fireworks, visual lights, drums, pipes, and of course, talented performers.

 

4. A heavy dose of fun and excitement

Tired of historic and cultural attractions? Then, spice up your itinerary plan to the Athens of the North by planning a visit to the Xtreme Karting and Combat Edinburgh in Newbridge. Here, you get to experience the excitement and thrill of motorsport, as you race down the 42,000-square feet track designed with long straights, sweeping corners and hairpin bends. Whether you are a seasoned race kart expert or a novice, the Xtreme Karting and Combat is an adrenaline-pumping attraction that induces an extra element of fun and adventure to your trip.

These are just some of the countless of activities and attractions that await you in the capital city of Scotland. To discover more of Edinburgh’s magnificent extravaganzas, create an itinerary plan to this city now with Trekeffect! Cheerio!

 

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Ashley Thompson
A fun size lass born in rock and roll who dreams to become a rock star, or a world traveler, or both.