Edinburgh & the Lothians
As Scotland’s famous capital city, Edinburgh needs little introduction. Hundreds of thousands of tourists come every year to see its famous castle, Scott Monument, Palace of Holyroodhouse, to walk along Princes Street, admire its elegant New Town and visit its world class museums, art galleries and theatres. With its situation on the Firth of Forth, you hardly have to leave the city to find lovely sandy beaches, while further to the east the East Lothian coast is easily accessible by public transport and offers superb golfing, walking and a choice of castles and stately homes.
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Exploring our Stunning Capital
Edinburgh is a magnificent city with amazing views across the Firth of Forth to the mountains and an abundance of attractions to enjoy. Edinburgh Castle, built on a volcanic rock, occupies a commanding position overlooking the city, and the Old Town, running the length of High Street from the castle, is full of ancient buildings and narrow wynds.
The bustling capital has plenty of shopping and culture as well as its famous annual festival that features comedy acts, plays and street performers.
Immediately below the castle is Princes Street Gardens where there is a great variety of entertainment to enjoy, particularly during the summer months. At festival time in August, the city is particularly en fete with visitors from all over the world who come to enjoy the myriad of performance entertainments and street acts the city offers.
At the foot of the High Street is the new Scottish Parliament building which stands opposite Holyrood Palace, the Queen's residence when she is in Edinburgh. These buildings are overlooked by Calton Hill which has magnificent views of the city and the Firth of Forth. However, the highest hill in the city is Arthur's Seat which dominates the skyline and offers a retreat from the bustling city and a taste of the countryside.
The harbour area at Leith has great pubs and restaurants, and it is here that the Royal Yacht Britannia is moored. Within the city centre there are museums, art galleries, theatres, shops and a huge range of restaurants, pubs and clubs to suit all tastes.
The 'Lothians' refers to the three local authority areas lying around the city. West Lothian, which stretches up to the Firth of Forth and the Forth Road Bridge, has several stately homes worth visiting, including Hopetoun House and Linlithgow Palace. Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by the Da Vinci Code is situated in Midlothian and East Lothian has some famous 'links' golf courses, fine sandy beaches, old castles and wildlife centres as well as the picturesque town of Dunbar.