Freelance journalist from Derry, Northern Ireland.
Published July 15th 2017
This busy, historic city has an abundance of opportunity and plays host to some of the most amazing and iconic sights throughout Europe.
The globally renowned Greyfriars Bobby stands proudly in this sensational place, and there are numerous sights, tastes and smells that can only be found in Edinburgh. Arthur's Seat offers a splendid perspective on the bottom half of the renowned Royal Mile, yet for an inspiring view of the entire city, Calton Hill is the sole site to visit. This simply spectacular area is home to both the Dugald Stewart Monument and the Nelson Monument, yet more significantly it offers an incredible view of every single area of the city, from the busy main streets to the inimitable Portobello beach.
Other points of interest include the Scottish National Gallery and of course the dreaded Edinburgh Dungeon, ideal for the thrill-seekers among us. Meanwhile the World of Illusions is something slightly watered down yet equally mesmerising, home to hundreds of fascinating and mind-blowing tricks that will undoubtedly leave you scratching your hard.
At the top of the Mile lies the centre piece of the entire Old Town and indeed the city, as Edinburgh Castle stands proudly next to Princes Street Gardens. This majestic, ancient building welcomes the curious tourists and offers mouth-watering views, and like many other fantastic monuments in the city, is just a stone throw away from public transport links such as Waverley Train Station.
Portobello Beach in the rain
On the opposite end of the enthralling Royal Mile sits both Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament Building. These contrasting buildings – the former very modern and the latter appropriately long-standing – sit side by side yet serve highly different purposes. Importantly though, each are iconic points in the city and are equally captivating in stature. Additionally, the National War Museum and the Scottish Whiskey Trail serve as perfect locations for an even greater insight into the famous Scottish identity.
After a hectic day shopping on Princes Street or waving through Waverley station to get to the Old Town, the countless pubs and clubs can be found, eagerly awaiting the excited faces that they meet at their doors. Several of these lively, traditional pubs can be found on the Royal Mile, where thousands of people visit every day in order to get a taste of the nightlife in the capital. The Three Sisters is an ideal spot, just off the Royal Mile, where a tremendous beer garden lies for those rare yet perfect summer evenings, while other local and intriguing bars include The Tron and The Inn on the Mile.
The stunning view from Arthur's Seat
Edinburgh, at the heart of Scotland, is a wholly distinctive and captivating city and offers once in a lifetime views and opportunities to those who are ready to experience somewhere truly special.