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One of Europe’s most iconic attraction, a mighty fortification and favored residence of Scotland’s kings and queens. Sited on top of an extinct volcano, gaining a stunning view across City of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Castle is a must-see. Make sure you look out for the Royal Palace, where the Scottish Crown Jewels are kept. The crown, sword and scepter are amongst the oldest regalia in Europe and are displayed with the Stone of Destiny, where the previous Scottish Monarchs were crowned.
The Royal Mile
Located in the Old Town, the historic heart of the city, Edinburgh’s Royal Mile guards the secrets to Scotland’s past. With Edinburgh Castle at the very top and the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the bottom, it is one of the most famous streets in the world. The area hosts many attractions, restaurants, bars, and shops — you can easily spend a whole day here exploring.
The Holyrood Palace
Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is The Queen’s official residence in Scotland and is closely associated with Scotland’s rich history. The visit to Holyroodhouse includes Mary, Queen of Scotland’s Chambers and the Darnley Rooms, the setting for many dramatic episodes in Mary’s short and turbulent reign. One of the most famous rooms in the Palace, the Great Gallery is hung with Jacob de Wet’s portraits of the real and legendary kings of Scotland.
Princes Street Gardens
Princes Street Gardens are a delight to discover and take a stroll through. With a stunning view of the Castle, the impeccably landscaped park is a perfect place to sit and relax in the sun. Within the gardens there are many statues and monuments to inspire — and be sure not to miss the world’s oldest floral clock!
World Class Art Galleries
The city of Edinburgh is particularly rewarding for lovers of art and architecture. The city’s rich heritage is on display in the city’s numerous well stocked museums and art galleries, showcasing both the ancient and the modern. If you want to learn the history of Scotland and its land (at the National Museum of Scotland) or gaze upon the priceless works of art (on show at the National Gallery of Scotland), the city has something for everyone.
In addition to these, the city has several reputed whisky distilleries, a variety of theatres, clubs, bars, restaurants, shops and most of all – the beauty of the Scottish landscape.