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In this lively capital city visitors see Scotland in microcosm, in both Old Edinburgh and in the newer part of town, as well as in the scenic hills and crags seen along the southeastern horizon. The open-top bus tour helps you get acquainted with the city and you’ll also want to visit venerable Edinburgh Castle situated on a craggy promontory overlooking Old Edinburgh and the Royal Mile.
Plan one day to walk the Royal Mile where you can stop and visit the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, Tartan Weaving Mill, National Library of Scotland, The John Knox House, Museum of Edinburgh, Scottish Parliament building, Palace of Holyroodhouse, and The Queen’s Gallery. You can also poke onto a number of souvenir shops as well as sample small cafes, pubs and tea rooms. You can also find Jenners, a large department store on Princes Street that offers a good food hall.
If you hear a very loud boom around 1 p.m. it’s only the One O’Clock Gun that blasts off a single charge daily from the nearby Half Moon Battery.
On another day enjoy a historic walking tour such as one that takes you through Old Town’s maze of lanes and courtyards or another that visits writers’ haunts and The Writer’s Museum, or, one that includes lots of ghosts and gore from centuries old.
Flower lovers can spend several hours at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and theatre lovers can take in performances at the Royal Lyceum Theatre. There’s enough to see and do in Edinburgh to keep you and your entourage entertained for several days.