Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in Europe. Although only around 50 miles separates them, it’s worlds away from Glasgow. Rich in history and architecture, it is a must see for anyone visiting Scotland.
Princes Street is great for shopping, high street and designer, whereas Grassmarket is excellent for vintage shopping.
The Royal Mile is always packed with entertainers, has every piece of Scottish memorabilia you could ever want and has an exciting, contagious atmosphere. At the top lies Edinburgh Castle, exceptional and definitely worth the admission fee. At the bottom is the Scottish Parliament building (Holyrood) and architectural feat although not to everyone’s taste. Directly beside Holyrood is Arthur’s Seat, a hill climb not for the faint hearted although the views even from a little way up are utterly stunning with views over the city and the River Forth.
The Scottish National Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art are also housed in Edinburgh, in Princes Street Gardens, and is home to works by Poussin, Velaquez and Titian. The steps behind the gallery also take you directly to the castle, then you could walk down the Royal Mile instead of walking it twice!
In the winter Princes Street Gardens hosts a German Christmas market which, if you’re in the city at this time of year, is definitely worth attending and spending a few hours at. There’s ice skating, food stalls and plenty of shopping to be done.