Edinburgh is a city of centuries-old castles, cobbled streets and beautiful old houses. Admire the ceilings in the city’s many elegant rooms and browse countless bookshops that passionately curate their collections.

If you are considering taking a day trip or weekend getaway to Edinburgh, here are some aspects of the city that you can enjoy:


Scotland’s capital is one of Europe’s most memorable cities, with a charm that makes it a favourite of travellers. Edinburgh’s uniqueness lies in its narrow cobbled passageways (called closes in Scots) that wind through the city and reveal dark corners where terrifying events once took place, majestic buildings and gardens, countless fascinating museums and a kind-hearted population.

The city is also known for its pubs, clubs, and restaurants with a vibe to suit anyone, and of all ages. There are a number of good cocktail bars in Edinburgh that is home to many students, as well as cocktail bars that give a sophisticated edge.

For those who are interested in the city’s nightlife, there is a plethora of choices. The area’s clubs feature a mix of styles, from nostalgic indie to house and R & B to traditional Scottish folk music. There are also several bars that serve a variety of drinks, including whiskies and beers.


Edinburgh may be famous for its castle, festival and riotous Hogmanay celebrations, but its architecture is equally impressive. The Scottish capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, packed with dreamy Georgian crescents and pristine gardens. The evocative tombs and towers of the Old Town evoke the city’s past, while the weathered tenements and tolbooths of Calton Hill spark imagination.

But the city’s rich architectural legacy is also about change. From the flamboyant nips and tucks of the castle to the imposing battery, Edinburgh’s medieval structures are a feast for the eye, but its New Town reflects a more modern sensibility too.


With its awe-inspiring castle perched on a dormant volcano, endless cobbled streets and tantalizing vistas waiting around every corner Edinburgh is a city made for walking. Wandering the medieval Old Town or up Arthur’s Seat and Calton Hill is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the city’s rich history.

The 17th century saw Edinburgh booming as a political and commercial hub. Insurance, banking and printing flourished while the city became a centre of philanthropy. As a result the city’s wealthy merchants built many of the beautiful houses that line the streets near The Royal Mile.

Old Town

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Edinburgh’s old town is the historic heart of the city. From the imposing grandeur of Edinburgh Castle looming over the Royal Mile to the enchanting labyrinth of alleys, or closes, which give you a glimpse into Scotland’s ancient skyline, this area is brimming with historical landmarks and things to do.

The Old Town was a sheltered place to live, protected by a natural rampart of rock. Its unique landscape helped shape a network of narrow streets, or closes, which could have risen to 14 or 15 storeys and were closed at both ends by gates (called ports) in the castle walls.

New TownThe Georgian New Town is famous the world over for its graceful sweeping crescents, wide streets and private central gardens. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its elegance and provides an insight into daily life in the 18th century.

It was built to ease overcrowding within the Old Town walls and stem the exodus of wealthy citizens to London. A competition to design the new suburb was won in 1766 by James Craig, a 27-year-old who had no previous architectural experience.

Streets were laid out with grand squares at each end. Stately George Street was the premier thoroughfare – it linked the two grand squares. Today, it is lined with high-end designer shops and bars, many of them occupying former bank halls. You will also find the impressive Assembly Rooms and Royal Scottish Academy Building designed by Playfair on the Mound. There is a great view of the Old Town from Calton Hill on the eastern edge of the New Town.