Edinburgh is a large city in The Lothians in Scotland. It is 45 minutes from Berwick-Upon-Tweed by train or 1hr 20 minutes from Paxton by car on the A1. Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland is a grand historic city and is home to the Scottish Parliament. The city is steeped in history and has fabulous views across the Firth of Forth and into the surrounding countryside.
Edinburgh has a large popular university and hosts the Edinburgh international Festival and The fringe. The Scottish Notional Gallery and the National Museum of Scotland are located in the city. A large memorial to Sir Walter Scott stands tall in Princes Street in the shadow of the magnificent castle, sitting proudly on a hill overlooking the city.
Edinburgh Old Town extends from the castle and down the Royal Mile to Hollyrood Palace. Here there are many ancient churches and buildings with small alleyways and steps leading downhill. At the bottom of the hill is Princes Gardens and opposite the Georgian buildings of Princes Street and the New Town.
The main railway station is Edinburgh Waverley with trains running to London and most parts of Scotland. The nearby airport is served by local buses and trams which also run to the shopping centres on the edge of the city.
This vibrant diverse city has something for everyone, from history and the arts to shopping and relaxing. It is a fantastic place to visit and will keep you busy for days.
Edinburgh Castle is situated on a rocky outcrop in the heart of the Old Town in Edinburgh. This historic fortress, which dominates the skyline of the city has existed since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century. Unfortunately much of the old castle was destroyed in the 16th century but was subsequently rebuilt and still stands proudly today. From the 15th century its role as a residence declined and by the 17th century it was being used as a military barracks. The castle was one of the most important strongholds in Scotland and was
involved in many conflicts suffering as many as twenty six sieges.