Visit Scotland’s capital, where the ancient and modern combine to create a unique atmosphere.
The starting point of most Scottish adventures is Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, where the ancient and modern combine to create a unique atmosphere. Centuries of fascinating history have shaped this city, nicknamed “Athens of the North”, and it shows in how the architecture and vibes change between districts. With a population of just over a half million people, Edinburgh has a conveniently compact city centre, so it’s not likely you’ll get too lost…but you might want to with all the hidden gems to discover.
The medieval heart of city centre, the Old Town, is a great place for a wander, with its labyrinth of covered alleyways (closes), cobbled lanes and plenty of other nooks and crannies. This is where you will find the most famous historical landmarks, including Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace.
Or perhaps you’ll lose yourself in the Georgian (18th century) sophistication of New Town on the other side of Princes Street—the main shopping street. Here you’ll discover more upscale shopping on George Street and stately attractions like the National Gallery of Scotland. Together, the Old and New Towns are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.View Edinburgh & Area