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A staunch city built on seven hills, Edinburgh is the political and cultural capital of Scotland. Saying the Scottish capital is proud of its history just doesn’t quite do it justice. As the winter gray skies clear, the city blossoms with one of the world's most impressive array of summer festivals. If you like hundreds of Scottish country dancers, regal bagpipers and exploding cannons, make sure to visit the Edinburgh Castle's Military Tattoo (buy your tickets today!). How about the arts? The Edinburgh International Festival and its quirky offshoot Edinburgh Fringe Festival (overtaking its parent to become the world's largest arts festival) dominates the city every August with performances in dance, theater, music, and even stand-up ... Read more
comedy. But don't stay away if you arrive off-season, as there's plenty of things to do year-round. The Edinburgh Castle, home to the Tattoo, is a stately hilltop fortress that offers breathtaking views and a quick Scottish history lesson. Keep up with history at the National Museum of Scotland, where you can hear the Millennium Clock chime and see Roman-era weaponry. Scots love their signature haggis so much, they even offer it in a vegetarian option for squeamish visitors.
Edinburgh’s reputation for having wet, unpredictable weather is well deserved, so you should bring rain gear and layers whenever you travel. If you are looking for hot weather, it would be best to look elsewhere, because even in summer the temperatures only get up to daytime highs in the upper 60s and low 70s (19°-22°C). But with this warmer weather comes the festival season, one of the most exciting times of the year to visit. If you aren’t afraid of a little thermal underwear and freezing temperatures, the New Year’s celebrations of Edinburgh, known locally as Hogmanay, are epic, and famed for being some of the biggest in the world.
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Chesterfield, Missouri, USA

Great place with lots of history and culture. The people are friendly and the food is unique! If you can get there during a good warm season check out the castles and pretend your in a game of thrones episode

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Miami, Florida, USA

An amazing city in Scotland that is filled with so much history and great pubs.

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Barcelona, Spain

It is a beautiful place and special place. Its architecture and shape makes it totally different from other places in Europe.

Recommended for:History Buffs
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Local from Edinburgh, UK

Edinburgh has it all, great restaurants and pubs, lovely scenery and a castle!
If you fancy joining up gastronomy and history; a walk down the royal mile popping into anywhere that takes your fancy is the way to go. I really rate angels and bagpipes for some lunch and if you time it right you might see some traditional live music being performed at one of the many watering holes.

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Barcelona, Spain

Calm and cosy city with very friendly people! Don’t miss a hike to Arthur’s seat for a bird’s eyes view of the whole city.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

I visited Edinburgh for the first time in May 2017 and thought the city was brilliant. So much history and tradition.

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Oakland, California, USA

Edinburgh is beautiful! A little grey, but also very green when you go in the summertime. Great city for a weekend, or even day trip. You have to see the castle, of course!

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Local from Edinburgh, UK

Edinburgh is a beautiful town with something to offer for everyone. Enjoy a hike up to Arthur's seat, stroll through the old town, explore the castle or shop and experience the local whiskey or food.

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Glasgow, UK

A great city with a small and culture laden, historical centre. There are loads of sights and museums to visit here and if you come in the summer be sure to check out the world famous festivals. Best of all these is the Edinburgh Fringe, primarily a comedy festival, with shows and performances all across the city. Don't worry about booking tickets as there will always be something available that is worth going to see. Crowds can get huge in the summer so if you like to avoid people then come off season.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma

Scotland has been my favorite place to travel so far. Edinburgh was extremely affordable and diverse- perfect for backpackers!

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