Booming bagpipes, grand castles, heart-warming whisky shots and perhaps an invitation to partake in some traditional haggis await you in Edinburgh.
The Scottish capital city is a vibrant city with a lot of culture, character and history. There is plenty to see and do with historic wonders and modern attractions, the city has something for everyone.
Equally beautiful in every season, any time of the year is perfect for visiting. Summers are warm with long sunny days with festivals and events to enjoy. If you don’t mind chilly weather, winter sees scenic snowfall and you can go ice skating and enjoy the Christmas festivities going on.
Autumn and spring are both pretty seasons to visit and not too busy with large crowds of tourists. Pack your walking shoes because Edinburgh is a compact city but has many hills to climb, getting from A to B.
So there is no reason to wait. You can book your ticket and accommodation for Edinburgh soon. There are many great Air Canada flights to Edinburgh from Toronto. You will land at Edinburgh Airport, which isn’t too far from the city centre.
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation in the city of Edinburgh with hotels, boutique hotels, guest houses, and bed and breakfasts.
The Scotsman is a 4-star hotel with sophisticated rooms, an excellent indoor swimming pool and luxurious interiors from the reception to the brasserie and bar. Just a few minutes walk to the Royal Mile and Princes Street, you are in the perfect spot for sightseeing.
Princess Street Suites has one to three-bedroom suites decorated in fresh and modern decor. You can find out what to see and do during your stay in the city from the dedicated tour desk staff. They often have great deals for guests who stay extra nights.
Cheval Old Town Chambers by Waverley Station and Edinburgh Castle is your place for a stylish and comfortable stay. The Devil’s Advocate Bar and Kitchen was once an old Victorian pump house and is now stocked with over 300 brands of whisky.
Edinburgh Castle was once home to famous kings and queens and their royal subjects. Roam around the castle grounds taking photos but beware of the late Queen Margaret’s ghost who died there in 1093.
The Royal Mile, a Scottish medieval mile, starts at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and winds through Edinburgh’s charming old town right to the gates of the castle. During a self-guided walking tour, you can admire the ancient stone architecture and beautiful details of the buildings. Also, take a walk to the top of Calton Hill for a new perspective of the iconic Edinburgh Castle. Also, you will see the National Monument of Scotland and the Nelson Monument.
Leith is a hip port district with a modern waterfront area, historical buildings, great restaurants and plenty of shopping. There is a festival in Leith every June and Edinburgh hosts many festivals all year long, with the most famous ones being Hogmanay at New Year and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival.
A brisk hike to the extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat, is a great way to spend a morning. At the top, enjoy the scenic city views before making the more leisurely walk back down.
For food lovers, Edinburgh doesn’t disappoint with many fine restaurants serving local and international cuisine. Brave the national dish of haggis if you get the opportunity. Haggis is made from sheep’s heart, liver and lungs. It’s blended with onion, oatmeal, spices and seasoning and cooked while traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach. It’s a famous and much-loved Scottish dish.
For a sweet treat, head to The Chocolatorium, a chocolate-themed tour and shop. The smell of roasted chocolate beans hits you as soon as you arrive. Staff will tell you all about chocolate making, and you have a hands-on experience by making your own. You can take it all away with you, of course, so that is dessert covered.
The Pitt Street Food Market is a casual place to get great food and have some drinks while listening to live music. In Leith, street food and drinks are for sale, so you can buy a selection of flavours or settle into a beer garden setting and relax for the afternoon. The hip weekend gathering is always fun, especially in summer. On your way back to the hotel, stop at Laurieston Castle, the 16th-century Edwardian house with charming Japanese Gardens.
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