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With cloud piercing spires and majestic architecture you would be forgiven for thinking that Edinburgh was simply a decadent Scottish city. Full of pagan festivals, ghoulish tales of Jekyll and Hyde and narrow plunging cobbled alleys, there is more to Edinburgh than meets the eye.

Rising up, as if from the rocks below, Edinburgh Castle casts its protective gaze across the city below. Out over the Old Town with its steep streets and lively pubs, across the stunning ‘Seven Hills’ from the top of which breath-taking views stretch as far as the eye can see, to the neoclassical Georgian inspired splendour of the New Town where ladies lunch and artisan markets fill the courtyards.

Hotels in Edinburgh range from the lavish Calendonia and Scotsman Hotels in the city centre, to those in the heart of the Old Town like the Witchery, nestled below the castle offering pure, over the top glamour. Edinburgh has a wealth of friendly, affordable B&Bs for those on a budget. These are located in the South side of the city but still walking distance to all the city’s attractions. For unashamed opulence and impeccable service, the grade II listed George Hotel  in the New Town is the oldest hotel in the city, dating back to 1750.

Rowdy rock bands play the city’s hidden venues while locals feast on the foods of multi-ethnic cafes and restaurants as pipers perform their Scottish songs to the crowds. History and modernity collide as Edinburgh’s Acropolis, settled on its hilltop perch, overlooks the ultra-modern design of the new Scottish Parliament. Galleries and museums vie for space with lively night spots and high street shops in this international yet truly Scottish city.

Did you know..?

Edinburgh’s affectionate nickname, ‘Auld Reekie’, comes from the ribbons of smoke constantly seen rising from the chimneys centuries ago when wood and coal were the primary sources of fuel.

It’s not common knowledge that Edinburgh has a river, but from the breath-taking Pentland Hills down to the sea runs the Water of Leith. It’s a perfect spot for runners, walkers, cyclists and those who crave a little solace from the city.

The Last Drop in the Grassmarket is a local boozer with a dark secret. Once the site of many a local hanging, it’s the place to sip an ale under the hangman’s noose